Korean and Japanese drummers join forces to present a powerful program of ethnic and traditional rhythms to commemorate Korean Independence Day and celebrate unity and healing.
Appreciative members of the audience call out “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” as they enjoy pungmul, Korean drumming. This simple, joyful exclamation ties together the players and the audience, binding them within the drumming experience of pungmul. The audience’s cries of “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” and the answering rhythms of the players are an expression of community ties. August 15 marks Korea’s liberation from colonial rule, and as such is an appropriate day to celebrate community through pungmul.