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>Scattering Rhythms: Korean traditional music and Jazz Concert

31 Mar


‘Scattering Rhythms: Korean traditional music and Jazz’ is the creative collaboration of Korean traditional music by three prominent musicians from three countries: a taegŭm master Hyelim Kim (Korea), the eminent jazz drummer Simon Barker (Australia), and a janggu player & professor at SOAS, Keith Howard (UK). The concert features traditional repertories and improvisatory pieces inspired by Korean traditional music and jazz. It explores the musical elements of two cultures to illuminate novel possibilities in musical treasures.

Date: 11 Apr 2011 19:00

Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Multi-purpose hall
Fee: Free Admission
RSVP: or 020-7004-2600


>Call for Korean Artists Association in the UK

27 Mar


Korean Artists Association
UK was formed to promote cultural exchange between the Republic of Korea and the UK, and to further the interests and activities of Korean artists working in the UK. This year the association celebrates its 15th anniversary, and it is looking for talented new members to participate in forthcoming events that are being planned.

Disciplines: All discipline of Visual Arts (painting, installation, design, photography etc) and Performing Arts.

Eligibility: Professional Korean Artists who have been resident in UK for more than two years. Korean students aged over 18 who are currently studying ‘Art’ in the UK.

Guest members: Non-Koreans who are interested in Korean culture are welcome as guest members.

Contact Email:

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>Sarah Chang returns to London

27 Mar


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010-2011 season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall sees Maestro Charles Dutoit return for his second season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra, taking the baton for three electrifying concerts. These concerts feature Maestro Dutoit’s renowned passion for the Russian repertoire, with performances of the complete scores of Stravinsky’s three great ballets Petrushka, The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, alongside three great Romantic concertos.
The series features a veritable feast of orchestral masterpieces from Respighi’s highly programmatic works to concertos by Bruch and Mendelssohn and an all-Beethoven programme directed by the legendary Pinchas Zukerman. The Orchestra welcomes some of the world’s finest conductors and soloists including Mischa Maisky, Sarah Chang, Andrew Litton and the legendary Martha Argerich…………………

Ottorino Respighi: Fountains of Rome

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4
Kirill Karabits conductor
Sarah Chang violin

Date: 24 Apr 2011

Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Prices: £42 £35 £28 £22 £17 £12 £9 Premium seats £55

Booking Fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)

Respighi is renowned for his superb orchestrations (as befits a student of Rimsky-Korsakov) – both of other composers’ music and in original works such as the captivating The Fountains of Rome.
Although he composed several choral and orchestral works (including three concertos for the violin and one for two pianos), Bruch’s fame today rests largely on one phenomenally successful piece – the Violin Concerto in G minor. Richly melodic and sumptuously orchestrated, this enchanting concerto is beloved of performers and audiences alike.
Although it is tempting to relate Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony to the suicidal despair caused by his disastrous marriage, he had in fact sketched the first three movements before meeting his future wife. In any event, he later maintained that the symphony was an ‘echo’ of the events in his life, in which the sinister fanfares of Fate are ultimately swept away by an indomitable reaffirmation of life.

>RHIZOSPHERE: Directions in Motion (4th Annual Exhibition of 4482, SASAPARI)

23 Feb


Date: 24 – 27 February 2011
Venue: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Nearest Tube Stations: Southwark, Waterloo
Fee: Admission Free

The 4th 4482 (sasapari) exhibition is the annual showcase for Korean contemporary artists living and working in London. This year, entitled “Rhizosphere: Directions in Motion” (curated by Gyeyeon Park), it presents the latest work from 60 artists at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, a cavernous 4-storey building located in London’s South Bank cultural quarter by the River Thames.

A ‘Rhizome’ is a subterranean stem spreading out in any direction. It is a system of connections with no hierarchy and no order. With its features of connectivity, heterogeneity and multiplicity, the concept of rhizome was explored by Deleuze and Guattari in their book, A Thousand Plateaus. 4482 is a continually evolving voluntary group of artists and the works cover a wide variety of themes, ways of expression and mediums. ‘Rhizo + Sphere’ refers to both the space and time of the exhibition.
Many of the works reflect both the artists’ internal (philosophy and faith) and external (social and environmental) influences intertwined. In this group exhibition, seemingly disparate artworks are linked by themes or materials and these connections suggest an endless network of possibilities and ideas.
The artists are each on a long personal journey, but for a short period, they share time and space together which may affect their individual future directions. Curator Gyeyeon Park who has organised the exhibition since 2010, states that “these artworks are not only inspired by being made in London, but as rhizome transforms the soil, by its very existence, this exhibition alters London.”
4482 has continued since 2007 to highlight an increasing number of South Korean artists in London and document their artistic activities. All participants created their works within a new cultural base in Britain with Korean emotion and artistic talent. It aims to represent the cross-cultural dialogue in which the artists are inevitably engaged. This meaning is connected to the name of this artist group, 4482, that is the combination of international dialing codes of the two countries. Through calling 4482 as (sasapari) which is the pronunciation of 4482 in Korean fashion, the interest for Korean art can be increased on an international level with the hope that this name will be developed into a representative cultural brand of Korea.

