Korean traditional music

In memory of the great man, here’s a video interview on Arirang TV uploaded in January 2015: And here he is playing one of his best-known compositions, Chimhyangmoo (침향무 | 沈香舞), performed on the KBS show Gugak Hanmadang. The definitive obituary in English has been written by Jocelyn Clark in the Asia Times. I was […]

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Free music in the BM’s Korea Gallery

by Events Editor 18 January 2018
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Hyelim Kim (daegum) and Jieun Jung (gayageum) will be giving a free recital in the British Museum tomorrow. Free admnission. Korea Foundation Gallery (Room 67) at the British Museum 18:00–19:00, 19 January 2018 Keywords: Musicians: Jung Ji-eun | Kim Hyelim Organisations and venues: British Museum

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Event news: Korean Sounds – Dance, the final concert of the series

by Events Editor 6 December 2017
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The final Korean Sounds concert of the season: Korean Sounds: East Meets West – Dance Wednesday 13 December, 7.30pm Hall One | Kings Place | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG Tickets from £9.50 – Book tickets here The final concert of the series is based around the theme of Dance. Dance and music […]

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Asian Sounds Project inside Thames Tunnel

by Events Editor 14 November 2017
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Jihye Kim, Beibei Wang and Belle Chen perform in a pretty unusual location: Asian Sound Project: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 7:30pm £10 full price / £5 student or concession Brunel Museum | Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe | London SE16 4LF More information: http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/events/asian-sound-project-metal-wood-water-fire-earth/ Alcoholic drinks and light […]

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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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Fringe review: Ensemble SU — The Party

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2017
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Ensemble SU is a five-piece fusion group formed in 2010 and led by Jihye “JJ” Hur on 25-string gayageum with Yein Kim on haegeum, Myunghyun Park on cello, Sangjung Lee on keyboard and Deokhwan Kim playing Korean and western percussion (and not to be confused with a similarly named jazz / gugak fusion trio based […]

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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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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: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Space

by Events Editor 5 July 2017
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The third of this year’s Korean Sounds series is on the theme of Space. Korean Sounds East Meets West: Space Wednesday, 2 August 2017 – 7:30pm King’s Place Hall One Online Price: £16.50 – £12.50 | Savers £9.50 | Book tickets Hyeonak Yeongsanhoesang: Sangnyeongsan, Jungnyeongsan, Seryeongsan, Garakdeori, Sanghyeondodeuri, Hahyeondodeuri, Yeombuldeuri, Taryeong, Gunak Liszt 2 Elegies, S130 & […]

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Event news: SOAS Korean Music summer school

by Events Editor 1 July 2017
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This is a great opportunity to be introduced to the techniques for playing some of the best-known Korean traditional instruments: Korean Wind, Strings and Percussion with Hyelim Kim Monday 17th – Friday 21st July, 6-8pm Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, College Buildings Course Fee: £115 (Concessions £95) | Book via SOAS online store Korean traditional music, known […]

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Korean performers at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

by Events Editor 16 June 2017
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A detailed mining of the Edinburgh Fringe website reveals twenty Korean performances plus one talk this year. Magic show Snap makes a return, along with the ever-popular drum show Tago, both part of a “Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd” – who also bring new acts Kokdu and Ensemble Su. I must say I’m a […]

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Event news: Zadie Xa in Block Universe commission

by Events Editor 31 May 2017
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A new commission from Korean Canadian artist Zadie Xa, with a related Artist Talk: Crash, Boom, Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword — Zadie Xa New commission Thursday, 1 June 2017, 7pm Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Rooms, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, entrance from Lancaster Place Tickets: £10 / £7.50 concessions | Book tickets Commissioned […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Virtuoso

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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The second in this year’s Korean Sounds series promises to be a very satisfying one: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Virtuoso with members of the National Gugak Center and Sunwook Kim Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. Tickets from £9.50 online | Kings Place/Korean Sounds Kim […]

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Conference news: Presence Through Sound — Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

by Events Editor 3 April 2017
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Coming up at SOAS immediately after Easter, a two-day conference that includes a concert at Club Inégales, one of our favourite venues. Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia 18 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings 18 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm, Club Inégales, 180 North […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Spring

by Events Editor 29 March 2017
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The KCC is again running a series of concerts at Kings Place this year. Great venue. The first is on 12 April: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Spring  with the Members from London Philharmonic Orchestra & Court Music Orchestra of the National Gugak Center Wednesday 12 April, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One, 90 York Way, London, N1 […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds Christmas Concert, at Kings Place

by Events Editor 28 November 2016
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The final Korean Sounds concert of the year brings some seasonal music into the programme: Korean Sounds – Christmas Concert Wednesday, 7 December 2016 – 7:30pm Hall Two | King’s Place | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG | www.kingsplace.co.uk Book tickets Daeung Baek Monggeumpo Taryeong for Five Instruments Byungki Hwang Soyeopsanbang for Geomungo […]

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Fringe visit: Tago – Korean Drum II

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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On paper, one hour of Korean drumming doesn’t sound appealing, but this type of show is consistently popular with fringe-goers. There is enough variety to keep the audience interested, from Buddhist temple percussion to Samulnori, and the energy and enthusiasm of the performers is infectious. There is also some very non-traditional percussion: a trolley which […]

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