The Korean Percussion Ensemble explores the genres of samulnori and p’ungmul. Korean samulnori features the dynamic interplay of four percussion instruments known as changgo (hourglass drum), puk (barrel drum) ching (large gong), and kkwaenggwari (small gong). Samulnori draws its roots and rhythms from a much older musical tradition known as p’ungmul, which was associated with village rituals and agrarian life in Korea for many centuries. Much like Japanese taiko, Korean samulnori is now performed all around the world by professional and amateur ensembles.
Course Information: MUS 151. Korean Percussion Ensemble (2 units)
Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Harvard UniversityM.A., Ethnomusicology, University of WashingtonB.M., Piano Performance; B.M., Musicology, University of Michigan
Katherine In-Young Lee is an ethnomusicologist with research interests in East Asia, music and politics, transnational circulations, sound studies, and ethnography. She is intrigued by how analyses of sound can offer reappraisals of past events and contemporary cultural phenomena. In this vein, she has developed research projects that engage various types of “sonic evidence”—from the politicized drumming of dissent to the audible dimensions of a nation branding campaign.