Seoul Music City Connection is a global project to establish the Seoul Arena and to promote Seoul as the best music city in Asia.
At this event organized by the city of Seoul, we hope to discuss Seoul’s long-term vision and plans as the best music city in Asia with local communities and to lay the groundwork for establishing partnerships between domestic and international music professionals and providing opportunities for Korean artists to enter overseas music markets.
Seoul Music City Connection takes place in Platform Changdong 61 for four days, hosting an international conference for domestic and international professionals in the fields of music city, music festivals, music resources, and international cooperation, ShowcaseDAY presenting talented Korean musicians preparing for overseas music markets, and diverse networking programs.
Through Seoul Music City Connection, we design the future of global music city Seoul by seeking various ways in which Asian music festivals can collaborate and by discussing cultural policies of various music cities in Asia and cultural urban regeneration led by utilizing musical resources.
SMC International Conference
2018. 10. 08 MON 13:00 – 20:00
Platform Changdong 61 Red Box
"Seoul, Asia’s Best Music City"
|13:30 – 14:30
||Opening Address & Keynote Speech
Global Music City Seoul Plan
Professor, Korea National University of Arts
Chairman, Global Music City Seoul Plan
|14:30 – 15:30
||Round Table 01
Cultural Policy of Music Cities in Asia
Director of Events&Corporate Relations, Sarawak Tourism Board
Co-Founder & Community Director, Fungjai Co, Ltd
Discussion_SeoJeong MinGap, Popular Music Critic
|16:00 – 17:00
||Round Table 02
Collaboration between Music Festivals
President, Big Mountain Music Festival
Co-Founder, Wanderland Music & Arts Festival
Discussion_Jay youn Joo, Artistic Director, Seoul Arirang Festival
|17:00 – 18:30
||Round Table 03
Discourse on Cultural Cities Utilizing Musical Resources
Head of Programmes, Rich Mix
Head of International, Midi Festival & Midi School of Music
Discussion_Dae chul Shin, Music Director, Platform Changdong61
Seong pil Kim, Head of Performance Team, YG Entertainment
SMC Opening Celebration Day_Moonlight concert
Date. 2018.10.6. SAT 17:00-19:00
Venue. Platform Changdong 61 Redbox
- 17:00 Antonia Vai HUN
Antonia Vai is a Swedish singer-songwriter with Hungarian roots, born and raised in Stockholm. In 2013 she moved to Budapest and had a breakthrough on the Hungarian music scene. Known as the " bohemian soul diva", she has gained big attention on Hungarian TV and radio, was nominated for ”Songwriter of the year” by Artisjus, shared the stage with international acts like Selah Sue (BE) and Yasmine Hamdan (LB) and played at countless festivals and clubs around Europe.
- 17:35 Wake up Iris! IND
WAKE UP, IRIS ! ARE BIE PAKSI AND VANIA MARISCA. INFLUENCED BY THE SOUND OF THE NATURE AND NOISES THAT THEY HEARD ALL AROUND THEIR UNIVERSE, THEY WANT TO MAKE AN HONEST, DECENT AND MODEST SONGS. 2018 ZANDARI FESTA THEIR INSTRUMENTS ARE 5 STRINGS VIOLA, BASS DRUM, NYLON GUITAR AND THEIR VOCALS. WAKE UP IRIS ! WANTS TO WAKE YOU UP! AND GIVES COLORS TO THE WORLD. STARTED SINCE 2015 AND RELEASED THEIR FIRST ALBUM A U R E O L E ON JANUARY 24TH 2018. PLAYED IN SXSW 2018 AND SEVERAL NATIONAL FESTIVAL IN INDONESIA LIKE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016, 2018, SOUNDRENALINE 2017, 2018 AND MUSIK HUTAN 2017.
- 18:10 Syzzors CAN
Syzzors' special blend is a mix of electro, R&B, funk, indie rock and 80's new wave while always maintaining a contemporary pop sensibility. Lush synthesizers, groovy bass lines and powerful beats are layered with soaring androgynous vocals in an catchy energetic delivery. 2017's Unknown Within EP sees them coming back on track with their most refined effort to date. It is a polished opus fully exploring their trademark dark electro-pop signature while capturing the explosive energy of their scenic prestance.
SMC Showcase Day 1
Date. 2018.10.7. SUN 17:00-19:00
Venue. Platform Changdong 61 Redbox
- 17:00 CARDEAN KOR
Cardean plays music that is not limited to listening but that can breathe with the flowing scenes. Formed in July 2017, Caredean is participating in various performances centering on Hongdae. The members display their unique world view by developing music activities that combine , such as video and photo, based on rock sound. The recently released album [Anna Maria Pierangeli] is a solidly structured 'Story Album' featuring a feeling of reading down a single novel.
- 17:35 ADOY KOR
Adoy introduces itself as a band that runs with the emotion of youth. Its music based on synthpop evokes simple, intuitive things such as summer, sea, waves, surfing, parks, running, airborne, beer, cigarette. They characteristically combine with stories of travel, dreams, futures, mistakes, and loneliness. Adoy's first album, [CATNIP], released in 2017, was well received by domestic and international musicians and fans thanks to its well-polished sound and melody. After the release of the second album [LOVE] in June 2018, Adoy ranked first in K Indi Chart and Apple Music Electronic Album and singing section. Also, Adoy has been selected as the main character of Levi's 2018 global campaign and recorded a sold-out performance in Thailand.
