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At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music

Read "At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music" reviewed by Arthur R George

That jazz appeals to younger audiences, is fun, and not so serious, is more than a mere notion, materializing in, of all places, South Korea. The Jarasum Jazz Festival created there by promoter In Jae Jin has become one of the largest in Asia by hosting a multi-day event which features camping, western and Korean performers, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Black String: Mask Dance

Read "Mask Dance" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The geomungo--the Korean six-stringed fretted zither--is one of the oldest string instruments in the world, the combination of paulownia and chestnut wood body and twisted silk strings dating to the fourth century. The geomungo is at the heart of Black String, an exciting quartet led by Yoon Jeong Heo, in whose hands this most traditional of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Young-Ae Jung: Because I Love You

Read "Because I Love You" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

South Korean singer/composer Young-Ae Jung made her recording debut with her 2013 The Man I Love (Self Produced). On that recording, the singer revealed herself as a more-than-capable composer, whose motifs and archetypes are of the same mature variety. The singer proved the universality of jazz by her incorporation of both English and Korean lyrics in ...

Francesca Han: Dream Episodes, Blue Suns, Icarus

Read "Francesca Han: Dream Episodes, Blue Suns, Icarus" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A new Francesca Han recording is something to get excited about. The pianist's spirited trio/quartet outing Illusion (Audioguy Records, 2012) and the bewitching solo effort Ascetic (Audioguy Records, 2012)--one of the finest solo piano jazz albums of recent years--were outstanding examples of her skills as a composer, bandleader and improviser. Now, in a relatively short space ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sunny Kim and Ben Monder: The Shining Sea: Live at Olympus Hall

Read "The Shining Sea: Live at Olympus Hall" reviewed by Dave Wayne

People who know me know that I am not particularly interested in jazz vocals or straight-up renditions of jazz standards. One of my hobbies is playing the drums, and I am also not really motivated to listen to music without drums or some sort of percussion. So, I put off reviewing The Shining Sea: Live at ...

Club Jazzda: Seoul's Hidden Gem

Read "Club Jazzda: Seoul's Hidden Gem" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

One of the hidden gems of the Seoul music scene in South Korea is the Club Jazzda. Located in the youthful Mapo neighborhood, the intimate basement venue has live music every night of the week showcasing young, up-and-coming local talent. Trumpeter Ye Jung Kim owns this intimate listening room, and sometimes joins the musicians ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Into The Light: Music of Korea V

Read "Into The Light: Music of Korea V" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Korean Arts Management Service (KAMS) has put a great deal of energy and resources into promoting the Korean performance arts abroad in the past nine years. Music is one of its biggest exports, with traditional and contemporary Korean music increasingly finding its way into the World Music, jazz and numerous arts festivals of the world. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yoosun Nam: Light Of the City

Read "Light Of the City" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Seoul native and New York based saxophonist Yoosun Nam's debut Light Of the City, true to its name, is a luminous album that showcases Nam's strong sense of lyricism and her exquisite agility on the her instrument. An incandescent feel imbues all eight Nam penned originals and although none of the tunes are particularly memorable there ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jarasum International Jazz Festival, 3-5 October, Bigger And Better Than Ever!

Jarasum International Jazz Festival, 3-5 October,  Bigger And Better Than Ever!

The Jarasum International Jazz Festival returns for its eleventh edition between 3 - 5 October. Last year’s 10th anniversary bash attracted over 230,000 Korean jazz fans and an even greater number is expected this year. As ever, a veritable feast of international jazz will be served up on the festival’s numerous stages. Korean jazz in all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jangeun Bae: JB

Read "JB" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Since her debut, The End and Everything After (Kang Music, 2006), Korean pianist Jangeun Bae has largely followed her personal muse, writing original compositions and reworking Korean folk tunes, with the occasional jazz standard thrown in for good measure. She's also refashioned Mozart on Mozart and Jazz (Universal Music, 2007) and recorded with saxophonist Greg Osby. ...


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