“whirling dancing, some stonking drumming and a capella singing” - The Telegraph
“a shamanistic and utterly visceral performance full of pounding drums, crashing gongs and wild horns” - npr
“Their pounding music was entrancing… spinning dance moves…seamlessly combined old with new, in a performance that encompassed solemn acapella chanting and energetic dancing.” - London Folk Magazine and News
Noreum Machi, referring to a performer who is so skilled that no one would dare to follow on stage, specializes in the virtuosic Korean percussion music known as Samul-nori. Coming from Korea, Noreum Machi’s colorful program includes spectacular percussion dialogues, haunting shamanic chants, and entrancing acrobatic dances.
The group specializes in the virtuosic percussion music known as Samul-nori. Samul-nori is a modernized-staged adaptation of the ancient Pungmul-nori, famers’ ritual that had its origin in shamanism and animism. Samul-nori (Samul means “four objects” and Nori means “play”) is performed primarily with four traditional instruments; Jang-gu, Buk, Jing, and Kkwaenggwari. Other instruments used are the Taepyongso and Piri. Each of the four main instruments represents different elements of nature: the Jang-gu represents Rain; the Buk, Clouds; the Jing, Wind; and the Kkwaenggwari, Thunder Storm. Yin and Yang is also reflected: the Buk and the Jang-gu represent the sound of the earth, while the Jing and the Kkwaenggwari represent the sound of the heaven.
SAT MAR 2 | 8PM | $18, $ 15 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)