1. SD video, sound, 3'26''

    Part 5: Extro, 3'26''

    SamulNori is a form of traditional Korean percussion music. It has its roots in the rural, shamanistic tradition of the country.
    Literally the word means „the play of 4 things“ and refers to the 4 main percussion instruments played in this tradition. The instruments also have their equivalence in nature: The large gong (Ching) stands for the wind, the hourglass drum (Changgo) for the rain, the small gong (K’waenggwari) represents the thunder and the barrel drum (Buk) the clouds.

    Each year in autumn the SamulNori Drum and Dance Festival takes place in South Korea. Established by the founder of SamulNori, famous korean musician Kim Duk Soo, the three days festival gathers all the korean SamulNori groups - and a few international. They perform their musical repertoire on stage, showing their art in a playful competiton.

    In 2002 the swiss SamulNori group Swissamul was invited to participate in the festival and I was asked to accompany them.
    This video is a documentary essay about the festival, the music, the place and the play of 4 things.

    Part 5: Extro. The end of the festival. The scissors man is doing a little dance for me and the music and lights of the many food shops fade out.

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  2. SD video, sound, 9'36''

    part 4: winners group performance, 9'36''

    SamulNori is a form of traditional Korean percussion music. It has its roots in the rural, shamanistic tradition of the country.
    Literally the word means „the play of 4 things“ and refers to the 4 main percussion instruments played in this tradition. The instruments also have their equivalence in nature: The large gong (Ching) stands for the wind, the hourglass drum (Changgo) for the rain, the small gong (K’waenggwari) represents the thunder and the barrel drum (Buk) the clouds.

    Each year in autumn the SamulNori Drum and Dance Festival takes place in South Korea. Established by the founder of SamulNori, famous korean musician Kim Duk Soo, the three days festival gathers all the korean SamulNori groups - and a few international. They perform their musical repertoire on stage, showing their art in a playful competiton.

    In 2002 the swiss SamulNori group Swissamul was invited to participate in the festival and I was asked to accompany them.
    This video is a documentary essay about the festival, the music, the place and the play of 4 things.

    Part 4: An excerpt of an excellent Samdo Nong'ak Karak performance. The group who won first price.

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  3. SD video, sound, 7'14''

    Part 3: Opening day & ceremony, 7'14''

    SamulNori is a form of traditional Korean percussion music. It has its roots in the rural, shamanistic tradition of the country.
    Literally the word means „the play of 4 things“ and refers to the 4 main percussion instruments played in this tradition. The instruments also have their equivalence in nature: The large gong (Ching) stands for the wind, the hourglass drum (Changgo) for the rain, the small gong (K’waenggwari) represents the thunder and the barrel drum (Buk) the clouds.

    Each year in autumn the SamulNori Drum and Dance Festival takes place in South Korea. Established by the founder of SamulNori, famous korean musician Kim Duk Soo, the three days festival gathers all the korean SamulNori groups - and a few international. They perform their musical repertoire on stage, showing their art in a playful competiton.

    In 2002 the swiss SamulNori group Swissamul was invited to participate in the festival and I was asked to accompany them.
    This video is a documentary essay about the festival, the music, the place and the play of 4 things.

    Part 3: The opening day of the contest. The parade of the SamulNori groups through the village to stage followed by the Opening ceremony.

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  4. SD video, sound, 4'45''

    Part 2: Last rehearsal & Interlude, 4'45''

    SamulNori is a form of traditional Korean percussion music. It has its roots in the rural, shamanistic tradition of the country.
    Literally the word means „the play of 4 things“ and refers to the 4 main percussion instruments played in this tradition. The instruments also have their equivalence in nature: The large gong (Ching) stands for the wind, the hourglass drum (Changgo) for the rain, the small gong (K’waenggwari) represents the thunder and the barrel drum (Buk) the clouds.

    Each year in autumn the SamulNori Drum and Dance Festival takes place in South Korea. Established by the founder of SamulNori, famous korean musician Kim Duk Soo, the three days festival gathers all the korean SamulNori groups - and a few international. They perform their musical repertoire on stage, showing their art in a playful competiton.

    In 2002 the swiss SamulNori group Swissamul was invited to participate in the festival and I was asked to accompany them.
    This video is a documentary essay about the festival, the music, the place and the play of 4 things.

    Part 2: Rehearsal Swissamul followed by a visual interlude based on the song "Menari" by Kim Duk Soo.

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  5. SD video, sound, 9'40''

    part I: Intro & rehearsals

    SamulNori is a form of traditional Korean percussion music. It has its roots in the rural, shamanistic tradition of the country.
    Literally the word means „the play of 4 things“ and refers to the 4 main percussion instruments played in this tradition. The instruments also have their equivalence in nature: The large gong (Ching) stands for the wind, the hourglass drum (Changgo) for the rain, the small gong (K’waenggwari) represents the thunder and the barrel drum (Buk) the clouds.

    Each year in autum the SamulNori Drum and Dance Festival takes place in South Korea. Established by the founder of SamulNori, famous korean musician Kim Duk Soo, the three days festival gathers all the korean SamulNori groups - and a few international. They perform their musical repertoire on stage, showing their art in a playful competiton.

    In 2002 the swiss SamulNori group Swissamul was invited to participate in the festival and I was asked to accompany them.
    This video is a documentary essay about the festival, the music, the place and the play of 4 things.

    Part 1: Introduction to the small village Yang Pyong, where the festival took place. Impressions of outdoor rehearsals which went on for two days.

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