A review of the Korean cultural year 2019

A review of some of the highlights and trends in the Korean cultural year, primarily in London but also with half an eye to anything we might have seen elsewhere in the UK. The review is a personal one, inevitably skewed towards the events we managed to get to. Introduction This time last year I […]

Wacław Zimpel + Park Jiha play LSO St Lukes

An interesting double bill coming up at the end of January, as Park Jiha returns to London following her appearance at the 2019 K-music festival. LSO St Lukes is a better venue than Rich Mix: you’ll be able to get a better impression of Park’s other-worldly sounds in a more natural acoustic and without the […]

Enlighten – 한, at Menier Gallery

Damilola Eniola presents the fruition of her work in Sound and Music’s New Voices programme: an exhibition, combining both visual artwork and sound. There will be electronic music representing each artwork that people can listen to either at the exhibition or online. At the private view there will be a live performance where her composition […]

Hyelim Kim in Résonances #3 – Rêves, at Vortex Jazz Club

Résonances is an event merging live visual art and musical performance. It is curated by artist Aurelie Freoua. This one has the theme of Dreams. “A dream is the fulfilment of a wish” (Sigmund Freud) For this event, Aurelie brings together a diverse group of musicians and artists around the theme of ‘Dreams’. Performers include […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 – […]

Jin Sangtae and Choi Joonyong play Cafe OTO

Two Korean experimental musicians return to Cafe OTO, eight years after their last appearance. Jin Sangtae + Choi Joonyong – MATINEE Sunday 6 October 2019, 2pm Cafe OTO | 18–22 Ashwin Street | Dalston | London E8 3DL Tickets £8 | £6 advance | £4 members | Book tickets Please note that this is a […]

Eris 136199 play the Vortex

Eris 136199 brings their “beautiful noise” (KFJC 89.7 FM) to Europe starting with a performance at The Vortex, London, 8 August Eris 136199: Han-Earl Park, Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky Thursday 8 August 2019, 8pm Vortex Jazz Club | 11 Gillett Square | London, N16 8AZ Tickets £10 | Book here Han-earl Park (guitar) | […]

SaaWee: New Ritual, at Albany Red Room

A rare chance to hear SaaWee live in London. Don’t miss it. SaaWee: New Ritual Friday, 26 July 2019 at 19:40 The Albany, Red Room Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Tickets: £10 Check for updates on the Facebook event page 1. Festival of Five Gods We ask for the cleansing of our surroundings and […]

Hyelim Kim in LSO Eclectica: Birdsong + Borders with Merit Ariane

An interesting cross-cultural collaboration coming at at LSO St Luke’s: LSO Eclectica: Birdsong & Borders with Merit Ariane East Meets West Friday 5 July 2019 7.30pm – 9.30pm Jerwood Hall | LSO St Luke’s | London Tickets: £20 £15 | Book tickets NB: table seating in front of the stage Merit Ariane: vocals | Louai […]

Three Labyrinths: Donghoon Shin UK premiere

Donghoon Shin is having a productive time for premieres at the moment. Two in March, and now this: Three Labyrinths Date: Tue 2nd Apr, 2019 Time: 7.00pm Venue: City, University of London (EC1V 4PB) The Riot Ensemble presents the UK premieres of pieces by Georgia Rodgers, Aaron Einbond and Donghoon Shin, commissioned following the ensemble’s […]

Okkyung Lee residency at Cafe Oto

Thursday 28 March 2019, 7.30pm | Tickets Okkyung Lee & Matana Roberts + Okkyung Lee / Jerome Noetinger (Duo) Friday 29 March 2019, 7.30pm | Tickets Okkyung Lee / Rashad Becker (Duo) + Okkyung Lee / Nadia Ratsimandresy (Duo) Saturday 30 March 2019, 7.30pm | Tickets Okkyung Lee (Solo) + Okkyung Lee / Pat Thomas […]

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 […]

World Premiere: Donghoon Shin’s Kafka’s Dream

The second Donghoon Shin world premiere this month is Kafka’s Dream, a commission for the London Symphony Orchestra via the Panufnik Composers Scheme, generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust. LSO Futures Sunday 24 Mar 2019 6.00pm – 8.30pm Barbican Hall, London | Book tickets DAVID LANG the public domain * (UK premiere) […]