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All Eyes On Korea At The Southbank Centre
Sophie Thomsett , July 18th, 2012 07:35

As part of the 100-day All Eyes On Korea festival, Korean music is coming to London’s Southbank Centre.

This summer sees the 100 day All Eyes On Korea festival take place in London with events centred around K-Arts, K-Literature, K-Fashion, K-Music and K-Culture running from June until September. Next week it’s the turn of K-Music, to showcase the best of Korea’s creative content with a set of four concerts. Details for each of them are below:

Be-Being - Yi-myun-gong-jak

Monday July 23rd, 19.30
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Tickets £10

Inspired by Korea's history of mask plays, Be-Being's Yi-myun-gong-jak combines original compositions and reinterpretations of traditional mask plays. The title of the concert refers to the action behind the scenes: wire-pulling in the background, revealing the symbolic power of the mask and masquerade.


Saturday July 28th, 19.45
Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre
Tickets £10

GongMyoung (meaning 'resonance') perform traditional Korean Music on up to 30 instruments in a single concert, including instruments which they have created themselves. Genre boundaries are non-existent for this quartet, who branch out into plays, musicals, dance as well as cinema.


Sunday July 29th, 19.45
Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre
Tickets £10

Baramgot return to Southbank Centre having last performed there in 2010. Their fresh approach to the mystical and dynamic sounds of Korea are based on three traditional genres: Sanjo (the ultimate solo genre), Sinawi (improvised ensemble music) and Goot (shaman ritual music for festivals and healing).

Pansori Project 'Za'

Sa cheonga

Monday July 30th, 19.30
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Tickets £10

Pansori, with its themed stories, is a form of Korean musical theatre. Inspired by Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Sezchuan, Sacheonga is a modernised Pansori performance by Jaram Lee, who is a Guinness World Record holder for completing an 8-hour Pansori performance.

More information and tickets for All Eyes On Korea are available here.