Since ED Byoung Kim and Artist-in-Residence Suwan Choi attended the world music symposium held at Northern Illinois University in April of 2015, GPI has been building a good partnership with NIU.
GPI was invited to 2016 World Music Festival at NIU and performed a samulnori on Sunday, April 10. We would like to extend a special thank to Dr. Jui-Ching Wang for inviting us to such a great concert. It was an exciting and meaningful experience, especially for SoriBeat youth members.
Here is a video link of the samul-nori performance.
ED Byoung Kim and Artist-in-Residence Suwan Choi made a trip to Taylor University in Indiana on Wednesday, January 13. They introduced Korean drumming to college students enrolled in the world music class and other music major students. It was a wonderful experience of working with college students. A special thank to Dr. Eva Kwan!
GPI hosted an annual seminar series with a guest speaker Hyunil James Kim on December 20, 2015 at Korean Cultural Center of Chicago. He talked about skills and factors to support student learning and college success. He nicely provided concrete and real examples coupled with key misunderstandings parents possess and alternative ways for parents to deal with their child. It was meaningful and reflective as well as very informative!
ED Byoung Sug and Artist-in-Residence Suwan ran a workshop at Taft High School with about 40 students enrolled in a Korean language class on December 11, 2015.
Later we received a thank you letter in which students said thank you in Korean with their Korean names. It was so nice! A special thank to Teacher Lucy Luna for giving us an opportunity to share Korean culture with her students.
GPI hosted 2015 Rhythm Connections at Mendelssohn Theatre, University of Michigan on November 10th, 2015 and at Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University on November 14th, 2015.
Rhythm Connections brings together the past and the present; the classic and the contemporary; weaving connections across time and space to bring you the excitement of the pungmul (Korean drumming and dance). Be it the rhythms of electric guitar, piano, saxophone, or the melody of haegeum (Korean fiddle), pungmul is implemented- connecting Asian and Western genres in harmony. Through these “Rhythm Connections,” we are bound together with transformational and multicultural music.
GPI organized Project UL-SSI-GU 2015 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Liberation Day of Korea and the end of World War II on August 15th. Twenty-two teams from six different countries including USA, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Malaysia, and Australia participated in the Project.
In Chicago, GPI invited various Asian percussion teams including Pyeongtaek Nongak Troupe from Korea, GPI’s youth pungmul ensemble SoriBeat, Chicago Poongmul School, Tsukasa Taiko in Chicago, Cheng Da Drum, NIU gamelan ensemble and Indonesian Dance Illinois, and Thai percussion team. Almost 100 players played drums together in front of about 1,000 people at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park on August 14, 2015.
Project UL-SSI-GU 2015 – Final Video
Project UL-SSI-GU 2015 in Chicago
After almost one year of planning with Pyeongtaek Nongak, GPI was thrilled to present this traditional Korean drumming and dance show in Chicago on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.
Nongak was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014. The nature of this performing art form is coupled with solidarity in the community and a sense of shared identity among community members. To celebrate the UNESCO’s recognition GPI invited and hosted the Show. At the night both adults and youth breathed as one while drumming together, connecting across generations. Drumming also bound the performers and the audience, which represented community ties.