Experimental & Avant-garde music

The third gig in this year’s K-music festival features the new group Urban Sound who this year have been performing in interesting spaces such as Brunel’s Tunnel in Rotherhithe: Urban Sound Friday 19 October, 8pm | Buy tickets Kings Place (Hall Two) | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG Urban Sound is a collaboration […]

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Serpentine Park Nights feature Yaeji

by Events Editor 15 July 2018
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Park Nights, the Serpentine’s annual series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters, returns this summer to present eight international artists each responding to the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by the award-winning architect Frida Escobedo. Sadly the evening featuring Korean-American musician Yaeji is now sold out, but here are the details for the record: Park Nights 2018: […]

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Hyelim Kim: Taegŭm in Motion

by Events Editor 8 September 2017
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Hot on the heels of her Sonics concert at St Ethelburga’s last month, Hyelim Kim announces another recital in Southwark: Hyelim Kim Taegŭm Recital: Taegŭm in Motion supported by Joel Bell Roof Studio | Siobhan Davies Dance | 85 St George’s Road | London SE1 6ER | www.siobhandavies.com 14 September 2017, 7:30pm Admission Free I […]

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Concert news: Sonics — Taegum and Electronic Music

by Events Editor 25 August 2017
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News of a recital by Hyelim Kim at St Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate tomorrow night. All I have to go on is the poster, which I came across on Facebook. There doesn’t seem to be anything on the St Ethelburga’s website. So, according to the poster, Hyelim Kim will be giving a recital entitled Sonics: Taegum […]

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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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Event news: K-music 2017 — Hyelim Kim + Alice Zawadzki, 2 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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A major theme running through this year’s K-music festival is that of collaboration between Korean and Western musicians. Hyelim Kim has been collaborating across genres for many years, most recently at Club Inegales. Her collaboration with vocalist / violinist Alice Zawadzki in the intimate Vortex venue should be special. They gave us a preview of […]

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Event news: Jambinai Re:Connection Tour

by Events Editor 17 April 2017
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It’s good to have Jambinai back in the UK for a tour. Their gigs are always a highlight in the calendar. Text below is from Bristol’s Colston Hall website. Jambinai Re:Connection Tour Sun 23 Apr 2017, 7pm: Bristol | The Lantern | Colston Hall | Book tickets Tue 25 Apr 2017, 7pm: Glasgow | O2 […]

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Event news: a Sungji Hong flute premiere, at the RCM

by Events Editor 19 January 2017
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Coming up tomorrow, a premiere performance of new flute work by Korean composer Sungji Hong. The Royal College of Music website bills it as Concerto for alto flute and chamber ensemble; the composer’s website calls it Transfiguration for alto flute and chamber ensemble with electronics. Carla Rees plays alto flute with the Manon Quartet and […]

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Event news: Okkyung Lee and Bill Orcutt at Cafe Oto

by Events Editor 28 September 2016
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I found out too late. But for the record, this was on at Cafe Oto this evening: Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt (Duo) + Pat Thomas / Bill Orcutt / Paul Abbott (Trio) Cafe Oto, 28 Sept 2016, 8pm £12 TICKETS AT THE DOOR Okkyung Lee and Bill Orcutt return to OTO following their phenomenal […]

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Concert notes: China, Korea and Syria at Club Inégales

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2016
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The final gig of Club Inégales’ current season was predictably unpredictable. You know the format in advance, but you never know what the outcome will be. The house band, or subsets of it, improvise in the first set; in the second set the guests solo; and in the third set everyone plays together, cross fertilising […]

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Event news: Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu & Hyelim Kim at Club Inégales

by Events Editor 14 July 2016
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Following on from the inspirational double bill at the Spitalfields Festival, Notes Inégales appear again with soloists Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu and Hyelim Kim for what will be another memorable night of music-making: Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu & Hyelim Kim Saturday 23rd July 2016, door 7.00pm Club Inégales | 180 North Gower Street | London NW1 2NB […]

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Concert notes: Gamin and Notes Inégales at the Spitalfields Festival

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2016
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When we previewed the double bill at Wilton’s Music Hall featuring Purcell with Korean, Middle Eastern and western instruments, improvisation and more, we had an inkling that the evening might be something special. And we were darn right. This was music making and entertainment that is rare to find anywhere. First, the Purcell. King Arthur / the […]

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Gamin at Spitalfields Festival – programme details

by Events Editor 8 June 2016
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Next Wednesday’s late-night (9pm) concert at Wilton’s Music Hall, featuring the extraordinary Korean musician Gamin, should be something special. (Book tickets here). Playing piri, taepyeongso (Korean traditional oboe family) and saengwhang (ancient wind-blow instrument), she is one of Korea’s most distinguished musicians, equally at home in traditional Court Music, (a member of the Contemporary Gukak […]

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Event news: Purcell and improvisation with Korean instruments

by Events Editor 31 May 2016
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I’m a fan of Peter Wiegold’s eclectic approach to music-making, and whether or not there’s any Koreanness involved at his regular venue, Club Inégales (where Kim Hyelim on daegeum is a frequent member of the house band), the music is always wondrous. So his reimagining of Purcell’s King Arthur, at the oldest surviving Music Hall […]

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Event news: Han-earl Park Trio at Cafe Oto and elsewhere

by Events Editor 8 November 2015
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Cafe Oto hosts the London stop on a three-city tour of England by the Han-earl Park Trio this December: Han-earl Park Trio with Dominic Lash and Mark Sanders plus Caroline Pugh Somewhere out there, there’s an SUV-sized violin tailgating, a No Wave guitarist desperately trying to survive in the Appalachian Mountains, someone dropping sheets of […]

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Event news: Okkyung Lee residency at Cafe Oto

by Events Editor 28 October 2015
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Okkyung Lee is one of the performers participating in Sora Kim’s current exhibition at the KCC. Thanks to Lissy for pointing this series of performances out to me. This is a residency I’m really excited about and I’m going to be sure to get to one of the evenings. Okkyung Lee – Four Day Residency […]

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Event news: Yiyun Kang in Transfiguring Night

by Events Editor 20 March 2015
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Notice of an interesting cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration: Transfiguring Night Thursday, 2 April, 2015, 7:30pm – 9:30pm Hackney Attic | Hackney Picturehouse | 270 Mare Street | London E8 1HE More details Montague: Night Tracks – world premiere Korngold: Sextet Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht with projection mapping by Yiyun Kang What happens when you bring together some […]

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