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Korean Traditional Folk Dance with American Soldiers...

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  • 7 years ago
We visited Songtan (송탄) and noticed Korean traditional folk dance and music taking place in the middle of a pedestrian walkway. What was interesting was that they invited some American soldiers to take part in the festivities. This form of Korean traditional performance (folk song and dance) is called Pungmul (풍물).

우리는 송탄을 (송탄) 방문과 한국 전통 민속 춤과 보행자 산책로의 중간에서 일어나는 음악을 발견했습니다. 재미있는들이 축제에 참여하기 위해 몇 가지 미국의 군인을 초대 한 무엇이었다. 한국 전통 공연 (민속 노래와 춤)이 형태의 풍물 (풍물)이라고합니다.

Pungmul ([ˈpʰuːŋmul] poong-muul) is a Korean folk music tradition that includes drumming, dancing, and singing. Most performances are outside, with tens of players, all in constant motion. Pungmul is rooted in the dure (collective labor) farming culture. It was originally played as part of farm work, on rural holidays, at other village community-building events, and in shamanistic rituals. Today it has expanded in meaning and is also used in political protest and as a performing art form.
Older scholars often describe this tradition as nongak ([ˈnoŋak] nong-ahk), a term meaning "farmers' music" whose usage arose during the colonial era (1910--45). The Cultural Heritage Administration of South Korea uses this term in designating the folk tradition as an Important Intangible Cultural Property. Opposition from performers and scholars toward its usage grew in the 1980s because colonial authorities attempted to limit the activity to farmers in order to suppress its use and meaning among the colonized. It is also known by many synonymous names throughout the peninsula.
Drumming is the central element of pungmul. Each group is led by a kkwaenggwari (small handheld gong) player, and includes at least one person playing janggu (hourglass drum), buk (barrel drum), and jing (gong). Wind instruments (t'aepyongso, also known as hojeok, senap, or nalari, and nabal) sometimes play along with the drummers.
Following the drummers are dancers, who often play the sogo (a tiny drum that makes almost no sound) and tend to have more elaborate—even acrobatic—choreography. Finally, japsaek (actors) dressed as caricatures of traditional village roles wander around to engage spectators, blurring the boundary between performers and audience. Minyo (folksongs) and chants are sometimes included in pungmul, and audience members enthusiastically sing and dance along. Most minyo are set to drum beats in one of a few jangdan (rhythmic patterns) that are common to pungmul, sanjo, p'ansori, and other traditional Korean musical genres.
Pungmul performers wear a variety of colorful costumes. A flowery version of the Buddhist kkokkal is the most common head-dress. Advanced performers sometimes wear sangmo, which are hats with long ribbon attached to them that players can spin and flip in intricate patterns by moving their heads: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pungmul

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