Friday, February 17, 2012

Indie pop, jazz, new-age to hit Seoul City

The coming weeks are filled with chances to see musicians from overseas. Spanning from alternative rock to new age piano music, the line up of concerts will delight many local fans.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (TPOBPAH), rising stars in the indie pop scene will be heating things up at V-Hall in Hongdae, Seoul on Feb. 21. With Kip Berman on lead vocals and guitar, the four-piece band from New York will offer a melodic indie sound representative of the genre.

Their self-titled debut album from 2009 received wide acclaim from various media such as the New York Times, Pitchfork and NME.

For those who like British bands such as The Stone Roses, The Cure, and The Smiths, TPOBPAH will offer the unadulterated sound.

On their first visit to Korea, they will be performing tracks from their newest album “Belong” which will be released in Korea this month.

Tickets are available for 69,000 won online ( or 75,000 won at the door.

A hundred special packages that include a ticket for the show as well as a c.d. copy of “Belong” are also available online at

Laura Fygi, a Dutch jazz vocalist with an unforgettable voice, will return to Korea to perform at the Gangdong Arts Center on Feb 29.

Fygi will be performing her hit renditions of “Dream a Little Dream,” and “Let There Be Love” as well as songs from her most recent album “The Best Is Yet To Come.”

Also invited to be part of the concert are 17 members from local group Jazz Park Big Band. Tickets are available from 20,000 won.

For more information call (02) 440-0500 or visit www.gangdong

For those looking for a classical experience, new age pianist Yuichi Watanabe from Japan is coming to Seoul Arts Center on Feb. 29.

He will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his debut at the IBK Chamber Hall. Watanabe started playing at age of four and trained in orchestration and composition at Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music under renowned composer, conductor and pianist Pierre Porte.

He released his first album “Piano by Sea” in 2001 which made the Oricon Chart in Japan. Ever since then, his tracks, which incorporate his classical training with a delicate sensibility, have been expanding his fan base on soundtracks for TV dramas and movies. Tracks from his last album “Piano Hommage” were used as the theme music for Japanese TV drama “Life.”

He also participated in making “The Name of Korea,” an album by the Korean government in which Watanabe recorded a rendition of the traditional Korean folk song “Arirang.” Korean female soloist Lee An will join him onstage to lend her talented vocals. Tickets are available for 60,000 won or 80,000 won. For more information call (02) 702-7445

Another new age pianist Brian Crain will be performing at Gangdong Arts Center on March 28. He was introduced to Korean fans through his album “Moonlight” in 2000. Many local fans are familiar with works like “Butterfly Waltz,” “Northern Lights,” and “A Walk in the Forest” that have been on soundtracks for various TV dramas and advertisements.

Crain will be performing those as well as songs from his latest album “Piano and Light.” Joining him will be cellist and bassist David James Hunter with video art on nature shown as a backdrop.

Tickets are available from 20,000 won. For more information call (02) 440-0500 or visit www.gangdong

Source: The Korea Times

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