Keith Howard kh at soas.ac.uk
Thu May 25 05:50:06 EDT 2006

>SOAS Korean SamulNori Percussion Summer School
>SOAS World Music Summer School at the School of Oriental and African 
>Studies (SOAS) is proud to present its first ever Korean SamulNori 
>Percussion Summer School. It will take place at SOAS on July 17-21, 
>6-9pm (NB: we may reschedule to one day later, to July 18-22; please 
>check our website) . The course will be run by the dynamic Dulsori 
>percussion troupe. Dulsori (literally "wild beat") troupe was formed 
>in 1984 in order to preserve and promote Korean traditional art 
>forms in a contemporary context. This energetic and passionate 
>troupe has staged hundreds of international performances and 
>recently toured in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Africa 
>and across Europe.
>Bring your family and friends and join our Circle Dance with music 
>from Dulsori and summer school participants in Russell Square, 
>London WC1H on Friday 21 July, 7.30pm.
>To book a place on the Korean SamulNori Percussion Summer School; 
>tel 020 7898 4515 or visit our website at 
>and follow the instructions on how to book.
>SamulNori is the contemporary form of traditional rural percussion 
>bands (nongak, p'ungmul) stretching back into antiquity. Today, 
>SamulNori is the most popular style in the Korean traditional music 
>scene, 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 professional 
>SamulNori bands and hundreds of amateur bands. The rhythmic 
>structure is based on model cycles, changdan, elaborated through 
>variants known as karak. The repertory splits into two parts: one 
>performed seated and the other danced. There are four core 
>instruments: 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 Daoism 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, lightening and thunder, wind and 
>rain, and the four seasons.
>Usha Ginda
>Events Coordinator, Department of Music, SOAS
>Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
>Tel: 020 7898 4515, Fax: 020 7898 4519
>email: <mailto:sg at soas.ac.uk>ug2 at soas.ac.uk
>web: <http://www.soas.ac.uk/summermusic>www.soas.ac.uk/summermusic

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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