Zadie Xa: A Sojourn Through Saturn and Across the Southern Sea

Browsing the Kingston School of Art and Stanley Picker Gallery websites today for background on their recent exhibition of Korean-inspired fashion and embroidery, I came across something I wasn’t expecting. In a zone of Kingston University’s website called Cold Protein is a series of podcasts of artists’ sound works, conceived to be experienced in specific […]

SaaWee Korean Rhythm Project at October Gallery

An interesting early evening performance coinciding with Art Night. Sanjo Festival NYC presents SAAWEE duo of Korean percussions and contemporary violin incorporating Korean Shaman Rhythm. 7 July 2018, 7-8pm October Gallery | 24 Old Gloucester St | Bloomsbury | London WC1N 3AL Admission free, donations welcome Check for updates on the event’s Facebook page Sita […]

KCC July House Concert: Resonanz Duo

July’s House Concert at the KCC features Hyungi Lee (Percussion): Resonanz Duo Tuesday 24 July 2018, 7pm Korean Cultural Centre | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW (Entrance in Northumberland Avenue) Register via info@kccuk.org.uk Hyungi Lee – Percussion Laura Davis – Flute Debussy: Syrinx Klatzow: Figures In a Landscape Ian Clarke: Hypnosis […]

SOAS Korean music and dance society performance

SOAS Korean music and dance societies present their annual public concert, free and open to all: Korean Sounds Saturday 9 June, 7pm DJAM Lecture Theatre, SOAS main building SOAS London has been a hub for the study and performance of Korean music for many years. Beginning with the Korean Drumming society under Prof. Em. Keith […]

Se-mi Hwang with PERC’M in RCM Percussion Showcase

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: […]

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

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, […]

Fringe review: Ensemble SU — The Party

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 […]

Think Korea 2006 – an introduction

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 […]

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

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 […]

Fringe visit: Tago – Korean Drum II

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 […]

Dulsori in Evelyn Glennie’s Songlines playlist

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 […]