K Music 2020, London’s Festival of Korean Music, various venues, London.
Dates: Friday, October 30, 2020 - Monday, November 16, 2020
Featuring: Various Artists
We have received the following press release;
London’s Festival of Korean Music
30 October – 16 November 2020
DG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil) | Friday 30 October | LONDON Kings Place
SooJin Suh & Kit Downes | Monday 16 November | LONDON PizzaExpress Holborn
Plus online programme of performances + talks
We are delighted to announce that K-Music, London’s festival of Korean music, returns this year as a live and digital event with live concerts and a selection of streamed performances and talks. The Festival will run from Friday 30 October to Monday 16 November, with the final live concert becoming part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. The live shows include multi award-winning nine-piece ADG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil) and an exciting and completely new collaboration between experimental drummer/composer SooJin Suh and British pianist/composer Kit Downes.
A fantastic programme of online concerts and talks will run between the two live concerts and we have divided them into categories. K-Music Greats includes artists that have performed at previous K-Music festivals, are some of the biggest names in Korean music. This year they include Songlines Award Winners Black String and Jambinai and the sensational singer Heemoon Lee alongside Prelude and NomNom. For K-Music Critic’s Choice we have selected world-renowned groups Coreyah, Leenalchi and Sinnoi, who are enjoying growing success. K-Music Specials will stream full-length concerts and include a new performance from gayageum trio Hey String as well as an outstanding collaboration with Park Jiha, Kyungso Park, Woojae Park and Soona Park.
Artists in the K-Music Encounters category will discuss their work before presenting some unique collaborations and one-off pieces and this year include Yoon Jeong Heo, Kyungso Park & Soona Park and the renowned pansori artist Jaram Lee. A K-Music Encounters Special features a new collaboration from Jae Il Jung, music director of Parasite. The final category, K-Music New Talent, offers a chance to hear fresh sounds from Korea’s up-and-coming new groups and this year we showcase Dongyang Gozupa, Gray by Silver, Dal:um and Gonia.
ADG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil)
Friday 30 October, Kings Place
ADG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil) made their world debut in 2019 at Womex and GlobalFEST to much press acclaim. With the explosions of a pop rock cabaret and the grooves of funk, the group draw on the sacred shamanic and secular ritual music and folk song of the Hwanghaedo region in western North Korea, their music expressing the true meaning of liberation and South Korea’s desire for reunification. The nine-member group perform traditional instruments – zithers, flutes, drums and gongs – with three powerhouse singers and together they create an exuberant, contemporary interpretation of the spirit of Hwanghaedo.
Band members include Won Meon Dong Maru on gayageum (zither); Grace Park on ajaeng (zither); Kim Yak Dae on daeguem (bamboo flute); Lee Man Wol on piri (bamboo oboe) and saenghwang (free reed mouth organ); Chun Gung Dal and Sunwoo Bara on percussion; and Hong Ok, Wol Seon and Meong Wol on vocals.
“The show has all the trappings of K-Pop – choreographed singers, candy-coloured costumes and bouncy, upbeat, often swinging songs that link the concision of folk tunes to the catchy repetition of pop, with cymbals for drive and flute and zither lines for instrumental hooks.” NEW YORK TIMES
“A most astonishing show musically and immensely entertaining” Bob Boilen, NPR
SooJin Suh & Kit Downes
Monday 16 November, Pizza Express
SooJin Suh is one of Korea’s leading experimental drummers who studied music from the age of 5 and graduated from City College, New York. She has released four albums (TheMoon in Your Hand, Strange Liberation, Colorist and Embrace) and is a member of K-Music 2018 performers, Near East Quartet, whose eponymous album came out on ECM in the same year.
BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Prize-nominated pianist/composer Kit Downes is also an ECM artist, playing solo as well as with his own bands (ENEMY, Troyka, Elt and Vyamanikal). SooJin Suh and Kit Downes will be accompanied by Ruth Goller on bass for this collaboration, which is exclusive to the K-Music Festival in partnership with the EFG London Jazz Festival and promises to be a classic.
Full online programme details will be available from Thursday 1st October at http://www.serious.org.uk/k-music
31 Oct, 5pm: K-Music Greats I: Jambinai
2 Nov, 7pm: New Talent I & II: Dongyang Gozupa + Dal:um
3 Nov,7pm: K-Music Encounters I: Yoon Jeong Heo
4 Nov, 7pm: K-Music Encounters II: Kyungso Park & Soona Park
4 Nov, 7.25pm: K-Music Encounters Special: Jae Il Jung
5 Nov, 7pm: K-Music Encounters III: Jaram Lee
6 Nov, 7pm: K-Music Specials I: Hey String
7 Nov, 5pm: K-Music Greats II: Black String
9 Nov, 7pm: New Talent III & IV: Gray by Silver + Gonia
10 Nov, 7pm: Critics’ Choice I: Coreyah
11 Nov, 7pm: Critics’ Choice II: Sinnoi
12 Nov, 7pm: Critics’ Choice III: Leenalchi
13 Nov, 7pm: K-Music Specials II: Park Jiha, Kyungso Park, Woojae Park & Soona Park
14 Nov, 5pm: K-Music Greats III: Heemoon Lee + Prelude + NomNom
K-Music 2020 is produced and directed by the Korean Cultural Centre UK and Serious. For more Korea-related events visit http://www.kccuk.org.uk
Best of K-Music Festival CD: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Tc8cXGuz64GcO8RqHG5yN?si=nTZMu_r4S66Q3J4hC7_jWA
2020 Festival youtube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVysr8RrgbqF9LF2Pz-3U5dFMcToFLJCH
Music from Parasite: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XRuEEbhMF9Q4TcJBw4GqP?si=ju1YUz8PTEGbtGsoXTkhVg