As a GPI’s Annual Seminar Series in the spring of 2016, GPI invited Tsukasa Taiko to Korean Cultural Center of Chicago where GPI is located on Sunday, June 12. Tsukasa’s Gintenkai members demonstrated various episodes of taiko drumming with explanations about each episode, which resulted in giving us a better understanding of taiko drumming. It was such a meaningful and fun experience to all of us.
This event was also part of our cultural exchange that initiated last year when GPI’s SoriBeat went to visit Tsukasa Taiko’s place in Chicago. As a next step, we already look forward to future collaboration by drumming together.
We will see and play drums together for Project UL-SSI-GU in Chicago, which will be held on Sunday, August 14 at 5 pm, Wrigley Squire in downtown Chicago.
GPI teachers went to Minneapolis in MN and did a samulnori and sangmo pankut performance along with Chicago Korean Dance Company members at Global Minnesota Gala 2016. About 200 special guests enjoyed Korean traditional music and dance even though it was above 9 Fahrenheit degrees.
Sinaboro is a Korean traditional drumming group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They visited GPI during the Memorial Day weekend to learn pungmul. We all enjoyed playing pungmul together and already look forward to the next opportunity! More information about Sinaboro at sinaboro.wordpress.com
GPI was invited for featured performance at the 16th Korean Senior’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 21, Amundsen High School in Chicago. GPI presented a traditional mask dance, a sul-janggu, a samul-nori, and a sangmo pankut performance. We all had a wonderful time and felt proud to present Korean traditional culture to about 600 senior audience.
Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Monday, May 9 honored 28 young Asian American leaders from throughout Illinois for their leadership and service to the community. In addition to the individual honors, Munger presented the 3rd Annual John Vietnam Nguyen Asian American Youth Leadership Award to the Khmer Support Giving Circle Chicago. A rising community leader from the Uptown neighborhood, Nguyen was in his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin in 2012 when he drowned after saving the life of another student. In 2014, he became the first Vietnamese-American honored with a street name in Chicago.
Held to coincide with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the program featured performances by SoriBeat (Youth Pungmul Program & Ensemble Presented by Global Pungmul Institute), the Chinese Mutual Aid AssociationLotus Flower Dancers, and Chicago singer-songwriter MER. In addition, Comptroller Munger and Judy Hsu ABC7 provided remarks.
Thank you all for coming to the show of SoriBeat 2016 on Saturday, April 30 at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette. It was a great turnout! Without your support, the show couldn’t have been successful.
SoriBeat young drummers implemented splendid performances. It was a true celebration of Korean drumming and dance. Special thanks go to guest performers, show staff members, volunteers, and also SoriBeat members and their parents and teachers!
Here is a link of the sangmo pankut performance.