Press Release: Uhuhboo Project and Kiha & The Faces + Yi Sung Yol to perform in London in June

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Gangnam Style? It’s so last season. This summer, Serious presents the latest sounds from innovative Korean rock bands the UK audience has yet to see. Along with two exciting concerts at the Scala, near King’s Cross, audiences will also get a chance to indulge in fusion Korean cuisine from two of the hottest street vendors in London during the shows. The concerts will be a chance to discover the edgier side of Korean culture through music and food.

Uhuhboo Project + Pere Ubu, Scala London – Sunday 16 June. Info & Booking.
Pere Ubu onstage at 7.45, followed by Uhuhboo Project at 9pm.

Avant-garde rock band Uhuhboo Project will pair up with David Thomas and his legendary band Pere Ubu for this night of experimental sounds and electric chemistry. Uhuhboo Project, formed in 1994 by Hyunjhin Baik and Young-gyu Jang, is one of Korea’s influential, first generation of indie bands, with distinguished fans, including the choreographer Pina Bausch and director Park Chan-wook. In fact, the band has made scores for two Park Chan-wook films – Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Night Fishing (2011), in which the members featured in a scene in the latter film that later won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Besides the Uhuhboo Project, the two main members, Young-gyu Jang and Hyunjhin Baik, have prolific solo careers of their own, in art, music and literature. Last year, Jang’s project music group, Be-Being, fusing traditional Korean music and art with contemporary elements, performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre in London. Baik’s artwork has been featured in galleries in Asia and Europe, including the Union Gallery in London.

The night will be accompanied by delectable kimchi tacos and fried kimchi rice balls prepared by Kimchinary, a London food truck set up by self-confessed “pork fat addict with a fermentation fascination” – Sweden-born Hanna Soderlund. Besides the main Kimchinary food truck, which can often be seen at the South Bank, Soderlund also holds monthly supper clubs serving up Korean food with a modern twist. The tacos and rice balls will be sold in the Scala’s foyer bar throughout the concert.

Kiha & the Faces + Yi Sung Yol, Scala London – Thursday 20 June. Info & Booking.

On 20 June, Kiha & The Faces, hugely popular in Korea but relatively new to rock fans here, will make their UK debut, along with singer-songwriter, Yi Sung Yol, considered by many critics to have made Korea’s first truly influential modern rock album in 1994. Often compared to U2’s Bono for his resonant vocal tone and flexible range, Yi is one of Korea’s most adored singer-songwriters. Kiha & The Faces burst onto the Korean music scene in 2008 and went on to instant success with their self-produced EP “Cheap Coffee.” Their folksy, ‘70s-esque ode to disillusioned youth and the loneliness of urban life, catapulted the band to overnight stardom in Korea and won them an unprecedented three Korean Music Awards, including Best Song of the Year.


Source: Sally Reeves for Serious

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