[KS] SamulNori Workshop in London

Keith Howard kh at soas.ac.uk
Wed Jun 1 10:11:52 EDT 2005



June 27-July 1

SamulNori is the contemporary form of traditional 
rural percussion bands (nongak, p'ungmul) 
stretching back into antiquity. Today, SamulNori 
is the most popular of Korea's traditional music, 
equally at home in the countryside or on urban 
stages, part of the student-led revival of 
interest in heritage but featuring complex 
rhythmic pieces. Today there are several dozen 
professional SamulNori bands and many hundreds of 
amateur bands active in Korea. The rhythmic 
structure is based on model cycles, changdan, 
elaborated through variants known as karak. The 
repertory splits into pieces performed seated and 
pieces danced. Four instruments are core: the 
double-headed hourglass drum (changgo), small 
hand-held gong (kkwaenggwari), barrel drum (puk) 
and large hand-held gong (ching). Performing 
SamulNori involves imbibing an aesthetic frame 
tied to Taoism and shamanism, in which the body 
and body movement become one with the 
instruments. The quartet of instruments, and the 
music itself, is said to create balance in the 
cosmos, combining yin and yang, thunder and 
lightning, wind and rain, and the four seasons.

Introductory lectures on Korean music will also 
be offered by British and European specialists. 
Two classes will be offered, one designed for 
non-Korean speakers and one using Korean. Each 
class is restricted to 20 participants and will 
comprise a mix of sessions, some mixing all four 
instruments and some concentrating on single 

Course Leaders: Musicians from the National 
Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, 

The workshop is sponsored by Korea Foundation and 
jointly promoted by SOAS and Nori Productions.

This summer school is part of 'a World of Music Summer School'

Booking Form





Korean participants
Date: June 27, 29, July 1
Time: 9.30-12.30pm
Fee:		£45   0
Fee (conc)	£30   0

non Korean participants
Date: June 27-July 1
Time: Mon - Fri 6-9pm
Fee:		£50   0
Fee (conc)	£35   0

Instruments: All instruments will be provided.

Cheques should be made payable to 'SOAS'. Please 
enclose both form and payment and return to: SOAS 
World Music Summer School, Department of Music, 
School of Oriental and African Studies, 
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

To register online visit: www.soas.ac.uk/summermusic

If you have any enquires or would like to discuss 
any aspect of the summer schools, please 
telephone 020 7898 4515 or email: 
worldmusic at soas.ac.uk

Dr Keith Howard
Reader in Music, SOAS,
Director, AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Tel: 020 7898 4687; Mobile: 07815 812144; Fax: 020 7898 4519
Website: http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/users/kh/
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