Event news: KCC’s April House concert features Hyungi Lee

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2017
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April’s house concert at the KCC features percussionist Hyungi Lee: KCC House Concert: Hyungi Lee Tuesday 25 April, 7pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Free entry but booking is required. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk Designed to support UK based Korean musicians, the KCC House Concert is a new performing arts programme at the […]

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Exhibition news: Hong Sungchul — Solid But Fluid, at Pontone Gallery

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2017
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Pontone Gallery’s latest exhibition: Hong Sungchul: Solid But Fluid 17 March – 16 April 2017 Opening reception Thursday 16 March | 6–8 pm Pontone Gallery | 43 Cadogan Gardens | London SW3 2TB | www.pontonegallery.com Mon – Fri: 10am – 7pm | Sat: 11am – 7pm | Sun: 11pm – 6pm Born in 1969 in […]

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London and Seoul sign Friendship City agreement

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2017
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When Seoul Mayor Park Wonsoon was in town yesterday he signed a “friendship city” agreement with London Mayor Sadiq Khan at City Hall. According to Yonhap, the agreement is “aimed at strengthening cooperation in nine sectors including economic democratization, improved response to climate change and digital renovation.” Earlier in the day Mayor Park was at […]

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Exhibition visit: Chosun Paintings — Beyond Borders, Beauty.

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2017
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When going along to an exhibition of work by North Korean artists you’re not quite sure what to expect. David Heather’s collection that was exhibited at La Galleria in 2007 had something for all tastes, including propaganda posters; a genre, influenced by western painting styles, that might be dismissed as Juche kitsch; and Chosonwha, which […]

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Update: upcoming Frontline Club discussion no longer about PGH’s impeachment

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2017
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Update: this event has now been changed to be a documentary screening and discussion about the South Korean TV show Now on my way to meet you. The below text is retained for archival purposes but is no longer relevant. Asia in Realignment: The Impeachment of Park Geun-hye Frontline Club | 13 Norfolk Place | […]

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Conference news: Presence Through Sound — Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2017
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Coming up at SOAS immediately after Easter, a two-day conference that includes a concert at Club Inégales, one of our favourite venues. Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia 18 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings 18 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm, Club Inégales, 180 North […]

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Event news: Musicians from Korea and Japan at Club Inegales

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2017
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As part of the two-day conference at SOAS, there will be one of Club Inégales’ special evenings of musical improvisation featuring musicians from Korea and Japan: Presence though Sound: Elements of Asia Yi Ji-young (gayagum) – Korea Hyelim Kim (taegum flute) – Korea Jihye Kim (changgo) – Korea Kiku Day (shakuhachi) – Japan + Notes […]

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Korean performers needed for Hull City of Culture Gwangju project

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2017
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dreamthinkspeak, pioneers of site responsive performance, are creating a new production entitled ONE DAY MAYBE as part of the HULL CITY of CULTURE programme of events. The production is scheduled for September this year. ONE DAY, MAYBE is inspired by the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising in South Korea. The project casts an eye on the […]

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Event news: Minjung Baek piano recital in Petersham

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2017
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Notice of a recital near Richmond on Passion Sunday. MinJung Baek – piano Sunday 2nd April 2017, 7:30pm The Dysart, 135 Petersham Road, Petersham, Surrey TW10 7AA, www.thedysartpetersham.co.uk Beethoven – Sonata No.32 in c minor Chopin – Waltz Op.34 No.1 – Ballad No.1 in g minor Granados – Goyescas No.5 Rachmaninoff – 3rd mvt from Sonata […]

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April events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2017
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A busy month for music, with a two-day conference at SOAS, a tour from Jambinai and the first Korean Sounds concert, among many other things. In addition, this month marks the third anniversary of the Sewol sinking, and there are at least three commemorative events that I know of so far, with probably more that […]

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Event news: Lee Eon-hee’s Missing is the 2nd LKFF Teaser

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2017
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Lee Eon-hee’s Missing is the second LKFF Teaser screening this year. Paul Quinn is enthusastic. Missing (미씽: 사라진 여자) 10 April 2017, 6:30pm Picturehouse Central Book tickets UK Premiere Director E Oni’s stylish thriller utilises powerful performances from her lead actresses to address a variety of topical issues affecting two women at very different ends […]

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Exhibition news: Jeongwon Eom — 1:60, the KCC’s second 2017 Open Call exhibition

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2017
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The next exhibition at the KCC is by Jeongwon Eom, finalist in the KCC’s 2017 Open Call: Jeongwon Eom — 1:60 The 2017 KCCUK Open Call II Exhibition Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW | Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue from 3 to 22 April 2017, Monday–Friday: […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Spring

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2017
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The KCC is again running a series of concerts at Kings Place this year. Great venue. The first is on 12 April: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Spring  with the Members from London Philharmonic Orchestra & Court Music Orchestra of the National Gugak Center Wednesday 12 April, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One, 90 York Way, London, N1 […]

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Modern Poetry in Translation – the Korean issue

by Philip Gowman 26 March 2017
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The latest volume of Modern Poetry in Translation magazine has a focus on Korean poetry. The subtitle of the issue is The Blue Vein – a reference to a line from Kim Hyesoon’s work included in the volume. “Every morning the sky, the blue vein slaps you hard.” The extract is from Kim Hyesoon’s latest […]

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Event news: Poetry reading by Don Mee Choi

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2017
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After this evening’s poetry reading in the Coronet Theatre’s wonderful Print Room in Notting Hill Gate, Don Mee Choi will be giving another reading at SOAS, tomorrow evening. She promises she will be wearing a special costume for the occasion, at which she will be reading from her 2016 work, Hardly War. Poetry reading by […]

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Exhibition visit: Suh Do-ho — Passage/s

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2017
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Visiting the Suh Do-ho solo show at Victoria Miro gallery is a very British experience. You queue to get in the front door, queue in the back yard to get to the second exhibition space and, once admitted to this gallery you queue again to get up close to the main exhibit. In the dozen […]

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Event news: KCC’s March House Concert

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2017
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News of the KCC House Concert for March: KCC March House Concert Tuesday 28 March, 7pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Free entry but booking is required. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk Designed to support UK based Korean musicians, the KCC House Concert is a new performing arts programme at the Korean Cultural Centre […]

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