Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Korea Foundation takes Korean music on tour

Korea Foundation

Members of Noreum Machi, a Korean percussion group, perform in this photo. The group will travel to two South American countries to perform the essence of Korean music along with Gorilla Crew, a b-boy team.

The Korea Foundation is taking the essence of Korean music and share it with audiences in Central America and the Caribbean.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, the Korea Foundation will host joint performances by Noreum Machi and Gorilla Crew throughout next week.

Noreum Machi is a Korean percussion group that engages in traditional music with a modern twist. Established in 1993 by artistic director Kim Ju-hong, the band shot to stardom after playing in the soundtrack in the hit movie “King and the Clown” (2005). At this occasion Noreum Machi will present “Binari” (Blessing) and “Pan Gut.”

Gorilla Crew is one of the top b-boy teams in Korea and is known for dynamic choreography and excellent breakdance skills. The team premiered “B-boy and Ballerina,” a popular non-verbal performance here. They will present hip-hop music and popping dance, which is an original funk style of dance that came from streets in California during the 1960s-70s. There will also be a joint performance with Noreum Machi, combining Korean traditional music with energetic dance.

Dominican and El Salvadoran ambassadors to Korea watched a demonstration of the performance in Korea in June and said it presents traditional and modern aspects of Korea.

“Noreum Machi and Gorilla Crew represent very different parts of Korean culture and we expect them to show the diversity of Korean culture in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, where Korea is less known,” an official of KF said.

The first performance is due today at Restoration Hall, Cibao Grand Theater in Santiago, Dominica and the second performance is at Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo on Thursday. On July 9 and 10, the performance is held at the auditorium of Fundacion Empresarial para el Desarrollo Educativo (FEPADE), an educational institution in San Salvador.

For more information, visit www.kf.or.kr.

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