Playlist: K-Music Festival 2018 (London; Sunday 30th September to Tuesday 20th November 2018)

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Are you ready for a full-immersion in K-sounds? For the fifth year in a row, Serious and the Korean Cultural Centre are bringing to London the K-music Festival with its full supply of East Asian notes.

Check out our playlist and have a sneak peek and listen to what you can enjoy in the upcoming weeks. 

The K-Music Festival 2018 at Southbank Centre

4 Amazing stages of the K-Music Festival will take place at Southbank Centre from 2 October to 20 November. - A festival that is ‘original, powerful and thrilling like nothing you have ever heard before’ (★★★★★ Evening Standard) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SsingSsing Tuesday 2nd October / Purcell Room GET TICKETS: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ahn Sook-Sun Saturday 3rd November / Purcell Room GET TICKETS: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Near East Quartet + KyungSo Park Monday 19th November / Purcell Room GET TICKETS: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Youn Sun Nah + Hyelim Kim & Alice Zawadzki Tuesday 20th November / Queen Elizabeth Hall GET TICKETS: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The K-Music Festival 2018 Trailer - Ssing Ssing

[K-MUSIC FESTIVAL: SSINGSSING] Tue. 2 Oct. 7:45 pm, Southbank Centre Tickets: Sun. 30 Sept. 1:30pm, PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Tickets: Glam folk/rock band SsingSsing will open the 5th K-Music Festival in London. SsingSsing's vocalist Heemoon Lee, who performed with the Korean jazz band Prelude last year at the Royal Albert Hall returns K-Music with an even more exciting funky rock band! Heemoon Lee is one of the most highly acclaimed successors of Gyeonggi Minyo in Korea (Traditional Korean folk songs designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property of no. 57).

[MV] SsingSsing - Noraegarak 씽씽-노래가락

Authentic Korean traditional vocals with rock band music, combined with an extravagant visual style and stage manners. Six musicians from diverse genres join creative forces in the eccentric band SsingSsing. The group welds two totally disparate elements: rock band music and the typical authentic, somewhat oscillating vocals from Korean folk songs, while also including elements from ballads, pop music and shamanic rituals. SsingSsing creates a unique vibe while introducing elements of Korean traditional music, such as Gyeonggi Sor(folk songs from central province around Seoul), Seodo Sori(folk songs from northwestern provinces of North Korea), and Seoul Gut (Shamanic ritual from Seoul) in their works.

SsingSsing: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Sept. 21, 2017 | Bob Boilen -- One look at (and listen to) the cross-dressing, Asian rock band SsingSsing and you would hardly think they're singing music inspired by traditional Korean folk. But SsingSsing isn't like any other band I've ever seen or heard. The group sings a regional folk style called minyo and the gender bending look has to do with shamans not glamour. As singer Hee-moon Lee describes it, "In 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. It sounds silly, but I feel like going back to the sensibilities of my youth, when I liked Madonna, helps." The understated music, the small dramatic gestures and the costumes all combine for one of my most memorable Tiny Desk Concerts of all time. Set List "Minyo Medley" "Nanbongga (Song of Beloveds)" "Saseol Nanbongga (Narrative Song of Beloveds)" MUSICIANS Hee-moon Lee (vocal), Da-hye Choo (vocal), Seung-tae Shin (vocal), Young-gyu Jang (bass guitar), Tae-won Lee (electric guitar), and Chul-hee Lee (drums) CREDITS Producers: Bob Boilen, Bronson Arcuri, Morgan Noelle Smith; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Beck Harlan, Kara Frame, Bronson Arcuri; Production Assistant: CJ Riculan; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR. For more Tiny Desk concerts, subscribe to our podcast:

The K-Music Festival 2018 Trailer - Ensemble E-do

[K-MUSIC FESTIVAL: ENSEMBLE E-DO] Tues 9th Oct 7:30, Rich Mix Tickets: World Music Ensemble E-do's London debut opens on 9th October! The rhythm-heavy ensemble E-do is led by Kyung-Hwa Yu, one of the most acclaimed artists in Korea. This sextet uses traditional Korean instruments such as the chulhyungeum (an iron-stringed instrument that sounds like an electric guitar), janggu (drum) and daegeum (bamboo flute), alongside the double bass and acoustic guitar, accompanied by soaring pansori vocals.

