|Since 2011, KCCNY has held the annual OPEN STAGE public contest to provide a stage for selected talents to present their performances in New York. This year, a public contest was held to provide a platform for artists seeking to reinterpret, localize, and globalize samulnori inspired performances that exemplify the highest tier of traditional and contemporary works.
We celebrate the revival of samulnori in a world full of conflict, yet with a hopeful outlook for a world peace. Samulnori, above all, emphasizes a need for harmony. With its historical roots in Korean agrarian society where music and performance was used to create community, Korean folk music and dance became the philosophical glue that connected people to people, village to village, as well as humans to nature.
This sense of harmony is reflected in the sounds of samulnori. With many intricacies of the 4 key instruments, regional and historic differences, and variations in programs, each artist must master his/her own sound, and have respect for every other member of the group.
It is only when this merging of sounds, rhythms, and breath occur that the art of samulnori can reach its musical height. In parallel, with this concept of mutual respect and mindfulness of nature, we can nurture a culture of not just survival through harmony, but regeneration, revival, and resonance.
In 2018, a special performance by one of the founding members of samulnori, Duk Soo Kim, as well as NYU’s team Rhythmic Impulse, show the range and breadth of the genre as well as its future.
For more information and full lineup, please visit www.koreanculture.org.