London’s Festival of Korean Music

K-Music Festival 2018

What's On

SsingSsing concert at PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Pizza Express Jazz Club

Special Event

SsingSsing have been making waves across the globe, bringing glam rock and funk elements together with a charismatic theatrical twist that takes inspiration from shamanic tradition. In the words of vocalist Heemoon Leein Korean traditional art, male shamans, called baksu, have the body of a male. But as mediums, they need more than a single sexual identity, because they're channeling both male and female spirits. When I act a female character and sing, I have to overcome the fact of my being a male sorikkun (singer), and try my utmost to bring a more neutral, unisex feeling to the performance

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Opening Concert with Ssing Ssing

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

SsingSsing fuse Korean folk music with rock, disco, ballads, and pop to create a visually extravagant sound. Their often elaborate costumes reinterpret those of traditional Korean shamans, baksu, who would overcome gender by channelling both male and female spirits.

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ENSEMBLE E-DO

Rich Mix

The rhythm-heavy ensemble of E-DO is led by Kyung-Hwa Yu, one of the most acclaimed artists in Korea. Not only does the sextet employ traditional Korean instruments, such as the chulhyungeum, janggu and daegeum, but double bass and acoustic guitar play alongside, the sound finished by soaring pansori vocals.

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Urban Sound

Kings Place (Hall Two)

Urban Sound is a collaboration between Korean percussionist Jihye Kim and Taiwanese/Australian pianist Belle Chen, based in London, that combines the traditional and experimental with an array of Eastern instruments and Western piano.

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Ahn Sook-Sun: Pansori Concert

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

A rare opportunity to see Korea’s traditional opera sung by this legendary Korean pansori singer. Ahn Sook-Sun has previously sung the complete canon of five pansori pieces in their entirety, including Chunhyangga, the most beloved of pansori that lasts a full 8 hours. She has been performing and winning awards internationally for decades.

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The Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

Near East Quartet has been a force in Korean music since 2010. juxtaposing elements of contemporary jazz and traditional Korean music with pure sound exploration to create new forms. Saxophonist/clarinettist Sungjae Son and guitarist Suwuk Chung have been members from the outset, and the group has been strengthened with the integration of a pansori singer and highly creative drummer Soojin Suh.

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Youn Sun Nah + Hyelim Kim & Alice Zawadzki

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

One of Korea’s great voices plays a rare London concert. Youn Sun Nah first made her name in France, where Le Monde enthused about her ‘magnificent voice and passionate originality.’ There’s a clear influence of chanson in her performance – whether she’s singing Johnny Cash, Nine Inch Nails, a jazz standard or one of her own terrific songs, she’s always telling a story.

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