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.
Heemoon Lee & Prelude
Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room)
Seven Korean men created a show for the National Theatre of Korea - and now it's touring the world! Korean Man takes a hilarious look at make/female roles today, blending Korean folk music and jazz.
Their visually stunning show is led by extraordinary singer Heemoon Lee, and features the jazz group Prelude, who came together at Berklee School of Music.
Jeduk Jeon & Juwon Park
Pizza Express Jazz Club
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.
Hyelim Kim & Alice Zawadzki
The K-Music festival has been proud to commission some major collaborations, and this one is really special. Hyelim Kim, a superb daegeum (bamboo flute) player, has played with Nils Frahm and Lubomyr Melnyk, literally breathing new life into Korean traditional music, and she has reached out to singer Alice Zawadzki to join her in this partnership.
Woojae Park, Shogo Yoshii, Soumik Datta
As part of the Korea/UK 2017-18, the K-Music festival this year celebrates collaboration between Korea and international artists. Woojae Park, a geomungo player has created a new piece of work with Soumik Datta, a British Indian composer and Shogo Yoshii, a Japanese musician to explore an inspiring combination between the sounds of traditional instruments from Korea, Japan and India.
Korean Sounds - East Meets West: Love
Kings Place (Hall One)
Universally and in all ages, music has been a messenger of love and so in October 2017, Korean Sounds: East Meets West at Kings Place presents the fourth concert in this series and it is all about Love.
Psychedelic pansori-rock from Korea crashlands in Shoreditch en route to the Womex festival. AUX bring together screaming high-pitched sounds of the piri and taepyeongso (wind instruments) and an intense rock groove of bass, drums, guitar, keyboards and Korean percussion.
Seoul may not be first city you think of when you say "Ska!", but there is a fanatical ska and reggae movement there, and Korea's ska pioneers Kingston Rudieska are at the front of the scene.
Jiha Park: Communion
Kings Place (Hall One)
Jiha Park has matured into one of Korea's great creative artists. First recognised in Britain for her work with SU:M, who were seen at Womad and in K-Music at the Southbank Centre, she plays a range of Korean traditional instruments like the piri (a double-reed bamboo flute).