Korea Chronicles: the opening performance

Here is a video of the opening performance of the Korea Chronicles residency at the KCC, by Jason Verney of Native Nomad Pictures.

The film features the 12th August performances and concert in its entirety, along with added extras – the preparation beforehand, the artwork associated with the KAA’s, rehearsals and more.

Korea Chronicles – the 2014 KAA residency at the KCC


The Korean Artists Association UK (KAA) presents its annual showcase at the Korean Cultural Centre in August 2014. The theme of this year’s event is Korea Chronicles. Generally, Chronicles are a historical account of facts and events set in chronological order as in a timeline. This has inspired the KAA to show the development of the arts and music of Korea from traditional to contemporary, and with some historical figures.


with Guest Musicians Dayena Song (kayagum) and Sung Young Ji & Gina Ha-Gorlin (percussion)

Participating Artists

Magenta Kang
Soon Yul Kang
Tae Hyung Kim
Jeong Min Moon
Miso Park
Tommy Seo
Feleppa Seo
Suki Berwick
Bo Ram Lee
Jiwon Ree
Dong Hoon Choi
Woo Hyeon Kwon
Sang Mee Jang
Joohee Chun
Danbi Choi
Kitty Jun Im


Shin Yoon Seok in Seoul Arts Center concert

KAA member Shin Yoon Seok is performing at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, South Korea on 26 July 2014 at 8pm. The programme will include:

Saint-Saëns: ‘Carnival of the Animals’

with Seoul Amore Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Hee Tae Seo (Music Director in Korean Drama ‘Beethoven Virus’)
Pianists: Yoon-Seok Shin & Insun Kim
Narrator: Yoo Sung Jun (Comedian/Gagman)

(click on the below poster for a full-sized version)

Carnival poster

Catherine Lee and Minjung Baek at Blackheath Halls

Lee and Baek

Cellist Catherine Lee will be accompanied by pianist Minjung Baek in a lunchtime duo recital at Blackheath Hall (Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music), 9 June 2014 at 1.10pm. The exact venue is The Recital Room, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ

No tickets are required.


Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op.99
Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.

Blackheath Halls is a wonderful listed building and London’s oldest purpose built concert hall, located in South East London.

Train: Overground trains to Blackheath station.
By DLR: The nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Lewisham. Connections to Blackheath Halls can be made by Train or Bus.
By Bus: Routes 54, 89, 108, 202, 380, 386, N53 and N108 all stop in Blackheath.

www.minjungbaek.com | www.catherinemusic.com

Bridging Colours – White: Yong Min Cho at Asia House and Venice.

Details of the final performance linked to Yong Min Cho’s Asia House residency have been announced. Tickets can be reserved via the Asia House website. Also below are details of a subsequent performance in Venice on 18 June.

Bridging Colours – White

Dance and Music Performance
Asia House | 63 New Cavendish St | London | W1G 7LP
13 June 2014, 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Bridging Colours-White

As part of his residency at Asia House, choreographer Yong Min Cho will present a special collaborative venture with Korean Dance Company Pyung-In and musical ensemble, Nol Eum Pan. The performance will have an emphasis on the colour white, as this is one of the five most important colours in Korean tradition and life, which consists of white, black, red, blue and yellow.

Yong Min Cho (UK/South Korea/Italy) Artistic director of A+M (Asia Movement), began his studies at the dance theatre school of Paolo Grassi (Picolo Teatro). After training in Milan, he moved to Venice to join the then named Academia I’sola Danza, where he worked with Carolyn Carlson. Since 2005, he has been living and working in London whilst touring in Italy and South Korea. A+M is a new platform for East-West cultural exchange to research and explore potential ideas that cross the rich and diverse traditions of Eastern Dance within a contemporary Western context.

The performance is in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgi Cini onlus, Venice, and Antiruggine, Italy.

