Hyelim Kim in Oxford Taegŭm Recital

Ethnomusicologist and performer Hyelim Kim will perform a taegŭm (Korean flute) recital, accompanied by Cholong Sung on the kayagŭm (Korean zither). The taegŭm is a Korean traditional bamboo flute, which has been played in Korean court and folk cultures as well as a wide range of contemporary setting. Kim will show the tradition and modernity […]

New Malden hosts Arirang Concert

Your chance to hear the sohaegeum, the North Korean four-stringed haegeum. More information in Korean on the event’s Facebook page. Arirang Concert 22 Performances with South & North Korean, Chinese Artists Sunday 12 August 2018, 6:30pm St James Church Bodley Rd, New Malden KT3 5QD Ticket Price is 10 Pounds (Including Dinner Buffet) You Can […]

Theatre visit: a changgeuk Trojan Women

An adaptation of a Greek play more than 2400 years old interpreted through the medium of an early 20th century Korean performing practice does not immediately sound a promising theatrical experience, except perhaps to the handful of people who appreciate both Euripides’s take on Homer and Changgeuk’s adaptation of Pansori. Nevertheless, the Purcell Room had […]

Korean performers at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe

I make it that there are eleven Korean or Korea-related performances at this year’s Fringe, plus one workshop. It’s nice that Brush Theatre are putting in their regular appearance – always popular with the younger audience – and we have newcomers such as Korean-American stand-up comedian Olivia Rhee and, from Kazakhstan, telling the story of […]

War Veterans honoured in Kingston’s Guildhall

Yesterday a group of Korean musicians and performers entertained a group of British veterans from the Korean War in Kingston’s Guildhall. The event was organised by the Korean Veterans Association UK, a group of volunteers committed to the continuing remembrance of the sacrifice made by soldiers who came to the aid of the Republic of […]

SOAS Korean music and dance society performance

SOAS Korean music and dance societies present their annual public concert, free and open to all: Korean Sounds Saturday 9 June, 7pm DJAM Lecture Theatre, SOAS main building SOAS London has been a hub for the study and performance of Korean music for many years. Beginning with the Korean Drumming society under Prof. Em. Keith […]

In memory of Hwang Byung-ki

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 […]

Asian Sounds Project inside Thames Tunnel

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 […]

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 […]

Fringe review: Ensemble SU — The Party

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 […]

Think Korea 2006 – an introduction

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 […]

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: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Space

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 & […]