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Event news: K-music 2015 — Jambinai, 16 Sept

We’ve been wanting to see Jambinai live for years, but never made it down to Womad or any other of their gigs. So we’ll definitely be at the Rich Mix for this.

K-Music: Jambinai

Wednesday 16 September | 8:00PM
LONDON Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA
£10 + Booking fee


Jambinai are the next thrilling instalment in the tale of new Korean music. They sculpt sound in a way that’s drawn comparisons to Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky and the crystalline power of Sigur Ros – but they draw deep on Korean traditions. It’s not just a stage full of amazing instruments – Korean fiddles, massive zithers blended with glorious lyrical guitars – but also a conscious sense of using the tradition to create something thrillingly new. They’ve been seen at Womad and Glastonbury, but this is their first London show – catch them as Jambinai step out onto a world stage.

‘Korea’s Jambinai impressed with their genre-blurring sound, applying traditional folk instruments to eruptive instrumental drone-rock reminiscent of Sonic Youth’ (**** Times)


  • Bo-mi Kim (Haegum/Vocals)
  • ll-woo Lee (Guitar/Piri)
  • Eun-yong Sim (Geomungo/Vocals)
  • Moung-hoon Ryu (Drums)
  • Ji-hoon Ok

Key Instruments

Haegum, Piri, Geomungo, Guitar, Bass, Drums


2010 EP Jambinai
2012 Différance [차연,差延]
2014 Différance [차연,差延] Remixed & Remastered


  • 2011 EBS Hello Rookie Final: Jury Prize
  • 2013 10th Korean Music Awards: Best Crossover Album
  • 2015 12th Korean Music Awards: Special Award



  • Cena Contemporanea (Brazil)
  • WOMEX (Cardiff, UK)


  • SXSW (USA)
  • Glastonbury (UK)
  • performed 52 times in 38 cities 14 countries


  • Womadelade (Australia)
  • Babelmed Music (France)
  • Primavera Sound (Spain)
  • Liverpool Sound City (UK)

Ushering Korean traditional music into the 21st century, Jambinai’s stunning sonic compositions mix mesmerizing sounds from the past with elements of folk, metal, and electronic music.

In the summer of 2011, the band was invited to play at the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, one of South Korea’s largest music festivals. And in November of that year, they came in second place winning the °Jury Prize” at the EBS Hello Rookie Final – an award show created to highlight South Korea’s top young bands.

Jambinai released their debut full-length album in February 2012. Challenging and compelling, the highly-acclaimed affair won “Best Crossover Album” at the 2013 Korean Music Awards and also earned Jambinai a nomination for “Best Jazz & Crossover Performance” at the ceremony as well.

Jambinai have played well-received sets at a number of international festivals including the World Village Festival in Finland, Cena Contemporanea in Brazil, WOMEX in Wales, and the Oslo World Music Festival in Norway.


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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