Jazz

The final concert of K-music 2018 is a double bill. After their amazing debut collaboration at K-music 2017, Hyelim Kim and Alice Zawadzki have a well-deserved reunion. Youn Sun Nah opened K-music 2016 with her regular on-stage partner Ulf Wakenius, and we look forward to her return this year. Youn Sun Nah + Hyelim Kim […]

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K-music: Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park

by Events Editor 10 August 2018
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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 […]

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The 2018 K-Music festival: full programme announced

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2018
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The schedule for the 2018 K-Music festival has been released in plenty of time, giving everyone the time to plan their diaries. Here is the official press release. Tickets are already on sale. K-Music 2018 2 October – 20 November 2018 Tickets on sale from Friday 6 July – www.serious.org.uk/k-music Find out more at www.k-music.co.uk […]

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Gig review: Park Jiha at King’s Place

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2017
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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, […]

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Gig review: Jeon Jeduk and Park Juwon at Pizza Express

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2017
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What can one say about a pair of such flawless musicians? Jeon Jeduk, blind since birth, has been compared with Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder; Park Juwon… I’m not sure who he’s been compared with, but as I listened to his set I was reminded of the stunning album Passion Grace and Fire by guitarists […]

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Gig review: Heemoon Lee + Prelude

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2017
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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 […]

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

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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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 […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Heemoon Lee & Prelude, 24 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Last year’s K-music gig in the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room was a great success. This year’s blend of jazz and Korean traditional folk music looks to be equally as promising. Heemoon Lee & Prelude Sunday 24 September 2017, 8pm LONDON Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room | Kensington Gore | London SW7 2AP £15 + booking […]

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K-music 2017: full programme announced

by Events Editor 9 July 2017
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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 […]

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Event news: Nah Youn Sun at Ronnie Scotts

by Events Editor 24 May 2017
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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, […]

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Event news: Musicians from Korea and Japan at Club Inegales

by Events Editor 3 April 2017
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As part of the two-day conference at SOAS, there will be one of Club Inégales’ special evenings of musical improvisation featuring musicians from Korea and Japan: Presence though Sound: Elements of Asia Yi Ji-young (gayagum) – Korea Hyelim Kim (taegum flute) – Korea Jihye Kim (changgo) – Korea Kiku Day (shakuhachi) – Japan + Notes […]

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

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2016
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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 […]

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Gig review: Youn Sun Nah + Ulf Wakenius @ Union Chapel

by Philip Gowman 6 October 2016
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It’s been too long since Youn Sun Nah performed in London: five long years. Last time was a small, intimate venue – Pizza Express in Soho – and the time before was the Queen Elizabeth Hall – more generous in terms of space but one that made the performers work hard to create the atmosphere. […]

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Songlines reviews some Korean releases

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2016
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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 […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Youn Sun Nah, 20 Sept

by Events Editor 2 August 2016
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It’s good to have Youn Sun Nah back in London with Ulf Wakenius. She gives this year’s K-music festival its official opening at the Union Chapel – a great venue. Youn Sun Nah + Ulf Wakenius Tuesday 20 September | 8.00pm (stage time) Union Chapel | Compton Terrace | London N1 2UN £15 + booking […]

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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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