Gig review: Kyungso Park, SB Circle + Hey String

Isn’t it refreshing when a band exceeds expectations? When you were expecting something pretty good, and you get something astoundingly good. When the newbie support band has the class to headline their own gig. OK, to call the gayageum trio Hey String a newbie band neglects to mention their success as prizewinners in Seoul Namsan […]

Film Review: Love, Lies (Park Heung-sik, 2016)

An historic album made by a hitherto unknown Korean popular music singer from the colonial period is literally unearthed in a modern-day construction site. Miraculously, although the LP is damaged, audio engineers can restore the sound to something like the original, for broadcast on a golden oldies radio show. But who is the singer, and […]

Holland: Invitation from Neverland at ULU Live

Sunday 15 December 2019, 7:30pm ULU Live | Malet St | Bloomsbury | London WC1E 7HY VIP: £89 | GA: £45 | Balcony: £59 + fees Ticket presales from 11 November | Ticket details here Read Colette Balmain’s review: Neverland – Holland’s ground-breaking K-pop debut in context

Hyelim Kim w/ Australian Art Orchestra at the Vortex

Back in 2011 we heard a collaboration between Hyelim Kim and Simon Barker at the KCC. Tomorrow brings a chance to see how that partnership has developed, with the welcome addition of Peter Knight. If it’s as good as last time, you’ll kick yourself if you miss it. Australian Art Orchestra Saturday 02 Novermber 2019, […]

Gig review: Kim Doo Soo at Cafe OTO

Kim Doo Soo’s stage set-up is simple but carefully planned. The stage hand has marked out the precise place where the music stand is to be positioned, and the chair – which offers the minimum of comforts. A table to the musician’s right has some water and a surface to keep the various harmonicas; also […]

Brief review: Park Jiha at Rich Mix

Park Jiha closed K-music 2017 supported by a trio of musicians (playing bass, sax and vibes). She returned to London this year as a solo performer, presenting material from her new album, Philos, as well as older material. We also got one premiere. Park plays yanggeum (dulcimer), piri (oboe) and saenghwang (mouth organ), and when […]

haihm + Bongsu Park at Cafe OTO

After the Dream Ritual collaboration that came to the Coronet Theatre in July, haihm and Bongsu Park bring a new collaboration on a similar theme. See also at Rosenfeld Porcini later in the week. At the Cutting Edge: Phew, haihm & Bongsu Park, + O YAMA O Presented by Bagri Foundation Thursday 14 November 2019, […]

Jambinai launches K-music 2019 with explosive force

Call me a grouch, but when you need both ear plugs and a blindfold to survive a gig in any degree of comfort you have to start questioning the wisdom of some of the sound and lighting judgments. Ear plugs, handed out for free at the entrance to Jambinai’s Purcell Room gig that opened K-music […]

Hyelim Kim w/ London Improvisers Orchestra at Cafe OTO

In the third of three performances with a Korean connection this weekend at Cafe OTO, Hyelim Kim builds on the work she presented at Club Inegales earlier this year, this time with larger forces. London Improvisers Orchestra Cafe OTO | 18–22 Ashwin street | Dalston | London E8 3DL Sunday 6 October 2019 5:30pm – […]

Foyles Korean Culture Month 2019

As last year, Foyles is running a Korean Culture Month to launch the Autumn, in collaboration with the KCC. Four events, of which the first has sold out. K-Pop Dance Workshop with LoKo Friday 4th October 2019 6:30pm – 7:30pm Level 6 | Foyles | 107 Charing Cross Road | London WC2H 0DT | Free […]

Korean day in Canterbury, with Jambinai

Friday 4 October 2019 The Gulbenkian | University of Kent | Canterbury | Kent CT2 7NB 5pm: Korean Street Food (Gulbenkian Cafe) 6pm: Facade Exhibition by Yiyun Kang (Outdoor spaces, Gulbenkian – free) 7:30pm: Jambinai | Ticketing £5 ‐ £12 | Buy tickets Check for updates on the event’s Facebook page Creating some of the […]