Music features

Post image for The Timbre of Moonlight: Won Il on bringing traditional instruments to a modern audience

I meet Won Il (원일, 元一) in the reception area of an apartment hotel near the Barbican. He’s hanging out with some of the members of the National Orchestra of Korea, chatting. All 60 orchestra members managed to get booked into the same hotel within easy walking distance of the concert hall where they would […]

{ 0 comments }

Preview – Ahn Sook-Sun at the Cadogan Hall: the must-see event of K-Music 2013

by Colin Bartlett 11 June 2013
Thumbnail image for Preview – Ahn Sook-Sun at the Cadogan Hall: the must-see event of K-Music 2013

Colin Bartlett explains why he’s definitely going to be at the Cadogan Hall on 21 June. To show it isn’t just me that considers Pansori is one of the truly great art forms of the world, I’ll start with a quote from Simon Broughton of Songlines: “Often described as Korean opera, the description is misleading […]

Read the full article →

Rachmaninov, Flamenco and Han: LKL meets pianist HJ Lim

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2012
Thumbnail image for Rachmaninov, Flamenco and <em>Han</em>: LKL meets pianist HJ Lim

LKL is surprised four times in the space of a twenty minute interview with Korean pianist HJ Lim, and ends up an even bigger fan than before. Having enthusiastically listened to HJ Lim’s industry debut at Abbey Road Studios in May, and having purchased her boxed set of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, we’re really […]

Read the full article →

The MBC K-pop event: HyunA and Queen will shine; EXO K have nothing to lose

by Philip Gowman 23 June 2012
Thumbnail image for The MBC K-pop event: HyunA and Queen will shine; EXO K have nothing to lose

The MBC K-pop and culture showcase at the indigO2 sold out in around 3 hours. For those who didn’t get tickets, what are we missing out on? Here’s LKL’s predictions: The headline acts 4Minute Cube Entertainment’s girl band 4Minute came to London last year for the United Cube concert in Brixton. In hindsight, I think […]

Read the full article →

The London Korean Links Awards 2011

by Philip Gowman 7 January 2012
Thumbnail image for The London Korean Links Awards 2011

The sixth of LKL’s annual unscientific and very personal recognition of the best things of last year. And in the field of film, books and CDs what is encouraging is that there is so much to choose from. There were also plenty of good Korean cultural events in London, Edinburgh and elsewhere, but there was […]

Read the full article →

Korean Homesick Blues: the finest indie sounds from Korea

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2010
Thumbnail image for Korean Homesick Blues: the finest indie sounds from Korea

Bored with K-pop? Want to find something a bit more adventurous? Of course, you’ll already be an avid reader of Anna Lindgren’s excellent Indieful RoK. And now, if you want to listen to some of the most interesting alternative, indie and underground music around, you’ll be tuning in to Korean Homesick Blues, a regular podcast […]

Read the full article →

2010 Travel Diary #16: A meeting with Hwang Byungki

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2010
Thumbnail image for 2010 Travel Diary #16: A meeting with Hwang Byungki

Tuesday 4 May 2010. Hwang Byungki is probably Korea’s best known performer and composer for the kayageum. When I submitted my proposal to the Korean Culture and Information Service for the stories I wanted to investigate during my visit – of which the main one was the preservation and reinvention of Korean traditional culture – […]

Read the full article →

A meeting with Noeazy

by Anna Lindgren 14 April 2010
Thumbnail image for A meeting with Noeazy

Anna Lindgren of Indieful ROK meets with the up and coming Korean metalcore band Noeazy One of my very first evenings in Seoul, I found myself at Club FF checking out a bunch of hardcore bands. Although I had a pretty good idea of what the roster would treat me to, one band in particular […]

Read the full article →

The many sides of Younee

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2010
Thumbnail image for The many sides of Younee

Younee is back in the UK for a punishing schedule of live gigs, radio interviews and broadcasts. LKL is her first interview, two days after landing at Heathrow. We meet, together with her manager, Anthony Steinberg, at the now familiar rooftop bar at the St George’s Hotel, next to All Soul’s Langham Place. Last time […]

Read the full article →

A meeting with Nah Youn Sun

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2010
Thumbnail image for A meeting with Nah Youn Sun

It’s always nice when a singer you’ve been following for ages gets some well-deserved recognition. It’s even better, if you get the chance to interview her, when you find out that as well has having oodles of talent she’s a really nice person as well. Nah Youn Sun comes across as self-effacing on stage – […]

Read the full article →

A meeting with Biuret

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2010
Thumbnail image for A meeting with Biuret

LKL meets the energetic Korean rock band Biuret, the overall winners of Sutasi 2009, during their brief visit to London. I’ve come to the Royal Garden Hotel overlooking Kensington Gardens to meet Biuret, one of the latest Korean bands to win international recognition. The foyer is packed with music industry types, because this is the […]

Read the full article →

Tearliner revisited

by Anna Lindgren 23 October 2009
Thumbnail image for Tearliner revisited

Anna Lindgren of Indieful ROK gets in touch with Tearliner again, two years after her first interview. The past couple of years, my favourite Tearliner has gone from being the loveliest of indie musicians to becoming the excellent music director that perfectly sets the mood for any scene. Working on popular dramas he’s largely responsible […]

Read the full article →

Younee and the British Invasion

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2009
Thumbnail image for Younee and the British Invasion

Younee, the versatile singer-songwriter-pianist from Korea, is in London to launch her new album and play the Pizza Express Jazz Club. She takes a break from her rehearsal schedule to talk to LKL about her musical influences. It was not a good start to the interview. I had selected the Wigmore Hall bar as a […]

Read the full article →

Map the Soul – a revolution for the music industry

by Saharial 27 May 2009
Thumbnail image for Map the Soul – a revolution for the music industry

Saharial shows her appreciation for the way in which hip-hop group Epik High’s new album is marketed: international fans are included, and even welcomed.

Read the full article →

Happy music, Happy people

by Anna Lindgren 28 April 2009
Thumbnail image for Happy music, Happy people

Over the past few years, Happy Robot has become one of the finest indie labels in Korea. Nina Lee from Happy Robot talks to Anna Lindgren from Indieful RoK.

Read the full article →

Kim Kwang Seok – a folk singer still much loved today

by Saharial 12 January 2009
Thumbnail image for Kim Kwang Seok – a folk singer still much loved today

LKL’s K-pop correspondent enthuses about a popular singer from the 1980s and 1990s

Read the full article →

A nomination for Artiste of the Year 2008

by Saharial 10 December 2008
Thumbnail image for A nomination for Artiste of the Year 2008

Saharial highlights a performer whose star has been rising this year

Read the full article →