Black String

LONDON Southbank Centre / Purcell Room
Belvedere Road


ACT artists Black String burst on to the London scene eight years ago at the Jazz Festival and now the masters of traditional Korean music and jazz are back to make their mark on EFG London Jazz Festival 2019.

Their storming international debut Mask Dance (ACT) earned them a 2018 Songlines Music Award, their ceremony performance being a true representation of ‘borderless contemporary Korean music’.

They present their band as ‘the unfathomable and endless possibilities of both the East and the West’ and have performed with prominent Korean musicians as well as many major UK artists, such as Kathryn Tickell, Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock.

  • ‘ An engaging exploration of what can be achieved by bringing ancient and modern into creative fusion ’
  • ‘ Black String play a riveting, hauntingly epic, sold-out show ’
    (New York Music Daily)

Their second ACT album Karma has just been released to critical acclaim, and they bring the new sounds to EFG London Jazz Festival

'There are tricky time signatures, a nod of thanks to Ornette Coleman’s Lonely Woman for a guitar solo, and constant tonal shifts from the geomungo itself. Elegant and accomplished'

(★★★★ Guardian)

The band brings together East and West, with Yoon Jeong Heo on geomungo, (zither-like stringed instrument with bridges and frets), Aram Lee on daegeum (large bamboo transverse flute) and yanggeum (hammered dulcimer-like metal stringed instrument), Jean Oh on guitar and electronics and Min Wang Hwang on vocals and percussion to offer a fresh, new sound to audiences by presenting ancient tradition within a modern setting

Produced in association with EFG London Jazz Festival