Hyelim Kim and Jo Lawrence play Club Inégales

After the amazing performances at the Barbican in February by the Third Orchestra, Peter Wiegold’s team of players reconvene in the more intimate Euston location for a season in March: Club Inégales presents: Hyelim Kim and Jo Lawrence Thursday 7th March 2019, 7pm – 10:30pm Club Inégales, 180 North Gower Street, NW1 2NB Time: Doors […]

Kim Hyelim in The Third Orchestra @Barbican

There’s not much Korean-ness about this event, but it’s going to be so good that it’s worth bringing to your attention given the amazing work that Peter Wiegold does with Club Inégales – about which I’ve enthused on several occasions over the past couple of years. Kim Hyelim (pictured) is one of 22 performers taking […]

K-music: Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park

The penultimate concert of the 2018 K-music festival is a collaboration between composer / kayageum player Kyungso Park – who performed with Andy Sheppard during K-music 2016 – and jazz / fusion band Near East Quartet: Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park Monday 19 November 2018, 7:45pm | Buy tickets Purcell Room | Belvedere Road […]

Gig review: Park Jiha at King’s Place

Park Jiha brought the 2017 K-music festival to a close at King’s Place on 25 October with a mellow set of pieces taken from her album Communion which was deservedly shortlisted for the 2016 Korea Music Awards in both the Best Crossover Album and Best Jazz & Crossover Performance categories. Park is a versatile player, […]

Gig review: Heemoon Lee + Prelude

Last Sunday night we had the choice between two Korean performers, both known for their unusual dress sense and unique stage presence and more importantly both leaders in their respective fields. With one, the price tag was upwards of £60, for which you had to queue up at a large North London venue, submit to […]

Hyelim Kim: Taegŭm in Motion

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 […]

Event news: K-music 2017 — Jeduk Jeon + Juwon Park, 27 Sept

Harmonica legend Jeduk Jeon is one of the great figures of Korean music today. Blind since birth, he’s been compared to Toots Thielemans for his formidably virtuosic style. Guitarist Juwon Park’s band has been influenced by flamenco and gypsy jazz, but their range goes even wider. Expect a soulful celebration from this special collaboration: Jeduk […]

K-music 2017: full programme announced

It seems wrong to be posting details of events in the Autumn when summer has only just started, but I’m a great believer in being able to plan your diary a couple of months in advance, and there’s lots here that you will want to come along to. K-Music 2017: Full Programme Announced 15 September […]

Event news: Nah Youn Sun at Ronnie Scotts

A live performance from Youn Sun Nah is always a very special event. For her past couple of performances in London she has been with virtuoso guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who used to play with the Oscar Peterson Quartet. This time, she has a four-piece band, performing tracks from her album that was released this month, […]

Gig Review: Kyungso Park and Andy Sheppard in the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room

Recent collaborations between British and Korean musicians have not always been successful. A planned experiment between jazz trumpeter Guy Barker and Samulnori founder Kim Duk-soo never happened because the latter went awol when Barker came to visit. Instead, having already been booked for the 2008 Dano Festival in Trafalgar Square, Barker appeared briefly on stage […]

Songlines reviews some Korean releases

As if to warm us up for this year’s K-music Festival, Songlines July issue reviews three recent Korean CDs: The one of most interest to past attendees of the festival will be a review of Jambinai’s latest release, A Hermitage. Songlines were strangely lukewarm about it. Not so Consequence of Sound: “Experimental outfit blends traditional Korean […]