(Participating Artists)Jinkyun Ahn, Gyeong-Yoon An, Je Baak, Chan-Hyo Bae, Youn Joo (Dari) Bae, Kyeongmi Baek, Soo Yeoun Baek, Kyungsoo Byun, Nadia Kyung Chae, Haeree Cho, Kaneumiah Choi, Mi-Young Choi, Yoonsuk Choi, Joo Hee Chun, U Jae Chung, Seungpyo Hong, Sookyoung Huh, Jeong Mun Hur, Shan Hur, Ilsu Hwang, Sooim Jeong, Sangeun Joo, SoYoung Jung, Woon Jung, Seokyeong Kang, Chinwook Kim, Dong Yoon Kim, Gemini Kim, Ingeun Kim, Jay hyung Kim, Minae Kim, Terry Kim, YoonJung Kim, Rae Koo, Hyeyoung Ku, Soon-Hak Kwon, Bommsoon Lee, Eunkyung Lee, Jaeyeon Lee, Luna Jungeun Lee, Junghwa Lee, Locco (Jung-woo Lee), Sunju Lee, Yeon Lee, Ilsun Maeng, Jung Wook Mok, Sejin Moon, Hyemin Park, Hyung Jin Park, Jihye Park, Jinhee Park, Kye Jung Park, Kyunghee Park, Yeojoo Park, Changwoo Ryu, Kiwoun Shin, HeeSeung Sung, Jiho Won, Seoyeoung Won, Hyesoo You

>Oxford University Korea Society “Soul of Seoul” at Oxford Union

18 Feb


Date: 23/02/2011, 19.00 – 23.00pm
Venue: Oxford Union Chamber, Oxford

Every year, the historical Oxford Union Chamber, having been graced with the presence of the most eminent scholars, politicians, and celebrities over the years, hosts an unforgettable Korean night, SOUL of SEOUL.

On 23rd February 2011, the Chamber will again be filled with the cultural landmarks of Korea, from the immensely popular bibmbab and traditional alcohol to taekwondo and hanbok showcases.
SOUL of SEOUL is “THE” Korean night in Oxford, aimed at promoting awareness of Korean culture amongst the future leaders at Oxford. It is truly an extravaganza, featuring the very best of Korea: Bibimbab, Korean snacks, Taekwondo, Korean alcohol, Korean B-boy, K-pop, Korean Calligraphy, Traditional Costumes, Traditional Music… and so much more.
The event is indeed a celebration befitting of our nation’s beautiful culture and has been serving as a milestone in entrenching the presence of Korean community.
Last year’s festival was a great success, with the tickets selling out well before the event. This year, the Oxford University Korea Society aims to make it even better.

>’Dynamic Korea’ Event – 23rd February

7 Feb


Date: 23rd February Arrival: 6.15 for 6.30pm
Screening: 6.30 to 7.30pm, follow by drinks and snacks, to end at 8.15pm.
Location: Korean Cultural Centre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BW
Nearest tube station: Embankment or Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo, Circle and District)

The evening event, on February 23rd, is an opportunity to discover about advances in the field of energy by Korean companies, in particular new fields such as nuclear fusion.

In this hour long talk, followed by traditional Korean drinks and refreshments, KSCPP (Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project) presents a side of Korea that may well be unfamiliar to you.

Alongside the hidden treasures of its past, including the invention of the world’s first printing press and extraordinary feats of combined human achievement such as the Tripitaka Koreana, present day Korea is exploring new technologies to solve the dilemma of the world’s growing energy needs.

The documentary will take viewers through the evolution of power in Korea, into the exciting and unknown territory of the future.

To register for entry, please reply to this email or register here.

>Come and Play Korean Samulnori (Drums & Percussion) #3

4 Feb


Date: Saturday, February 12th, 3.00pm-4.30pm (for everyone interested) / 4.30pm-6.00pm (for those have some experience)
Venue: Goldmine Studios, 269 Poyser Street, London E2 9RF
Fee: £9 (all instrumens provided)
Contact: Jeung Hyun Choi (07981 298 638 /

Samul nori is a genre of traditional percussion music originating in Korea. The word samul means “four objects” and nori means “play”; samul nori is performed with four traditional Korean musical instruments:

* Kkwaenggwari (a small gong)
* Jing (a larger gong)
* Janggu (an hourglass-shaped drum)
* Buk (a barrel drum similar to the bass drum)

The traditional Korean instruments are called pungmul.

Samul nori has its roots in nong-ak (literally “farmers’ music”), a Korean folk genre comprising music, acrobatics, folk dance, and rituals, which was traditionally performed in rice farming villages in order to ensure and to celebrate good harvests. Specifically, samul nori music derives from utdari pungmul (the gut, or shaman ceremony rhythm of the Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong provinces of South Korea), as well as the genres of Yeongnam folk music and Honam udo gut, combined with more contemporary improvisations, elaborations, and compositions. Such nong-ak is steeped in traditional animism and shamanism, but also shows influences from Korean Buddhism. While nong-ak often features the use of wind instruments, samul nori only features the aforementioned four percussion instruments.

Each of the four instruments represents a different weather condition: the janggu represents rain, the kkwaenggwari thunder, the jing the sounds of the wind, and the buk clouds. The idea of yin and yang is also reflected in these instruments: the buk and janggu (leather) represent the sounds of the earth, while the jing and kkwaenggwari (metal) represent sounds of the heavens. Although generally performed indoors, as a staged genre, samul nori depicts the traditional Korean culture, an agricultural society rooted in the natural environment.
Samul nori is characterized by strong, accented rhythms, vibrant body movements, and an energetic spirit.

Samul nori has gained international popularity, with many samul nori bands and camps worldwide. Since the 1980s in South Korea, there has been a marked increase in the amount of fusion music, combining samul nori and Western instruments.

Jeung-Hyun Choi is a Korean traditional percussion player and currently working as managing director of DULSORI, the Korean traditional music group. She has taught Korean traditional percussions and songs for over 20 years. Shae has led many international workshops in Korea and abroad, including SOAS World Music Summer School 2008.