Find more information about Yong Min Cho on his website: www.ymcho.co.uk

Partner for this Summer dance programme
Sunok Phillips

Supported by
May Kim

Pyung-In Dance Company
Lee Seung Ju (Dance Director)
Eum Jung Eun
Jo Song Yi

Nol Eum Pan

Korean Traditional Music Team
Kim Seung Ho (Music Director)
Kim Min Ji
Lee Eun Young
Lim Hyun Ho


And the Venice performance (click on the poster for a full-sized version):

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Shin Yoon Seok to perform at Sejong Art Center, Seoul

KAA member Shin Yoon Seok is giving a piano recital at the prestigious Sejong Art Center in Seoul on 26 May 2014 at 7:30pm. The programme is as follows:

Haydn Piano Sonata No 47 in B minor, Hob XVI:32
Chopin Nocturne in B major, Op 32 No 1
Nocturne in C# minor, Op post
Mozart 10 Variations on “Unser dummer Pöbel meint” in G major, K455
Mompou Impresiones Intimas
Schubert Fantasie in C major, D760 (Wanderer)

(click on the images for a full-size poster)
Yoon Poster

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합 Collaboration – a review of the exhibition by Vittoria Biasi

The Collaboration exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre in London is an important event organised by The Korean Artists Association in the UK.

Exhibition View
Exhibition View

The Korean Cultural Centre’s project gives priority to spreading the knowledge of oriental creative thought with annual exhibitions in which the KAA member artists express their ideas through art in different media. Additionally, the cohesion and unity of the KAA artists gives them the possibility to reinforce their links with the UK. This year’s exhibition Collaboration draws inspiration from linguistics as an expression of Korean culture with respect of object and gesture analysis.

Exhibition View: Moon Jeong Min (Left), Joo Hee Chun + Jee Soo Shin (Far left, Middle), Miso Park (Far middle)
Exhibition View: Moon Jeong Min (Left), Joo Hee Chun + Jee Soo Shin (Far left, Middle), Miso Park (Far middle)

The project includes performances, conferences, workshops and videos. KAA brings together visual artists and musicians such as Ji Eun Jung celebrated interpreter of the Korean traditional harp, Se Young Jeong, Hyun Seok Kwon and the composer Tae Hwan Rho. The relationship with sound in Korean music is equivalent to the search for the essential of visual art. The relationship between the two compositions is tackled by Joo Hee Chun and Jee Soo Shin in the work White Blessing. The white thought is a sketch on a surface on which it is difficult to write notes. The musical score is a free path which extends itself on the canvass as an emanation of itself. Jee Soo Shin’s musical composition searches the primary sound which accompanies the white origin of all things.

Exhibition View: Soon Yul Kang (Right), Jeong Min Moon (Middle), See Hee Kim (Far left)
Exhibition View: Soon Yul Kang (Right), Jeong Min Moon (Middle), See Hee Kim (Far left)

Soon Yul Kang’s creative conception is based on the relationship with the invisible. The artist chose as the theme of her work the relationship between Yin / Yang and the five elements: Wood, Water, Metal, Fire and Earth. Wood and metal, which are in conflict according to the artist, become the body of the dialogue with the other elements. Soon Yul Kang expresses her idea through wooden circular shapes. The three sculptures analyse the relationship between the five elements represented chromatically by open rings. The interruption of their circularity corresponds to the question the artist asks about the energetic flows which are at the root of any life form. There is nothing more mysterious for the artist than to imagine the energy of the primary elements and reflect on their dynamics. The study is close to Delaunay who defined a chromatic symbolism with geometric forms in order to modulate the perceptive flows of sight and hence of feeling. The transformation that takes place in the retina corresponds to the same passages of the soul.

Se Hee Kim: Observation of the Invisible (left) and Cell Diary (right) (2013)
Se Hee Kim: Observation of the Invisible (left) and Cell Diary (right) (2013). Video, drawing, installation

Se Hee Kim explores the invisible through the behaviour of one’s own cells, creating an observation journal. The dynamism captured by the artist is a fractal route in which the observer loses all sense of direction!

Even though it is a real physical movement, some things which happen inside us become theoretical creativity. An example of this is the work of Seung Joon Lee and Li Ju Kim, who establish a relationship between a Korean bozagi map with the work of Mondrian. From the confrontation of these two artistic expressions which belong to different cultures and periods appears a friendly work as the artists themselves have defined it. The project is concerned with the echo of Mondrian’s map. He lived abstraction as a form of spirituality. With Broadway Boogie-Woogie (’42-43), Mondrian establishes a relationship between his work and the map of Manhattan. The line is the result of internal tensions that converge on the layout.

