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 […]

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 […]

K-music 2019: Black String, 18 Nov @ Purcell Room

Based on Black String’s latest album release, Karma, this closing concert could be the highlight of the festival. The concert is also part of the London Jazz Festival line-up. K-music 2019: Black String Monday 18 November 2019, 7:45pm Southbank Centre / Purcell Room | Belvedere Road | London SE1 8XX Tickets £15 + booking fee […]

K-music 2019: Park Jiha, 17 October @ Rich Mix

Park Jiha returns to the K-music festival to perform material from her lovely second album. Park Jiha: Philos Thursday 17 October 2019, 8pm Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA Tickets £15 + booking fee | Book tickets Park Jiha performs her new material solo, by looping and building soundscapes from […]

K-music 2019: Jambinai, 3 October @Purcell Room

Jambinai open the 2019 K-music festival as part of their six-city England tour. K-music 2019: Jambinai Thursday 3 October 2019, 7:45pm Southbank Centre – Purcell Room | Belvedere Road | London SE1 8XX Tickets £15 + booking fee | Book tickets Jambinai present Korean traditional music in a new and innovative way, with their ground-breaking post-rock […]

Photos from Birdsong and Borders concert at St Luke’s

While it’s a huge treat that there’s so much in the way of interesting performances involving UK-based Koreans nowadays, it’s a shame that sometimes they clash with each other. Hyelim Kim’s recent collaboration with Merit Ariane at LSO St Luke’s was something I’d definitely have gone to… if it hadn’t been for Jinyeob Cha’s performance […]

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 […]

Parasang: Byron Wallen, Jihye Kim + Pouta Ehsaei

Trumpeter Byron Wallen has in the past collaborated with Hyelim Kim. Now comes Jihye Kim’s turn: Byron Wallen, Jihye Kim & Pouya Ehsaei Redon | The Railway Arches | Cambridge Heath Road | Bethnal Green | London E2 9HA Thursday, 27 June 2019 from 19:00-23:00 | Tickets £6 Another cosmic Parasang journey via the modular […]