The World’s First Referendum – and its aftermath

by Matthew Jackson 8 August 2016
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Korea is a country of hidden wonders. These wonders, which have remained hidden in some cases for centuries, are continually being unearthed. Many have something to teach us about the world we live in today. The Sillok – royal annals that documented every day of the Joseon dynasty for the five centuries it governed Korea […]

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Songlines reviews some Korean releases

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2016
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As if to warm us up for this year’s K-music Festival, Songlines July issue reviews three recent Korean CDs: The one of most interest to past attendees of the festival will be a review of Jambinai’s latest release, A Hermitage. Songlines were strangely lukewarm about it. Not so Consequence of Sound: “Experimental outfit blends traditional Korean […]

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K-music 2016 – the official press release

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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The 2016 K-music festival offers a really exciting line-up. Here’s the official press release with links to more details about the individual concerts. Book your tickets at www.serious.org.uk/k-music – where you can also get a festival pass: all 7 concerts for just £70. There’s also a special section dedicated to the festival on the KCCUK website. K-MUSIC […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Modern Table present Darkness Poomba, 24-25 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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The final performance of K-music 2016 blends contemporary dance with traditional song and rock music. Modern Table present Darkness Poomba Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 October | 8.00pm The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | London WC1H 9PY £16 (plus concessions) + Booking fee | Book here Choreographer Kim Jae-Duk and his group of dancer/musicians […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Danpyunsun and The Sailors + Asian Chairshot, 21 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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The second of K-music’s gigs at the Rich Mix bring Danpyunsun & The Sailors and Asian Chairshotback to the UK for a double bill. Danpyunsun and The Sailors + Asian Chairshot Friday 21 October | 7.30pm Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £12.00 + Booking fee | Book here One […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — National Gugak Centre, 12 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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No festival of Korean music would be complete without some sanjo, and it’s good to welcome back the experts. National Gugak Centre Wed 12th Oct 7.30pm Kings Place, Kings Cross Tickets £8.50 | Book here Piri Sanjo – Haegeum Sanjo – Daegeum Sanjo Interval Stravinsky: Soldier’s Tale – Devienne: Sonata No. 2 – Bartók: Contrasts […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Kyungso Park & Andy Sheppard, 11 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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This is the most experimental gig in the K-music festival this year, and promises some unrepeatable music. Kyungso Park + Andy Sheppard Tuesday 11 October | 9.45pm (stage time) Royal Albert Hall / Elgar Room | Kensington Gore | London SW7 2AP £15.00 + Booking fee | Book here Saxophonist Andy Sheppard premieres a new […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Jambinai, 3 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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It’s good to have Jambinai becoming more of a regular visitor to London. Expect some tracks from their latest album, A Hermitage. “Experimental outfit blends traditional Korean music with sky-cracking post-rock,” summarised Consequence of Sound in their album review. Jambinai Monday 3 October | 8.30pm (stage time) Oslo, Hackney | 1a Amhurst Road | London E8 1LL […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Idiotape + Patients, 27 Sept

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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This one could be loud. And very exciting. Idiotape + Patients Tuesday 27 September | 8.00pm (stage time) Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £12.00 + Booking fee | Book here MTV said ‘If Cut Copy, Daft Punk and Chromeo had a Korean baby, they would beget the funkatastic, celebratory […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Youn Sun Nah, 20 Sept

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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It’s good to have Youn Sun Nah back in London with Ulf Wakenius. She gives this year’s K-music festival its official opening at the Union Chapel – a great venue. Youn Sun Nah + Ulf Wakenius Tuesday 20 September | 8.00pm (stage time) Union Chapel | Compton Terrace | London N1 2UN £15 + booking […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, 15-17 Sept

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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The first K-music events this year will be held at the British Museum, and are designed to celebrate Chuseok. Watch this space for announcements of the various family-oriented events at the museum over these three days. Jeong Ga Ak Hoe Thursday 15 Sept, 11am & 3pm Friday 16 Sept, 6pm & 7:30pm Saturday 17 Sept […]

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Event news: Save the Green Planet and No. 3 are August’s films at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2016
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August’s screenings at the KCC include two of LKL’s favourites: Save the Green Planet – one of our top 10 films of the noughties – and No. 3, an early gangster comedy with early appearances from a couple of big stars. Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!) Director: Jang Joon-hwan, 2003, 118 mins Cast: Shin Ha-kyun, […]

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August events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2016
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It’s August, so it’s time to head up to Edinburgh for the fringe. A summary of all the Korean performers can be found here. Otherwise, there’s the regular programme of events in London which includes the following: Film The third of the KCC’s “Teaser screenings” for the London Korean Film Festival 2016 is Himalaya, at the […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds 4 — Summer Aria

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2016
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The fourth Korean Sounds concert features opera arias and art songs: Korean Sounds Series 4: Summer Aria Wednesday 24 August 2016, 7.30pm Kings Place Hall 2, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG Artists: Member of the Royal Opera House – Tenor. David Junghoon Kim, – Soprano. Haegee Lee – Bass. David Shipley Book Tickets: £8.50 l Kings […]

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Event news: Korean Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2016
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An interesting workshop focusing on Korean Shakespeare adaptations, of which we have seen a fair number in the UK over the last decade. For those planning a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe, there’s an opportunity to catch one of the performances in London before going up, with EDP’s version of Taming of the Shrew, described […]

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Event news: 2 K-horror hits at Frightfest

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2016
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London’s Frightfest, which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, has two Korean horror movies including this summer’s smash hit Train to Busan. The venue is Vue Cinema Shepherds Bush | West 12 Shopping Centre | Shepherd’s Bush Green | London W12 8PP. Train to Busan (부산행) Director: Yeon Sang-Ho, 2016, 118mins Monday 29 […]

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Event news: Ongals – Babbling Comedy returns to Kingston

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2016
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The comedians from Ongals are always a hit wherever they go, so it’s good to have them return to Kingston for another gig down at the Rose Theatre this summer: Ongals: Babbling Comedy Fri 5 Aug 2016, 7.30pm Kingston Rose Theatre Tickets £11 – £16 + £2.50 booking fee | Book here Come and celebrate […]

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