K-music 2020 online: Hey String

For me, Hey String were the highlight of K-music 2019. So it’s great to see that they’ve got another gig this year. K-Music Specials I: Hey String Friday 6 November, 7pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive Gayageum trio Hey String push beyond the limitations of traditional performance in a full force of interplaying melodies and […]

K-music 2020 online: Jaram Lee

The final show in the K-Music Encounters series features leading pansori singer, Jaram Lee, where she will discuss and perform The Old Man and The Sea, based on Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece and recreated in pansori form. Lee goes back to the basics of pansori, and only with traditional Pansori linguistics and simple percussion, she brings […]

K-music 2020 online: Kyungso Park, Jae Il Jung + Soona Park

A double-bill of collaborations in the third online concert of K-music 2020. K-music Encounters II: Kyungso Park + Soona Park Wednesday 4 November, 7pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive Kyungso Park Kyungso Park is a composer, player and improviser of the gayageum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument that sounds like a cross between a harp, […]

K-music 2020 online: Yoon Jeong Heo + Vincent Peirani

Some of the highlights of previous K-music festivals have been the collaboration between Korean and Western performers. Here’s the first such event in the 2020 festival. K-Music Encounters I: Yoon Jeong Heo (from Black String) + Vincent Peirani Tuesday 3 November, 7pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive In the first episode of K-Music Encounters, geomungo […]

K-music 2020 online: Dongyang Gozupa + Dal:um

The second online concert of K-music 2020 introduces some new acts that we haven’t seen before. Let’s hope they get to come over in person next year. K-Music New Talent I + II: Dongyang Gozupa + Dal:um Monday 2 November, 7pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive Dongyang Gozupa In a hard-hitting combination of progressive, post-rock […]

K-music 2020 online: Jambinai

The first online concert of K-music 2020 features one of the most popular acts from previous years. K-Music Greats I: Jambinai Saturday 31 October, 5pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive Jambinai present traditional Korean music in a new and innovative way, with their ground-breaking post-rock sound that combines folk, metal, jazz and ambient electronic elements […]

K-music 2020: the official press release

Despite the pandemic, Serious and the KCCUK have arranged a great line-up for K-music this year. Bookended by live performances to open and close the festival, there’s a range of exciting online performances which involve new collaborations between favourite K-music artists from the past as well as some new names. We’ve already posted about the […]

K-music 2020 livestream: Soojin Suh + Kit Downes

As an update to all the below, there will be a livestreamed collaboration between Soojin Suh and Kit Downes broadcast on the Serious YouTube channel, Tuesday 8 December at 7pm. More details here. ================================================================= The November lockdown is the final nail in the coffin of this on-off gig. K-music 2020 is now online only. But […]

K-music 2020 live: ADG7 CANCELLED

I just got this email from King’s Place: Dear Patron, We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled. Please see the below message from the show curators at Serious… ‘The ADG7 concert will be postponed until K-Music 2021 because of concerns about travelling at present. The rest of the K-Music 2020 programme […]

LKFF 2020 announces its line-up

This is now the 15th edition of the festival organised by KCCUK. As is to be expected, this year is somewhat different, with many of the screenings taking place online. There’s plenty to enjoy in the programme. We’re particularly looking forward to Mark Morris’s selection of Mudang films. Here’s the official press release; we’ll be […]

Korean films at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival (this won’t take long)

The programme for the 64th BFI London Film Festival was announced earlier this week. As one might expect, the format is somewhat different this year. The schedule boasts “over 50 virtual premieres and a selection of highly anticipated new feature film previews … with work from more than 40 countries”. However, despite the diversity of […]

The annual Harvest Fest moves online

Congratulations to the organisers of the annual Korean Harvest Fest for putting something so enticing together in these difficult times. The Chuseok celebrations organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange have moved online this year. Plans for screenings in the heard of Koreatown (New Malden) have had to be shelved at the last minute because of […]

LKFF Teaser Screening: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

The first LKFF Teaser screening of the year: Kim Ji-young: Born 1982 (82년생 김지영) + Introduction by Sarah Shin Dir: Kim Do-young (2019, 118 mins) Cast: Jung Yu-mi, Gong Yoo Tuesday 12 May 2020, 18:15 Barbican Cinema 2 | Beech Street | London EC2Y 8DS Tickets £12 | Buy tickets Based on Cho Nam-joo’s landmark […]

K-Art Now: Artist Talk with Yva Jung CANCELLED

Another cancellation because of Covid-19 Sasapari’s K-Art Now series resumes: K-Art Now: Artist Talk with Yva Jung Sotheby’s Institute of Art | 30 Bedford Square | London WC1B 3EE Monday 30 March 2020, 18:30 – 20:00 BST Register on Eventbrite K-Art Now presents Yva Jung, a Korean artist based in London, to talk about her […]