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October 16: Percussive Arirang

Tuesday, October 16, 7PM:
Percussive Arirang by NY Korean Traditional Marching Band


Program Note

  • Chwitawitadae(Korean Traditional Marching Band) is a group of musicians that plays Daechwita. Daechwita is the music played by royal military band and is historically used in the march of the King or high official. Daechwita consists of percussion and wind instruments as the word “chwita” literally means “to blow and to hit”.
  • Modeum Buk
    Modeum Buk are an assortment of barrel drums played on stands. The drums consist of different sizes and tones. The performers utilize a variety of rhythms including Korean Traditional rhythms as well as modern western ones.
  • Binari
    Binari is piece is a prayer to the gods asking them for good fortune and blessings for all people. There is one main singer that sings the prayer with the help of the rest of the ensemble. The singer also asks the gods for protection from bad things called, “sal” in Korean. The singer then lists some examples of these “sal” and asks the gods to be a protector from these bad things.
  • Samdo Sul ChanggoSamdo Sul Changgo highlights the hourglass-shaped drum, the changgo. All players are playing this instrument and are playing rhythms from all three major provincial areas in Korea. Each style is unique and is featured in different movements in the piece. The piece starts with the slow rhythm, gutgeori, and ends with the fast and exciting rhythm, hwimori!
  • Arang’s Dream by Kye-Ok Kim
    The gayageum player, Kye-Ok Kim, composed Arang’s Dream. This delightful Korean folksong called Mill-Yang Arirang is develop for the 25-stringed gayageum. In the basic musical theme in Mil-Yang Arirang, is repeated and changed in four variations. The variations are about the same length as the theme, and each is unique and alters the mood of the theme in the melody, rhythm, accompaniment, dynamics, or tone color. For instance, each variation introduces a traditional Korean rhythmic pattern, beginning with slow tempo followed by the moderate tempo of Semachi and an energetic dance-like pattern, Anddang.
  • Samdo *Samulnori (Samdo Nongak Garak)
    This piece’s title can be translated as, “Farmer’s Band Rhythms of the Three Provincial Areas.” It showcases the various styles and movements unique to the different types of farmers’ band music from the three major provincial areas in Korea. The final section contains two kkweanggwarri players performing together while interacting with the other instruments.
  • *Samulnori IntroductionSamulnori is a contemporary Korean traditional performing art, which was developed in 1978. The genre’s title literally means the “playing of four things.” These four instruments are: the changgo (hourglass-shaped drum), the buk (barrel drum), the jing (large gong), and the kkwaenggwari (small gong). Samulnori traces its roots to traditional farmers’ band music as well as shaman music. The musical patterns and rhythms of these roots were taken out of their original contexts, restyled, and redesigned to be performed on a stage.
  • The New York Korean Traditional Marching Band (Chwitadea in Korean) was established on Oct. 14, 2008 as a non-profit organization and is the first organization that actively promotes and performs Daechwita (Korean Traditional Marching Band) outside of Korea. The NYKTMB has performed in many venues and events. One of the most mentionable is the Overall Grand Prize at the Korean Traditional Music Competition in Flushing, NY in 2011. This grand prize earned them to be the opening act for a Korean Traditional Music Concert at the prestigious Lincoln Center. Next year, the group will participate at the Lunar New Year Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Who’s Who in NY Korean Traditional Marching Band

  • Director: Chun Seung Lee
  • 2012 Members : Donghoon Kim, Sebastian Wang, Sanghyuk Park, Sangyeol Lee Kevin Choi, Lana Choi, Philip Choi, Gina Chun, Brian Kim, Danny Kim, Jennifer Kim, Rebecca Kim, Steve Kim, Taewoo Kim, Charles Kwon, Scott Min, Daniel Son, Sarah Son, Hannah Yoo, Thomas Yoo, Johyun Kim, Jaehyun Kim
  • Guest Artists: Seungmin Son


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