Arirang

The UK debut of the National Orchestra of Korea at the Barbican on 14 June launched the 2013 K-music festival. In his interview with LKL the day before, the orchestra’s musical director Won Il had promised sounds that a British audience had never heard before. And the orchestra certainly delivered on that promise. The 60-piece […]

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Nah Youn Sun on reducing an audience to tears

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2013
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LKL’s favourite jazz singer, Nah Youn Sun, fresh from singing at Park Geun-hye’s inauguration talks to the JoongAng Daily about her career, about her new album, Lento, which will be released in the UK in April, and about singing Arirang to foreign audiences: To my surprise, audiences, regardless of their nationality, shed tears while listening […]

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Looking back at 2012: Culture, tourism and branding stories

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2013
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The first of four articles in which we look back at some of the stories which caught our attention during the course of 2012. In this first article we look at cultural promotion, heritage, tourism and related topics. Heritage and Cultural Promotion Korea’s national folk song, Arirang, was listed as world Intangible Cultural Heritage by […]

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“Arirang” looks to be safeguarded at UNESCO for (South) Korea

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2012
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After last year’s scare that China was laying claim to Arirang, Korea’s most famous folk-song, it looks like UNESCO will soon be listing it as part of Korea’s intangible heritage (source: Korea Times / Cultural Heritage Administration). But the song, which is loved throughout the peninsula and in Korean communities elsewhere, is to be registered […]

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China claims Arirang as its own

by Philip Gowman 25 June 2011
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Why 'Arirang' isn't listed among Korea's cultural assets – and why it soon will be thanks to the Chinese. Interesting article in the Chosun Ilbo http://bit.ly/jFz2MM with a counterblast by Roboseyo (Nobody owns Arirang) #

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Arirang sells French Connection

by Philip Gowman 10 March 2010
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“This is The Woman,” opens a new ad for French Connection. “The Woman of All Women.” The voiceover is rather reminiscent of British children’s TV programming from the 1960’s (Watch with Mother). The footage is in black and white, adding to the slightly dated feel. And in the background, we hear, as if in the […]

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Review: Youn Sun Nah and Ulf Wakenius at the Vortex

by Philip Gowman 11 May 2009
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There weren’t many people who knew what to expect at the Vortex on Sunday night. Time Out had given a useful taster in their listings column, while one or two Korean fans (including the ambassador’s wife) knew Youn Sun Nah’s music well. Probably most of the audience were there because they are Vortex regulars – […]

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Concert notes: Baramgot at St Giles — event of the year?

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2008
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A review of a superb concert by traditional / fusion music group Baramgot, led by Won Il.

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English church, Korean choir, great concert

by Philip Gowman 25 August 2008
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What is aural image is conjured up when you hear of a Civic Chorale? Perhaps a worthy amateur choral society, used to performing madrigals with rather too many singers and too much vibrato, plodding through an annual Messiah at Easter time? Think again when it comes to the Suwon Civic Chorale. This forty-strong choir from […]

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Music at the 2008 Dano Festival in Trafalgar Square

by Saharial 15 June 2008
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Saharial wraps up on our coverage of the 2008 Dano Korea Summer Festival, and launches the LKL YouTube Channel with exclusive live video footage from her camera. Its now a week on from the Festival, but the memories still linger very happily. Of course, there was more going on than Noridan, with three musical sets […]

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Concert notes: Choi Jin at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2007
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Concerts at SOAS always seem to have a good turn-out. Monday (19 November) was no exception when Choi Jin and colleagues presented a programme of modern compositions and arrangements of music for traditional Korean instruments. Keith Howard provided some informative introductions to the music to be performed, which provided useful context as well as some […]

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