Hyelim Kim and Alice Zawadzki get K-Music kicking


This year's edition of the London Festival of Korean Music – more snappily titled K-Music – features a wide range of sounds with contemporary twists on traditional Korean folk music across nine dates around the capital from 15 September to 25 October. Jazz-leaning gigs include vocalist Heemoon Lee and Berklee-trained jazz group Prelude, who join forces when they appear at the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall (24 Sept), performing the theatre work Korean Men that combines comedy, folk music and jazz.

There's also an appearance by renowned blind harmonica player Jeduk Jeon whose virtuosic playing is as expressively versatile as that of Toots Thielemans, as he lines up with Juwon Park for a set of gypsy and flamenco-tinged jazz at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho (27 Sept). Completing this triumvirate of jazz nights will be a collaboration between impressive bamboo flautist Hyelim Kim and London-based acclaimed singer/violinist Alice Zawadzki (picture above) as the pair explore fresh interpretations of traditional Korean themes in a group also featuring young star guitarist Rob Luft and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado at The Vortex, Dalston (2 Oct).

– Mike Flynn

For the full K-Music programme visit www.serious.org.uk/events/series/k-music