Korean Percussion Ensemble & Toho Koto Ensemble
Korean Percussion Ensemble
Toho Koto Ensemble
Director, Korean Percussion Ensemble Sebastian Wang
Director, UMD Japanese Koto Ensemble Kyoko Okamoto
Experience the sights, sounds and rhythms of Korean percussion — Samulnori!
Samulnori is an ensemble of four percussion instruments: an hourglass drum, a barrel drum, a small gong and a large gong. This exhilarating contemporary form of Korean music will be performed by the UMD Korean Percussion Ensemble.
In addition, director Sebastian Wang will be accompanied by trained professionals who will perform some of the great repertoire of Samulnori. All are invited to come and enjoy this great event.
The quiet beauty, simplicity and harmonizing effect of Japanese nature are revealed in the music of the UMD Koto Ensemble.
Review by the Diamondback
As the ensemble began performing, the audience was not afraid to clap and exclaim its support for the lively performance. Wang and his 11 students sat cross-legged in a row across the stage holding either hourglass drums, barrel drums or small gongs and one student played a large gong. This combination of instruments is called Samulnori.
— ABBY MERGENMEIER, The Diamondback, December 1, 2015