You kyung-hwa & Ensemble E-DO

E-DO Biography. World Music Ensemble E-DO plays Korean traditional music, Gugak, as well as modern Korean music, mixing traditional and modern instruments. The group's works include original songs based on traditional music as well as fresh interpretations of traditional repertoires. 2012.10/PAMS Choice 2012 Seoul Art Market(Arts Management Support Center,Seoul,KOREA 2013.08// ‘E-DO’ Collaboration at Story Concert of King Sejong,Sejong Cultural Center, KOREA 2015.02/inko Centre Opening Celebration Performance Chennai,india 2015.10/Chengdu Festival celebrating 23rd anniversary of Korea-China friendship /Chengdu,China 2016.07/Bangkok 'Seoul Week' Aksra Theatre King Power E-DO /Aksra,Bangkok 2016.10/RBS Auditorium E-DO Kochi india/inko Centre, India 2016.10/Phoenix Marketcity World music Ensemble E-DO in Chennai india/ inko Centre,India 2016.10/Seoul San Francisco/Mason Center Cowell Theater/San Francisco,USA 2016.10/ Hanoi Seoul Day 2016/Hanoi, Vietnam 2017.08/Edinburgh Fringe Festival-Coreamuser choice,ZOO Southside/England 2017.11/MICA Falvey Hall/Baltimore ,USA 2017.11/Millennium Stage at The John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Washington D.C.USA 2017.11/PyeongChang Winter Olympics Success concert/Mexico City,Mexico 2017.12/International Sefika Kultlue Music Festival/Yenimahalle nazim Hikmet/Ankara,Turkey 2017.12/Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi/Izmir,Turkey 2018.01/Korean Cultural Center Grand Opening/Hongkong 2018.03/National Performing Arts Centert/taipei,Taiwan

Journey to Korean Music 2016) Bird of Forgetting, and Sinawi by World Music Ensemble E-DO

World Music Ensemble E-DO's name comes from Yi Do, the given name of Sejong the Great. Inspired by King Sejong's love for his people and desire to seek their good, the members of World Music Ensemble E-DO seek to make music in the same spirit. yeominrok is a production based on "Yeominnak," a song composed by King Sejong for the enjoyment of the people. The philosophy behind the music of World Music Ensemble E-DO, modeled after King Sejong's creation of "Yeominnak," is to create music for the modern era that can similarly be enjoyed by all, and to share it freely in Korea and beyond. Presenting audiences with the traditions of gugak as well as modern Korea music, not to mention an engaging mix of traditional and modern instruments, World Music Ensemble E-DO highlights the beauty and virtues of traditional Korean Music. The group's works include original songs based on traditional music as well as fresh interpretation of the traditional repertory.

The K-Music Festival 2018 Trailer - Urban Sound

[K-MUSIC FESTIVAL: URBAN SOUND] Fri 19th Oct 8PM, Kings Place Tickets: “Their music transcends cultural barriers and embraces Asian tradition and modern sound” – Gugak FM, Korea Urban Sound is a collaboration between Korean percussionist Jihye Kim and Taiwanese/Australian pianist Belle Chen. Together with Belle’s twist on a classical piano and Jihye’s percussion, Urban Sound combines the traditional and experimental with an array of Eastern and Western sounds. Under the theme of ‘The Mirror in the Mirror’, this performance would make the audience to explore the journey one takes to find one’s self when living in a foreign country. Their performance for K-Music Festival will be joined by two special guests; Latin Grammy Award-winning violinist Sita Chay and piri (bamboo flute) player Seayool Kim. Enjoy ‘original but provocative’ sound from Urban Sound.

Urban Sounds - Asian Sound Project: Fire

'Fire' - the first sparks from lighting a match. Urban Sounds is a collaboration between Korean percussionist Jihye Kim, Chinese percussionist Beibei Wang, and Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen. Filmed live at Elim Art Centre, Incheon. January 2018. Jihye Kim & Beibei Wang (percussion) Belle Chen (piano) with special guest Bongguen Lee (vocals)

Earth, Urban Sound, 어반사운드

Urban Sound, 어반사운드 Asian Sound Project, Elim Art Centre, Inceon, Korea 06.01.2018

The K-Music Festival 2018 Trailer - Ahn Sook-Sun

[K-MUSIC FESTIVAL: Ahn Sook-Sun & Jun-Soo Kim] Sat 3rd Nov 6pm, Southbank Centre Tickets: A rare opportunity to see Korea's traditional opera sung by the country's most legendary pansori singer. Ahn Sook-Sun will perform Heungbuga, one of the most humorous stories, accompanied by male pansori singer by KimJun-Soo. "pansori is as rich and earthy as flamenco or blues, with lyrics that are as poetic as either of those forms" - Joe Boyd (Record Producer)

Pansori: South Korea’s Authentic Musical Storytelling

They say that the finest work of pansori can make your heart stop beating. Pansori is a traditional South Korean form of storytelling, operatic in style, that relies on the authenticity, intensity and power of the singer’s voice to express stories of love, death, tradition, honor. A perfect performance does not strive for purity or perfection of voice; rather it embraces all sides of the human experience. One of pansori’s virtuosos is Ahn Sook Sun, a living legend in Korea’s cultural history. For Ahn, the only way of mastering the ancient art is for each singer to build her own authentic sound. This Great Big Story is a paid contribution by Genesis. SUBSCRIBE: This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and let us connect you to some of the most peculiar, stirring, extraordinary, and distinctive people in the world. Got a story idea for us? Shoot us an email at hey [at] GreatBigStory [dot] com Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: Make our acquaintance on Facebook: Give us a shout on Twitter: Come hang with us on Vimeo: Visit our world directly:
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