Sung-Hwoa Gong: Swimming Narwhal (2013).
Sung-Hwoa Gong: Swimming Narwhal (2013). Video Animation

For the artist Jeong Min Moon, the white centre crossed by black signs is the symbol of the conflictive system between dark/light, male/female, peace/war, stillness/movement, etc. The attention to some oriental philosophies has become great in the XX century as a social concern as demonstrated by Greenpeace who has commissioned the multimedia artist Sung Hwoa Gong. In the darkness of the sea, white narwhals, a symbol of the threatened arctic animals, dance a life in the round as in The Dance by Henri Matisse. The image is rich in poetry and makes one reflect on the circularity of existence that involves the life of man even in its most unexpected expressions.

Ki Hyun Kim, Eu Rim Kim, Brian Johnson & Clarence Chan: Soul Mandala Love 2-2, (2013)
Ki Hyun Kim, Eu Rim Kim, Brian Johnson & Clarence Chan: Soul Mandala Love 2-2, (2013) Mixed media on board, 240x240cm,

The Mandala of artists Ki hyun Kim, Eu rim Kim, Brian Johnson, Clarence Chan, is the result of an alliance among independent artists in the UK and Korea, it is the symbol of unity par excellence, is the harmony from which the universal good derives. The same immigration re-enters the natural transformation project, in social life this phenomenon is coloured in different values and in the individual sphere, the separation is a wound which memories maternal blessing, the search for identity alleviate and maybe even cure! The photographic work of Mi So Park builds a clear path underlined by a clear separation from the scene as indicated by two domestic colours.

Tae Hyung Kim & Ha Neul Shin: Sa-Yook-Shin, (2013).
Tae Hyung Kim & Ha Neul Shin: Sa-Yook-Shin, (2013). Photography & Oil painting,

The concept of memories and of Korean tradition is the basis for the the work by photographer Tae Hyung Kim and the visual artist Ha Neul Shin. Naming their work after the exhibition, the artists reinterpret the historical event known as The six martyred ministers or Sayuksin, who were executed in 1456 for plotting against king Sejo. The story is about a collection of poems in which the King asked them to repent. In turn, ministers had to reply with other poems. However, they refused and preferred martyrdom. The artists, through this historical example compose an invitation to tolerance. The images proposed are of a reflective or interrogative nature among architectural symbols which hint at possible openings although still closed.

Exhibition View: Eun Jung Seo Feleppa (Left), Sook Hee Kwon (Middle), Ha Neul Shin (Right)
Exhibition View: Eun Jung Seo Feleppa (Left), Sook Hee Kwon (Middle), Ha Neul Shin (Right)

Artists Eun Jung Seo Feleppa and Sook Hee Kwon revisit and interpret in a contemporary language the traditional Minwha painting which decorated Ch’aekkori screens with simple strongly evocative scenes with animals. The painting is completed with a textile art work and the sculptural insertion of a book!

The Collaboration exhibition proposes to the visitor a reality which cannot be directly visualised but which can be felt. A work of art, by definition, attempts to fulfil superior spiritual interests. The exhibition proposes with apparent simplicity forms and shades of the different realities which are the vehicle of deep concepts and notions, just as the ears or the skin allow music to flow to the mind!!

Vittoria Biasi
Art historian & Art critic

Soon Yul Kang (강순열) at Piers Feetham Gallery


An exhibition by Artists of Kew Studio
4th – 9th November 2013
Private View: 4th November 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Piers Feetham Gallery
475 Fulham Road, London SW6 1HL
(Opening Hours: Tue. – Fri. 10am – 6pm Sat. 10am – 1pm)


The art studio as we know it has a history that stretches back to the Middle Ages. At its most basic, the art studio was, and still is, a workshop in which artists not only produce their own work but also work with a small number of students to train and pass skills onto them. To the artists and students who have the luxury of such a place, though, it is so much more. A studio gives its artists a physical base, an artistic focus and a surrounding that encourages ideas and physical work to flourish. In fact, it has been said that a studio is not just a place, but a state of mind.

