K-MUSIC 2020

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 Critics’ 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 Her, Kyungso Park & Soona Park and the renowned pansori artist Jaram Lee. A K-Music Encounters Special features the musical director of Parasite Jae il Jung's new collaboration. 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

Get your live show tickets below and watch online this November.

A festival that is ‘original, powerful and thrilling like nothing you have ever heard before’ (★★★★★ Evening Standard)

ADG7 | Friday 30 October | LONDON Kings Place

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 the Korean people’s hope for reunification.

Soojin Suh & Kit Downes | Monday 16 November | LONDON PizzaExpress, Holborn

K-Music joins with EFG London Jazz Festival to present a unique collaboration between two compelling ECM artists. SooJin Suh is one of Korea's leading experimental drummers, expertly molding jazz to a unique sound. Acclaimed pianist Kit Downes collaborates with Ruth Goller on bass

Full online programme details will be available on this page from Thursday 1st October

Sat 31 Oct | JAMBINAI - K-Music Greats | YouTube, 5pm

Mon 2 Nov | DONGYANG GOZUPA & DAL:UM - K-Music New Talent | YouTube, 7pm

Tue 3 Nov | YOON JEONG HER (Black String) - K-Music Encounters | YouTube, 7pm

Wed 4 Nov | KYUNGSO PARK & SOONA PARK - K-Music Encounters | YouTube, 7pm

Wed 4 Nov | JAE IL JUNG & SOONA PARK - K-Music Encounters | YouTube, 7.25pm

Thu 5 Nov | JARAM LEE - K-Music Encounters | YouTube, 7pm

Frid 6 Nov | HEY STRING - K-Music Specials | YouTube, 7pm 

Sat 7 Nov | BLACK STRING - K-Music Greats | YouTube, 5pm

Mon 9 Nov | GRAY BY SILVER & GONIA - K-Music New Talent | YouTube, 7pm

Tue 10 Nov | COREYAH - K-Music Critic's Choice | YouTube, 7pm

Wed 11 Nov | SINNOI - K-Music Critic's Choice | YouTube, 7pm

Thu 12 Nov | LEENALCHI - K-Music Critic's Choice | YouTube, 7pm

Fri 13 Nov | PARK JIHA + KYUNGSO PARK + WOOJAE PARK + SOONA PARK - K-Music Specials | YouTube, 7pm

Sat 14 Nov | HEEMOON LEE + PRELUDE + NOMNOM | YouTube, 5pm