Percussion

The first Korea-related concert of the new year features Stuttgart-based percussionist Se-mi Hwang: Percussion Showcase Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall | Royal College of Music | Prince Consort Road | London SW7 2BS 17 January 2018, 7:30pm Tickets £5 | Book here Se-Mi Hwang percussion PERC’M Keiko Abe: The Wave Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual JS Bach: […]

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Zadie Xa with Jihye Kim in Guest Ghost Host Machine! marathon

by Events Editor 7 October 2017
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Performance artist Zadie Xa with percussionist participate in this year’s marathon at City Hall: Guest Ghost Host Machine! marathon Chamber Room, Level 2, City Hall, London 7 Oct 2017 – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM BROADCAST LIVE ON SERPENTINE RADIO AT radio.serpentinegalleries.org The 2017 Marathon brought together artists, scientists, activists, engineers, poets, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, […]

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Fringe review: Ensemble SU — The Party

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2017
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Ensemble SU is a five-piece fusion group formed in 2010 and led by Jihye “JJ” Hur on 25-string gayageum with Yein Kim on haegeum, Myunghyun Park on cello, Sangjung Lee on keyboard and Deokhwan Kim playing Korean and western percussion (and not to be confused with a similarly named jazz / gugak fusion trio based […]

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Think Korea 2006 – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2017
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Think Korea 2006 was an ambitious programme of cultural and other events organised by the Korean Embassy as part of the “Korea-UK Mutual Visit Year”. There was, I believe, a reciprocal series of UK-related events organised in Korea, but I never saw any publicity about it. One event I do know of: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra […]

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Korean performers at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

by Events Editor 16 June 2017
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A detailed mining of the Edinburgh Fringe website reveals twenty Korean performances plus one talk this year. Magic show Snap makes a return, along with the ever-popular drum show Tago, both part of a “Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd” – who also bring new acts Kokdu and Ensemble Su. I must say I’m a […]

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Event news: London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea

by Events Editor 15 June 2017
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As part of KOREA/UK 2017-18, the London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea offers day-long family festival and then an evening K-Pop concert at Olympia on 8 July. London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea Olympia London | Hammersmith Road | Kensington | London W14 8UX Saturday 8 July 2017, 11am – 10pm Both daytime […]

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Conference news: Presence Through Sound — Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

by Events Editor 3 April 2017
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Coming up at SOAS immediately after Easter, a two-day conference that includes a concert at Club Inégales, one of our favourite venues. Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia 18 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings 18 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm, Club Inégales, 180 North […]

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Fringe visit: Tago – Korean Drum II

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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On paper, one hour of Korean drumming doesn’t sound appealing, but this type of show is consistently popular with fringe-goers. There is enough variety to keep the audience interested, from Buddhist temple percussion to Samulnori, and the energy and enthusiasm of the performers is infectious. There is also some very non-traditional percussion: a trolley which […]

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Korean performers and artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

by Events Editor 14 June 2016
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Once again there’s a strong Korean showing at the Fringe this year. It’s particularly nice to see Modl Theatre in the UK again, this time with three productions. Two of them are geared towards families and children, but the third is a something darker: a new and topical production on the theme of the wartime […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — Noreum Machi, 20 Sept

by Events Editor 15 August 2015
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A fun evening of percussion with plenty of visual excitement too: K-Music: Noreum Machi Sunday 20 September | 8:00PM LONDON Kings Place (Hall Two) | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG £10 + Booking fee There’s a theatrical strand to a lot of Korean music and, for more than 20 years, Noreum Machi have […]

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Dulsori in Evelyn Glennie’s Songlines playlist

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2014
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I’ve just belatedly been going through my recent purchases of Songlines magazine, the world music publication which gave Hyelim Kim a 4-star review this time last year. I spotted that their October 2014 edition featured a playlist recommended by Evelyn Glennie – of which the first track was by the Korean percussion group Dulsori: Drum […]

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Leodo: Paradise Lost — Norian Maro returns to the Fringe

by Events Editor 6 August 2014
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Here’s the official press release for Norian Maro’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe production Leodo: Paradise Lost. The show has developed out of last year’s production, Pudasi, which LKL reviewed here. The Stage has already given this year’s upgraded version a four-star review: “The talented seven-member ensemble never flags in energy, choreographic skill or audience engagement” The […]

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The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West – at SOAS

by Events Editor 7 June 2014
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After last year’s successful and varied concert, the SOAS Korean Drumming Society and friends return for another evening of Korean music. This year we get a rare opportunity to hear some Yun Isang. The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West The SOAS Korean Drumming Society Date: 9 June 2013, 7.00 pm Venue: […]

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KAA’s 합, 合, Collaboration programme: the opening performance

by Events Editor 7 August 2013
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As in previous years, the KAA’s residency at the KCC launches with a varied programme of music and performance during the opening festivities on 28 August. Pre-registration is required via koreanartuk@gmail.com. See details of the main event here. And the programme for the performance is as follows: Collaborative Performance 1. ‘Petal – like’ (꽃잎처럼) Poem […]

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Samulnori, sanjo and jazz from the SOAS Korean Drumming Society

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2013
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The SOAS Korean Drumming Society gave an interesting and varied recital in the Lucas Lecture theatre on Monday 3 June. After a daegeum sanjo from Kim Hyelim, accompanied by Keith Howard on changgo, we had a very effective jazz improvisation by Choi Jeung-hyun (changgo) with Shzr Ee Tan (piano) using two samulnori rhythms, the daseureum […]

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The Cool Beat of Korea – a concert by the SOAS Korean Drumming Society

by Events Editor 26 May 2013
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Samulnori, daegeum sanjo and more at an early summer recital at SOAS: The Cool Beat of Korea Date: Monday 3 June 2013, 7:30-8:30 pm. Venue: Lucas Lecture Theatre [formerly G2], SOAS Main Building. Tickets: Free admission. Guests are admitted from 7 pm to be seated for 7.30pm This is an attractive and dynamic drumming concert […]

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All Eyes on Korea: consistent investment in the performing arts brings its rewards

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2012
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The London 2012 Olympics was around a decade in the making: preparation of the bid, building the venue itself and putting in place the infrastructure required to run a successful games. And for the last couple of years of that preparation time, a separate team of hard-working organisers from the Korean Ministry of Culture Sports […]

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