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The eight artists exhibiting here are resident artists at Kew Art Studio in London. Kew Art Studio is one of an increasingly rare resource for artists – an affordable space which houses resident artists, open studio space for non-resident artists, etching and screen printing studios and classes. One of the most exciting aspects of a place like Kew Studio is the diversity of skills, expertise and importantly, ideas that come together in one space. As artists, it is this exchange of ideas that nourishes us and gives rise to fresh thinking and ever-evolving work. We are painters, weavers, photographers, mosaic and collage artists. The work is diverse, but born of the same energy and incubated in the same safe place.

“Inspiration does exist but it must find you working” Pablo Picasso

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Exhibiting Artists
Erin Pizzey | Fiona Bell
Jacqueline Hall | Kim Shaw
Maureen Finucane | Seraphine Tierney
Soon Yul Kang | William Jefferies

Tube: Fulham Broadway Bus: 14, 21, 414
PARKING: There is underground car parking in the Fulham Broadway Centre and in Chelsea Football Ground directly opposite the Gallery. Please note that all on-street parking in this part of Fulham is “Residents only” between 6.30 and 8pm.

www.kewstudio.org | www.piersfeethamgallery.com


KAA’s 2013 KCC “합, 合, Collaboration” programme: the opening performance

Here is the programme for the opening performance on 28 August. Please RSVP to koreanartuk@gmail.com.

Collaboration banner

Ham graphic

Collaborative Performance

1. ‘Petal – like’ (꽃잎처럼)

Poem by Hye Kyung Park, Sabrina Park Kim (Piano Music), Chang Gyun Woo (Image)

2. Pochagi (보자기)

by Hye Lim Kim (Taegŭm and electronics)

Pochagi is Hye Lim Kim’s first elecroacoustic composition in which she uses elements of Korean traditional music. Pochagi is a Korean patchwork cloth that can be used as a wrapping cloth, and her piece explores the concept of Pochagi, extended to mean a container that can capture the diverse sounds of Korea music. The basic material for the piece is the Korean traditional bamboo flute, the Taegŭm. The acoustic instrument represents, to her, the characteristic Korean sound: the instrument is foregrounded to produce impromptu melodies that descend in various ways from traditional repertories. Meanwhile, the electronic sounds function as a magnifying glass, reflecting the minute layers of sound. In this piece, she attempts to bridge several dichotomies inherent in the flute and in traditional music – complexes of purity / noise, tradition / modernity and delight / sadness.

3. Bi (‘비’ 悲)

by Hyun Su Song (Haegŭm) & Eun Sol Lee (Dance)

This piece of music was composed in 1980 by the Korean master Young Jae Kim. The composition is a sorrowful melody from the provinces of Yeongnam, Honam and the north western provinces of Korea. It is folk music and performed with an Eotmori rhythm which gives the piece an atmosphere of lament and regret. The accompanying solo music for Haegŭm is strongly improvised in places. The accompanying dance portrays a woman’s heart towards a man who is facing death, praying that his pain and sorrow will vanish and that his life on the other side will be filled with eternal happiness. To lighten his path towards the other world a dance move called ‘ji jun’ and the beautiful, yearning sound of the Haegŭm was used in combination to create the piece.


Kayagŭm and Piano Duo with electronic sound (sound-escape) by Cho Rong Park (Composer), performed by Ji Eun Jung (Kayagŭm), Ko Eun Choi (Piano), Julian Toha (Guest Media Artist)

Grandmother, mother and daughter. The mother does not exist without her grandmother, and the daughter does not exist without her mother. The past is inseparable from the future. The future is projected from the past. The new is born of the momentum of the old. Moments gather to compose timelines that conjoin and form the wheels of history. Points, lines and circles are symbolic elements that capture the essence of this idea. They are sound-images used in this piece to express the interaction of these elements in history. ‘Points’ in time gather to form ‘lines’ in time, and these lines morph into ‘circles.’

5. Ko San (‘고산’)

by KAYA (Kayagŭm – Ji Eun Jung; Guitar – Sung Min Jeon) & Hyun Su Song (Haegŭm)

‘Ko San’, which means ‘Solitary Mountain’ was composed by Jin Goo Lee for three kayagŭm. In this arrangement by Ji Eun Jung it is performed on kayagŭm, guitar and haegŭm.

