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Event news: K-music 2015 — SU:M + special guest, 1 Sept

2015’s K-music festival opens on the South Bank on 1 September with SU:M.

K-Music: SU:M + special guest Arthur Jeffes from Penguin Cafe

Tuesday 1 September | 7:45PM
LONDON Southbank Centre | Purcell Room | Belvedere Road | London SE1 8XX
£15 + Booking fee | Book here


SU:M’s name (pronounced “soom”) translates as “breath” and it expresses the physical connection of these two women to the music they create – sometimes a soft sigh, sometimes a cry, sometimes a silent holding of breath. Jungmin Seo plays the gayageum (a massive 25-string zither) and Jiha Park plays wind instruments including the saenghwang (imagine the subtlest mouth organ, with 17 bamboo pipes).

They are an astonishing experience live – they’ve played Womex Cardiff and were seen at WOMAD last year. This opening concert of the K-Music festival of Korean music is their first London concert.

The evening will begin with a short solo set by Arthur Jeffes, leader of Penguin Cafe, who will play music by himself and his father Simon Jeffes inspired by their travels in Asia – and it will end with a short collaboration between Arthur and SU:M.


  • Ji-ha Park (Pin, Saenghwang, Yanggeum)
  • Jung-min Seo (Gayageum)

Key Instruments

  • Piri, Saenghwang, Yanggeum, Gayageum


  • 2010: Rhythmic Space: A Pause for Breath


  • 2013 showcase at Womex
  • 2014 10th World Music Festival


  • 2010 MAP (Mullae Arts Plus)
  • New Artist Trend 2009 supporting project for young artists
  • Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture 21st Century Korean Music Project

For 숨 [su:m], music is a way to express the essence of life, since their formation they have been telling colourful stories of various lives in the language of music.

Since 2007, for a better interpretation of the genre, the two musicians, Jiha Park (Piri – Bamboo Oboe, SaengHwang – Mouth Organ, Yanggeum – Dulcimer) and Jungmin Seo (25 stringed Gayageum – Zither, Steel stringed Gayageum) have composed and performed their own musical pieces. Their ambitious aim is to start a new era for traditional Korean music that sheds a light on the contemporary spirit by addressing in a musical sense the sentiments and lessons learned from living a modem life.


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

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