- THURSTON MOORE—LIVE IN SEOUL
Interpark Art Center Art Hall Nov 7, 8pm 66,000 won
(02) 3143-5158 www.s2enter.com Hapjeong Station, Lines 2 or 6,
Exits 9 or 10. The hall is located in Mecenatpolis.
- Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore might be best known as, well, the frontman of Sonic Youth, but he’s also released four solo albums since 1995. Moore and Sonic Youth were greatly influenced by the New York punk scene, and while their music features more than its fair share of odd tunings, Moore’s musical world embodies much, much more. Moore was a huge Velvet Underground fan, and his solo stuff shows it. His latest album, “Demolished Thoughts” (2011), is largely acoustic and folky, even featuring harps and violins.
- NORAH JONES—LIVE IN SEOUL
Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Jamsil Sports Complex Nov 17, 7pm VIP: 165,000 won, R: 132,000 won, S: 110,000 won,
A: 99,000 won (02) 3141-3488 Sports Complex Station, Line 2, Exit 6 or 7.
- Vocalist and songwriter Norah Jones performs
in Korea for the first time in seven years. Daughter of renowned Indian sitar maestro
Ravi Shankar and concert producer Sue Jones, Jones debuted in 2002 in the best way possible
—her “Come Away with Me” album earned
five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Her melancholy vocals and cross-over appeal has made her one of the most beloved performers of the 21st century. She even landed a starring role in director Wong Kar-wai’s “My Blueberry Nights” (not to mention a cameo appearance in “Ted”). On the program for
her Seoul performance are favorites like “Don’t Know Why,” “Thinking About You” and
“New York City,” as well as material from her new album like “Good Morning,” “Happy Pills” s
and “Say Goodbye.”
- STING: BACK TO BASS TOUR—LIVE IN SEOUL
Gymnasium No. 1, Olympic Park Dec 5, 8pm
FR: 198,000 won, R: 165,000 won, S: 132,000 won,
A: 99,000 won, B: 77,000 won (02) 332-3277
Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.
- The “Back to Bass” tour—which garnered rave reviews in Europe and North America—continues on, with Sting performing many of his greatest hits, stripped down, with a 5-piece band. It has been 25 years since Sting launched his solo career—tack on another 8 years with the Police—but he’s lost none of his mojo. In Asia, Sting will be joined by his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist David Sancious, fiddler Peter Tickell and vocalist Jo Lawry.
- MAXWELL—WORLD WINTER WARM UP
Olympic Hall, Olympic Park Dec 8, 7pm
FR: 198,000 won, R: 165,000 won, S: 132,000 won, A: 99,000 won, B: 77,000 won
(02) 3143-5156 www.s2enter.com Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.
- Maxwell, the chart-topping, arena-filling soul superstar celebrated for his show-stopping performances, has been working on “BlackSUMMERS’night,” the second of his planned trilogy, and his “World Winter Warm Up” tour will preview some songs from the upcoming album while also featuring material from his four platinum records. Maxwell might have debuted in 1996, but this is his first tour to Asia.
- REGULAR PERFORMANCES OF TAEKGYEON
Naminsa Open Theater & Insa-dong Culture Plaza Every Fri—Sat (thru Dec 3), 2pm—3pm
Free Naminsa Open Theater: [ D3] Insa-dong Culture Plaza: [ C4]
- Seoul City hosts regular performances of the uniquely Korean martial art Taekgyeon in Insa-dong every Friday and Saturday. An incredibly graceful
sport that resembles dancing more than a martial art, Taekgyeon was a means of military training during the Joseon Dynasty and, at one time, a popular spectator sport. It has experienced a major resurgence since 1945, and was recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011.
- Marinsky Ballet & Orchestra—Swan Lake
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Nov 11, 6pm / Nov 12—13, 7:30pm
VIP: 270,000 won, R: 220,000 won, S: 170,000 won, A 120,000 won,
B: 50,000 won 1577-5266 www.clubbalcony.com [ B3]
- Join Mariinsky Ballet Company, accompanied by
the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, for a performance
of Tchaikovsky’s classic “Swan Lake.” Playing the lead
male role of Prince Siegfried is the 19-year-old Korean dancer Kim Ki-min, one of only three non-Russians
on the roster of the Mariinsky Ballet Company—
one of the world’s leading ballet companies, with
roots dating back to the Tsarist period.
- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Blue SquareDec 7—Jan 13, 2013VIP: 160,000 won, R: 130,000 won,
S: 90,000 won, A: 70,000 won, B: 50,000 won1577-3363
Hangangjin Station, Line 6. Take the passage between Exit 2 & 3. [ F2]
- ”The Phantom of the Opera,” which premiered in London’s West
End in ’86 and New York’s Broadway in ’88, embodies the history
of musical theater. With over 5.6 million dollars in ticket sales,”The Phantom of the Opera” has been performed over 65,000 times and seen by 130 million people in 145 cities in 27 countries, making it the world’s most spectacular musical. Officially listed in the Guinness Book of World Records on September 5th, 2012, as the longest-running show on Broadway, ”The Phantom of the Opera” has carved its own niche in musical history and verified its status as the most unsurpassed musical in the world.
- OWL CITY—THE MIDSUMMER STATION WORLD TOUR
V-HallNov 10, 7pm88,000 won(02) 332-3277[ D3]
- American singer-songwriter Adam Young, better known by his musical project name, Owl City, brings his multi-instrumental talents to Seoul. Young began Owl City
in his parents’ basement in Minnesota
and developed a following on Myspace before signing with Universal Republic in 2008. “The Midsummer Station” is Owl City’s fourth studio album, and even features a collaboration with Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.
- MARISS JANSONS AND THE BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center Nov 20—21, 8pm
R: 350,000 won, S: 250,000 won, A: 180,000 won, B: 120,000 won, C: 70,000 won
(02) 599-5743 www.sac.or.kr Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, Exit 5.
Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
- Latvian maestro Mariss Jansons and the renowned Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra come to Korea for an evening of Beethoven. One of the three greatest orchestras in Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (founded in 1949) is one of the most popular—and most recorded—ensembles in the world. Jansons—the latest in a line of great conductors that have led the ensemble—has conducted the orchestra since 2003.
- ROAD TO ULTRA KOREA
Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Jamsil Sports Complex Dec 8, 6pm 110,000 won (02) 3471-8957 www.umfkorea.com
Sports Complex Station, Line 2, Exit 6 or 7.
- This past summer, the crowd went wild at the world’s most popular electronic dance music festival, ULTRA Korea. More than 80,000 people came out to symbolic Olympic Stadium in Seoul to enjoy
the first ever ULTRA festival, and it was incredible. After experiencing such success in Seoul, ULTRA headquarters is taking
it one step further— this winter, the biggest dance party returns! On December 8 at Jasmil Indoor Stadium, the best lineup will meet perfect production to present ROAD TO ULTRA KOREA in what promises to be an unforgettable indoor music experience.
- ELTON JOHN—LIVE IN SEOUL
Gymnasium No. 1, Olympic Park Nov 27, 8pm VIP: 250,000 won, SR: 198,000 won, R: 176,000 won, S: 132,000 won, A: 110,000 won, B: 77,000 won
(02) 3141-3488 Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.
- How big is Elton John in Korea? His first concert here in 2004 drew 25,000 fans despite bad weather and ticket prices of 300,000 won.
His upcoming show is part of his “40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man Tour,” to mark, oddly enough, the 40th anniversary of the release of his hit song “Rocket Man.” This is the most awaited concert of the season, so get your tickets now if you want a chance at getting in.
- THE 38TH SEOUL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF)
CGV Apgujeong Nov 29—Dec 7 General Screening: 6,000 won (02) 362-9513 www.siff.or.kr [ B1]
- Presented by the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video, Seoul Independent Film Festival (SIFF) is undoubtedly one of the most exemplary independent film events in Korea. It began in 1975 as the Korean Youth
Film Festival, and its journey in becoming
what is now the Korean Independent Short
Film Festival has left a memorable footprint
in the history of Korean independent cinema.
Held every December, SIFF is a competition
film festival and covers all sorts of forms and
film genres. It also provides an opportunity for independent filmmakers to meet and develop solidarity and a mutual understanding. This year’s opening film is “Myselves” by director
- GODSKITCHEN WITH KNIFE PARTY
Walkerhill Theatre Dec 15, 11pm 77,000 won 010-3360-7846 www.knifeparty.com
Take shuttle bus at Gwangnaru Station, Line 5, Exit 4 (in the direction of Gangbyeon Staiton.)
- Knife Party is a brand-new production and performance experiment by two of the founding members of Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. They are influenced by electro house, dubstep, moombahton, drumstep and much more—however, they file it all under the singular banner of “seizure music.” Their performances win over crowds within minutes. Since their first show in Ibiza, Knife Party has headlined several events, and they have a number of high profile remixes to date.