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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


>Japan Relief Night in London

30 Mar


The event will be covered by the media (OK Magazine and Japanese Presses) to raise awareness that Japan still needs help. Mica Paris is attending the event as a special guest, who is a legendary soul singer and TV fashion presenter.
The ticket price is £5,000 (max. 10 people per table) which includes amazing 3 course meal, whiskey, vodka, brandy and wine. The tables will be placed in front of the performers, so you will have great views.
Alternatively,  the tickets for the price of £2,000 per table which only offers 3 course meal and wine are also available.

Venue: The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT
Date: Friday 8th of April
Time: 7-8pm (Drinks reception), 8pm (Dinner & Charity auction)
Dress: Black Tie
For more information: please email: or you can call: Anna (07784 428888), Nichola (07909 555927)

1. Signed T-shirts of Man. U players:
Gary Lineker
Wayne Rooney
Fernando Torres
David Hay

2. 1 week holiday in Dubai (5 star hotel)
Talay Riley – Signed to sony with over 2.5 million views on Youtube. No1 hit with chipmunk ‘Look for me’.
Jeremy Lynch – Semi final contestant on Britains Got Talent football freestyler, with a difference.
Suzie Kennedy (host of the event) – Worlds most famous lookalike and tribute artist to Marilyn Monroe… GOOGLE HER!
Suzie has performed for and in the presence of many leading celebrities including Madonna, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell and Personal Happy Birthday tributes include Sir Richard Branson, Frankie Dettori, John Frieda and Eva Longoria.

>Shugo Tokumaru w/ Full Band

29 Mar


Shugo Tokumaru began recording his sweet and eccentric lo-fi indie pop songs – songs that nod to artists like Plamo, Lullatone, and PWRFL Power – in the early 2000s. He recorded a ten-track demo CD-R, Fragment, in 2003. The album was never officially released, but it did manage to grab the attention of the U.S. label Music Related, which released Tokumaru’s second full-length, Night Piece, in 2004. Tokumaru went on to release a couple more albums over the course of the next few years; L.S.T. followed in 2005 and Exit was released in Japan in 2007. The latter was re-released on the U.S. label Almost Gold in 2008. For 2010’s Port Entropy, Tokumaru adopted a slightly more polished, but still playful, approach.
Date: 6 April 2011, 8pm

Venue: Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street,London E8 3DL 
Admission: £8.5 adv / £10 on the door

Tel: 020 7923 1231 
Organiser: Cafe OTO

>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.

>Actions for Tibet: Anniversary of 10 March 1959 Tibetan Uprising

9 Mar


On Thursday 10 March and Saturday 12 March Tibetans and supporters world-wide will be commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising 10 March 1959, one of the most important dates in the Tibetan calendar. A number of events are being held in the UK to mark the anniversary including a lobby at Westminster. Tibet lobbyists have two asks of MPs:

1. To call on the Foreign Secretary to publicly welcome the election of the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile), invite the Kalon Tripa to the UK and encourage the Chinese President to engage with the Kalon Tripa.

2. To sign EDM 1434: “Arrests in Tibet”, and call on the British Ambassador in China to follow up on cases of arbitrarily arrested Tibetans, including writers, bloggers and artists, to seek their release.

Thursday 10 March (1.00pm-4.00pm)
Tibet Mass Lobby

Supporters across the UK will be lobbying their MPs to urge the government to act on its stated commitment to human rights and to bring tangible progress in seeking a just solution for Tibet. Many will be taking part in a Mass Lobby at the Houses of Parliament.

Location: Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Further information and background materials are available at:

Thursday 10 March (Midday)

Wreath-laying at the Memorial to Innocent Victims of Oppression, Violence and War
An annual wreath-laying to commemorate the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising and remember the thousands of Tibetans who have lost their lives or suffered from torture and oppression as a result of China’s occupation of Tibet. There will be a short service with multi-faith prayers (approximately 15-20 minutes).

Location: At the Memorial to Innocent Victims of Torture, West Door, Westminster Abbey.

Saturday 12 March (11am-1pm. Gather from 11am, march starts at 11.30am)
Tibet Freedom March

To commemorate the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, the annual Tibet Freedom March will take place through central London. This year it will begin on Tothill Street, Westminster and finish outside the Chinese Embassy on Portland Place. Kate Hoey MP will be speaking at the rally outside the Chinese Embassy; the Dalai Lama’s Representative, Mr Thubten Samdup, will be reading the Dalai Lama’s 10th March message.

Location: starts on Tothill Street, London SW1H. Finishes outside Chinese Embassy, Portland Place, London W1B 1JL.

Saturday 12 March (Doors open at 3pm – 6pm)
Remember Tibet

An afternoon event in Westminster Cathedral Hall that commemorates Tibetan National Uprising Day and remembers Tibet, giving its vibrant and distinctive culture a voice through performances and readings. Tibetan food will be available.

Location: Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QW

Saturday 12 March (6.30pm – 9.00pm)
Commemoration of Tibet Women’s Uprising

The UK Tibetan Women’s Association is hosting a commemorative event to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day.

Location: The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL

Full details on all Uprising 2011 events:

>Modern Photography in Japan

6 Mar


Date: 10 March 2011 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP UK
Tel: 020 7486 4348 Fax: 020 7486 2914
Organiser: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in association with Tate Madern
In 2010

Tate Modern acquired a substantial group of works of modernist Japanese photography from the collection of Tom Jacobson and Kaori Hashimoto. These works will be exhibited for the first time as part of Tate Modern’s collection displays in Spring 2011. The exhibits will include important works by Iwao Yamawaki, a Japanese architect and photographer who studied at the Bauhaus in the late 1920s, working with the architect Paul Oud. Also displayed will be other key examples of Japanese modernist photography, the work of practitioners from the 1930s to 1950s such as Fusao Hori, Kiyohiko Komura, Ryukichi Shibuya and Shikanosuke Yagaki. This major acquisition was made possible through funds allocated by the Asian Pacific Acquisitions Committee and a gift from a member of Tate Modern’s Photography Acquisition Committee.

To celebrate this significant expansion of its modern Japanese photography collection, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to announce an event in partnership with Tate Modern. The speakers, Tom Jacobson and Kaori Hashimoto, will discuss their collection and the importance of Japanese photography from this period. They will be in conversation at Daiwa Foundation Japan House with Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate Modern.

Tom Jacobson has been a vintage photography collector and historian for more than 35 years, with an emphasis upon forgotten master photographers from the first half of the 20th Century. After extensive research on Japanese American West Coast photographers from before the Second World War, he turned to art photographers active in Japan from the 1920s and 1930s. His first trip to Japan in 1985 marked the beginning of his efforts to acquire what little Japanese photography remained from that era due to the effects of war and neglect. By going through numerous vintage photographic magazines and annuals, he compiled a long list of interesting photographers. With his assistant and later partner, Kaori Hashimoto, he assembled an extraordinary collection of some of the rarest pre-war Japanese vintage photography, consisting of over 500 prints by 20 key photographers.

Kaori Hashimoto became Tom Jacobson’s assistant in 1985 and began a research and collecting adventure throughout Japan in search of vintage Japanese pre-war photography. From 1986 through 1988, she worked as chief interpreter and staff member at Gallery MIN, Tokyo, specializing in contemporary Californian photographers. She published monographs and interpreted slide lectures on more than 18 photographers including, among others, Jo Ann Callis, Henry Wessel, Susan Rankaitis. Hashimoto moved to the United States in 1988 to work with Jacobson on the Japanese collection, arranging loans to exhibitions within the United States and overseas.