The K-Music festival is an introduction to music from Korea, with distinct and electrifying events from all across the musical spectrum. Each performer explores new boundaries within their particular genre, and although the artists share a common culture and identity, they certainly aren’t bound by this. Their sound and approach is global and therefore it is fitting that the festival supports them as they cement their place on the world stage.

With such a deep pool of musical talent to choose from, our programming committee have had an embarrassment of riches when selecting the artists for this year’s K-Music 2016. However, working with our festival partner SERIOUS we have curated a programme that embodies the very ethos of the festival, namely music that is both interesting and thrilling, but most importantly, music that we have a passion for and think you will to.

The festival welcomes jazz performers for the first time, not only opening with the supremely talented Youn Sun Nah, but also welcoming saxophonist Andy Sheppard who will collaborate with gayageum performer Kyungso Park at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Fans of K-Rock and alternative sounds will be pleased to see the return to the UK of two festival favourites Jambinai and The Patients . Fresh from Korea’s highly rated music TV show Top Band, we have the 2015 winners Asian Chairshot and finally, Danpyunsun & The Sailors who recently performed at the Great Escape Festival to much acclaim. Traditional Korean music retains its important place in the festival and this year we welcome back the National Gugak Centre, who will present an evening of wind instruments as they explore East and West at King’s Place. We also welcome Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, an ensemble who will perform at the British Museum to mark Korea’s harvest festival, chuseok. K-Music 2016 also welcomes electronic music this year with the hidden gem, Idiotape . Our festival will draw to a close with Modern Table’s Darkness Poomba, an exhilarating evening of masterly choreographed music, dance and song that is simply too good to miss.

With so many rare UK shows in the programme this year we hope that you can join us for what promises to be a month-long musical treat.

Hoseong Yong
Korean Cultural Centre UK