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Dong-wan Kim Demonstrates the Korean Chang-go [Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2002]
Watch Dong-wan Kim of the Silk Road Ensemble perform at the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Kim is a master of the traditional Korean chang-go, an hourglass drum that is the most widely played of all Korean instruments. The drum produces two sounds—one low, one high—symbolizing the harmonious conjoining of male and female aspects. In folk performances called p'ungmul nori, a thin bamboo stick is used to strike the chaepyon (the right side), while the gungpyon (left side) is struck with a round-headed wooden mallet. Some rhythms in p'ungmul nori call for the performer to cross hands and use the wooden mallet to hit the opposite side. You can hear more on the 1951 Folkways album 'Folk & Classical Music of Korea,' available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: These offerings provide a view of Korean music ranging from the folk music of farmers' songs and ballads to classical court music, featuring the genre of formal ah ahk. Influences from Korea’s relationship with China over the centuries are reflected in Korea’s music and can be heard here, not only in the texts but also in the style and instrumentation. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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4 min 37 sec
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