Multiple award-winning percussionist, composer and ambassador of Honam Province Jeongeup folk music, Kim So Ra is one of the most skilled and prominent Janggu (double-headed drum) players in Korea. The virtuosic Kim and her accompanying trio are known for genre-bending live performances that combine rhythmic and delicate traditional pieces with experimental modern interpretations.
WORKSHOP: Kim So Ra and her ensemble members will present the workshop using their percussion instruments (Janggu and buk), and taepyeongso (double reed wind intrument). Bring your own percussion instrument, or using your hands, the audience will learn Korean traditional rhythm, called jangdan, as well as some folk dance movements that Korean musicians use to play their folk music genre called Pungmul. Pungmul is a Korean folk genre comprising music, acrobatics, folk dance, and rituals, which was traditionally performed in rice farming villages in order to ensure and to celebrate good harvests. It’s fundamentally a bold cultural act of gathering together a community's hope and wishes, of overcoming sorrow, and of nurturing a culture of survival and regeneration.