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Have A Jazz Christmas and A Happier New Year Too


This year, try celebrating the holiday season with some Jazz – the Ronn Branton Group is performing at Seoul Arts Center, on the 21st (IBK Chamber Hall) and Christmas Eve at JangCheon Hall (Apkujeongdong).  This year, he has a great lineup of musicians from the U.S. and Germany, performing original arrangements of Christmas songs and seasonal favorites.  For tickets, in English, just call 010-3817-7214.

A Water Concert For the Hot, Dry Season


There is one up and coming Jazz concert that should be a good way to cool off from the heat with some very cool sounds.  Ronn Branton is celebrating his new recording entitled  WATER, with a concert at the Sejong Chamber Music Hall this coming August 23, at 8pm.  This CD marks a wholly new and original collection of music based upon water themes, most of which are set here in Korea.

His band also includes some of the best Jazz musicians in Korea. If interested, you can try, yes24 or just call 02-888-0650.

Jazz Christmas Is Coming


Christmas is coming and so are several concerts by the Ronn Branton Group, whose Jazz arrangements of Christmas favorites helps brighten up the year end season.  Branton is performing on December 22, 4pm at the Sejong Arts Center downtown and on the 24th at the Chang Cheon Art Hall in Apkujeongdong (close to the subway) at 8pm.

Tickets can also be bought, in English at 02-888-0650 or writing whomre(at)

Summer Nights Jazz Concerts with the Ronn Branton Group


The Ronn Branton Group is going to have a “Summer Nights Jazz” concert in August, (20, 24) at Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall and the Sejong Performing Arts Center.  These concerts will feature Branton’s music as well as Jazz standards.  Per his comments about his music:

I am using a group that fits the music I am writing nowadays, that is more polyphonic; music with lines that overlap and flow more like the water themes I describe. Like piano, the guitar can play both harmony and polyphonic lines with ease. Wide leaps are easier and add melodic and rhythmic details that are difficult on other instruments. Using the piano, horn and guitar together allows me to create effects by repeating lines and motifs that blur and sharpen as they become unison. Melodies take on a different presence when they are multiplied two octaves apart. Part of my influences have been the orchestration of Claude Debussy, whose remarkable ability to combine instruments in ways so that there is both clarity in melodic lines, yet an unique group sound, is remarkable. Another influence has been Stan Kenton, who used a kind of “mumbling” polyphony where the same motif would be repeated with each different instrument, entering at a different points, so as to create this special effect that is like describing the difference between and individual particle (instrument) and the wave characteristics that emerge from a group of particles – a kind of Plank Action for the ears . . .
I wanted a different approach to pulse and rhythmic drive in this body of music too. Because of this, I use two percussionists so as to create more of the flowing change in meter and pulse that I want to have in these scores. The effect is sometimes very surprising since the percussionists sometimes clash aggressively against each other.

Tickets are at ticketlink or reservations can be made in English at 02-888-0650.

A Jazzy Christmas Eve

Jazz Christmas with Ronn BrantonChristmas time is here again and this year and, if you want to have some fun and listen to some Jazz this Christmas Eve, the Ronn Branton Group is performing their annual concert in Apkujong Dong, at Chang Jeon Art Center (close to the Apkujong Dong subway) at 4 and 8 pm.

Jazz Christmas is the Ronn Branton Group with:
론 브랜튼 Ronn Branton (피아노 Piano)
리차드 로 Richard Rho (색소폰 Saxophone )
김정균 Chungkyun Kim (퍼커션 Percussion )
오종대 Jongdae Oh (드럼 Drums )
김인영 Inyoung Kim (베이스 Bass)
알렉스 도연 Alex Doyaun(게스트 보컬 Guest Vocal)

I am told that tickets for the show on Christmas are sold out but there are still tickets for Christmas Eve.  To reserve tickets in English, you can call 010-3817-7214.

Alexander Melnikov at Seoul Arts Center

Alexander Melnikov is coming to Seoul on November 11, 8pm, at Seoul Arts Center and, in addition to Schubert and late Brahms, will be performing the Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovitch (Op. 87), which he recently recorded on Harmonia Mundi.  His recording of the Shostakovitch is the ultimate recording of a wonderful piece of music that is not performed that often.  Tickets can be bought now at and  For English speakers, call 010-3817-7214.  As in the past, I would especially recommend this recital to those that love music and the piano; the guy is one of the best pianists of our time.

Here is one of the preludes of Shostakovitch (D Major) and the fugue.  I love how Melnikov makes the prelude sound as if he were improvising instead of reading a score!  Here is also a youtube blurb on his recording of this music.

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