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Gypsy jazz band La Vie est Belle to perform in March

By Korea Herald

Published : March 12, 2014 - 20:22

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Up-and-coming gypsy jazz band La Vie est Belle is scheduled to perform live at Olympus Hall in Samseong-dong, Seoul on March 21.

Titled “Gypsy World,” the concert will feature a variety of songs ranging from upbeat, groovy compositions to gypsy-influenced tunes from the band’s recently released album “Gypsy Mood.”
Gypsy jazz band La Vie est Belle. (Olympus Korea) Gypsy jazz band La Vie est Belle. (Olympus Korea)

The gypsy band La Vie est Belle ― a French phrase for “life is beautiful” ― was formed under the influence of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli by five acclaimed musicians from the local jazz scene: leader and flautist Kim Eun-mi, Jarasum International Jazz Festival grand prize winner and guitarist Cho Young-duk, guitarist Joon Smith (Chung Jun-young), bassist Lee Dong-min and violinist Song Jung-min.

The upcoming concert is the fifth and last installment of Club Evans’ most recent jazz relay concert series, which has been featuring a different jazz act every month starting in October 2013.

The Club Evans relay concert series was jointly launched by Club Evans and Olympus Korea in 2010 to showcase the latest trends in the local jazz scene.

“The upcoming performance will deliver the exotic styles of gypsy-influenced music and make spectators’ hearts leap at the coming of spring,” said Olympus Korea in a statement.

“We will continue supporting young local artists and contribute to the development of performance culture in Korea across diverse genres of music ― classical, jazz, cross-over and traditional.”

By Sohn Ji-young (