Music To Your Ears: The K-Music Festival 2018

The annual K-Music festival is back in London between the months of October and November. K-Pop isn’t the only sound that Korea has to offer, and upon attendance, you’ll be treated to  numerous artists, from a vast number of genres.

The festival consists of 6 acts that specialise in contemporary jazz, rock, traditional Korean, opera and glam rock.  This year’s festival is being opened by glam rock trio Ssing Ssing, who have added an extra show to this year’s lineup!

What’s so special about the trio, is that their performances are very theatrical and they put a spin on traditional Korean folk songs – synthesised with guitars, bass and drums.

You can catch Ssing Ssing on Sunday 30th September at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, and Tuesday 2nd October at London Southbank Centre.

You can see the following artists and more during the festival:

Ahn Sook-Sun: Pansori Concert

Ahn Sook-Sun is an international performer and award winner, who performs traditional Korean Opera.

Ensemble E-DO

Kyung-Hwa Yu leads this sextet. Prepare to be taken back in time with an array of traditional Korean instruments, and pansori…

The Near East Quartet

The Near East Quartet were established in 2010, and mix the sounds of traditional Korean folk music with contemporary jazz. This is something I’d love to hear, as these genres are very different from one another.

Also making an appearance is Urban Sound, and KyungSo Park,  Youn Sun Nah and Hyelim Kim and Alice Zawadzki.

This is the 6th edition of the festival and is produced and directed by the Korean Cultural Centre (London), and believe me this event is not one to be missed! I’ve attended before and was amazed by the variety of music genres, the styles and authenticity of each artist.

The following performances will take place between 30th September – 20th November, in a number of London locations.

Grab your tickets here whilst you can!

For further information on the event take a look at the official K-Music website. 

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