6. East Fantasia

by Tae Hwan Roh (Composer), performed by KAYA & Ko Eun Choi (keyboard), Jin Kyung Park (flute), Hye Jin Yu (violin), So Jin Kim (cello), Yun Shin (clarinet), Jea Hong Shin (Oboe)

‘East Fantasia’ is a piece which combines two distinct musical cultures: Korean traditional music and Western music. This piece was composed to display the sound of creation: a place of purity, where there is passion for life. As the piece begins with the foundation of the pure, elemental and spiritual, the peacefulness progresses to express stronger passion through the rapid tempo and combination of the Kayagŭm and western instruments. This piece provides beautiful harmony and tempo.

7. Piano style

(K-pop music & Dance performance) by Han Bit Cho (Piano), Ae Jin Han (Choreographer), Se Young Jeong and Hyun Seok Kwon (Percussion), 5 Dancers.

In this piano version, K-Pop Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is reinterpreted through media and a wide variety of dance vocabularies such as contemporary dance, ballet and b-boy dance. Part of the popularity of K-Pop Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is owed to Psy’s singular horse dance, one of the song’s representative elements that have united global audiences. Dancing bodies can be regarded as a signifier of non-verbal communication, and a range of ethnicities can enjoy it without understanding different languages. This performance is inspired by the Korean musical dance-theatre production “Ballerina Who Loves B-Boy” and set to traditional Korean instrumentation with piano. Choreographer Ae Jin Han combines movement with the text of the dance-theatre and meaning in the joyful in Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

8. Hap (‘합’ Collaboration)

by Jung Hyun Choi (Percussion), Jeong Min Moon (Painting), Shzr Ee Tan (Piano), Eun Sol Lee (Dance), Se Young Jeong & Hyun Seok Kwon (Percussion).

‘합’ Collaboration is collaborative performance with Korean percussion, piano, painting and dance. In this performance, Jeung Hyun Choi and Dr. Shzr Ee Tan will be improvising with two Samulnori rhythms: tasurum and kutkori. While they are playing, artist Jeong Min Moon commences Dripping Work, based on American abstract artist Jackson Pollock’s Dripping, and the audience will be invited to participate. When the kutkori rhythm starts, the dancer joins the performance and her foot is used as a paint brush, creating a new collaborative art work.



KAA’s 2013 KCC “합, 合, Collaboration” programme: the conference and workshop

This year’s programme at the Korean Cultural Centre entitled 합, 合, Collaboration includes a conference and workshop. Details below (click on the image for a full-size flyer). Please RSVP to koreanartuk@gmail.com.

Collaboration conference flyer

Junghyun Choi’s ‘Cool Beat of Korea’

Date: Monday 3 June 2013, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Venue: Lucas Lecture Theatre [formerly G2], SOAS Main Building.
Tickets: Free admission. Guests are admitted from 7 pm to be seated for 7.30pm

Dulsori in action at the British Museum in 2007. Photo by Samuel Cho

This is an attractive and dynamic drumming concert offered by SOAS Korean Drumming Society this cool summer.

Our society performs samulnori, a contemporary genre of percussion music that developed from the music of traditional Korean percussion bands and which now forms a significant aspect of the musicscape of today’s Korea. Performers use the four core percussion instruments: two gongs – the small kkwaenggwari and the large ching, and two drums – the hourglass-shaped changgo and the barrel-shaped buk. Based at SOAS for more than ten years, we run a weekly practice session, organize regular instrumental workshops, and have performed at various cultural events.

For this concert, our society will play various styles ranging from taegum sanjo, (accompanied by changgo), to a samulnori-fusion improvisation for piano and changgo, to sŏnban (a form of changgo-playing from a standing position), to standards of the samulnori repertoire. These will be presented by Korean music specialist and the founder of our group, Prof. Keith Howard (drum accompaniment, changgo), and our instructor and the founder of international Korean traditional percussion group ‘Dulsori’, Jeung Hyun Choi (kkwaenggwari, changgo). Also performing are: Hyelim Kim (taegum), Dr. Shzr Ee Tan (piano, changgo, buk), Suji Kim (sŏnban, changgo), Ruard Absaroka (changgo, buk), Seyoung Jeong (changgo), Hyunseok Kwon (changgo), Inyoung Pak (changgo), and Kazumi Taguchi (changgo, ching).

Welcome to Cool Beat of Korea!