- 18:10 Dabda KOR
Davda is a quartet band that has established a unique color called 'pastel psychedelic' and is actively engaged in activities. Their excellent performances present a poetry written in post-rock, which becomes a nice rhythm and breath that adds rich color to everyday life. Their expertise both in variants and expansions are evident in the venues where the vast sound and geometrical composition organically emerge.
SMC Showcase Day 2
Date. 2018.10.9. TUE 16:00- 19:30
Venue. Platform Changdong 61 Redbox
- 16:10 Second Moon with Junsoo Kim KOR
The second moon is a band that tries to familiarize various countries’ and ethnic folk music with various approaches for all the people. It combines the composing and performing powers of all members who have refined their arts for a long time as a product of musical imagination. The gugak project of The second moon "Pansori Chunhyangga" performs key parts of Pansori , which has gained popularity since 19th century, in the format of a musical theater by studying and developing methods to match the modern musical languages while preserving the traditional expression of the traditional music such as sigimsae. The second moon composes and plays Korean traditional music Pansori with accompaniment of various European folk instruments such as violin, mandolin, irish whistle, accordion, and Ilyan pipe.
- 16:45 The Tune KOR
The Tune is a four-member group consisting of traditional percussion instruments, haegeum, piano, vocals, percussion, and more. The Tune introduces experimental music by reinterpreting Korean traditional music. It excavates traditional, primitive, and old-fashioned elements and fuses them with Korean sentiments and breath. They create music that features mystic Asian aura by embracing Korean music, jazz, contemporary, and gypsy music. After winning the Jeonju World Sound Festival Sound Frontier Prize in 2014, they have performed at Seoul Music Week (SMW), Ulsan APaMM Pacific Music Market, MU:COM, and they are making a big impact in various world music markets both at home and abroad.
- 17:20 Sinoy KOR
Sinoy was formed by Kim Bo-ra, who mastered the Gyeonggi folk songs and classical songs, and by Lee Won-sul, who has a unique presence in the domestic jazz scene. In a minimalist composition, Sinoy opens a new musical horizon beyond the boundaries of each musician through the musical background of both musicians as well as their rich and deep musical interplay with spontaneous and delicate exchange. The name Sinoy is a different term for sinawi, referring to the oldest traditional shaman music. It expresses a new variation that surpasses the original characters of the traditional music and the double bass of jazz.
- 17:55 DongYang Gozupa KOR
"Dongyang Gozupa" is an experimental rock band that combines yanggeum (Korean dulcimer), bass and percussion. Although the band is small, this trio of musicians emit a formidable energy on the stage. The robust foundation of rhythm from bass and percussion converges with the oriental tonalities of yanggeum, a melodic percussion instrument, to create a dazzling, exotic sound.
- 2018 Release of 1st EP Teum (Gap)
- 2017 Performance at the Sakhalin Arirang Festival
- 2016 Participation in The Great Escape Music Festival in the United Kingdom
- 2016 Participation in the Ozasia Festival in Australia
- 2016 Babel Med Music Showcase in France
- 18:30 Gina Hwang KOR
HWANG Gina is a geomungo (traditional Korean string instrument) soloist and composer. "The Middle" series, a solo project, is a body of musical work created through deep reflections on the liminal experience of her own interiority and the world around her. The project freely dismantles boundaries of genres to create a distinctly personal musical experience. All of the works performed in the 2018 Journey to Korean
Music Showcase are original pieces composed as part of "The Middle" project.
HWANG Gina has been a member of the arts organization "Jeonggaakhoe" since 2010, and has participated in numerous performances and art markets in both Korea and abroad, including a recent performance in Bahia mercado Cultural da Bahia (Bahia state, Brazil). Hwang debuted as a soloist in 2017 with the project "The Middle; Sketch of Youth," for which she personally composed and produced all works. This performance was selected for the first art project support program sponsored by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, was awarded the highest honors in the Cheonchamanbyeol Concert," a venue for emerging and experimental approaches to traditional Korean music, and was also selected as a featured performance at Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater in March 2018. In December 2018, Hwang plans to launch performances of the second series of "The Middle" project with support from the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. Hwang's published albums include the digital single "The Middle Space" and "Geomungo Sanjo HWANG Gina - HAN Gapdeuk ryu."
- 2018 Journey to Korean Music
“Journey to Korean Music,” now in its eleventh year, is a platform that introduces the music and culture of Korea to world music experts from around the globe and provides support for traditional Korean performance organizers seeking to take their productions abroad. Through Journey to Korean Music, Korean organizations can access opportunities for promotion and take steps to advance into the international market, while overseas experts can gain an understanding of both Korean culture and music. Over 140 international world music experts have visited Korea to take part in this program over the years.
Of past participating artists and companies, approximately 67 percent have successfully entered markets in Poland, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Norway, France and Denmark. Participation in Journey to Korean Music has also led to numerous other performance opportunities at events such as the 2010 WOMEX Opening Ceremony in Denmark, and Korean focused programs at Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic and the Paris Autumn Festival. The KAMS-EFWMF Tour Grant was also created in partnership with the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals(EFWMF), which includes some 40 member festivals, to support Korean performance organizations seeking to conduct tours in Europe.
This year, Journey to Korean Music features eleven selected programs. Journey to Korean Music offers a rich experience of Korean music in all of its diversity, from traditional Korean arts in their original forms to Korean music reshaped for the future using modern language.