SoriBeat had a spring break camp from Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30 at the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago. With our instructor So Ra Kim, a guest pungmul master, Mr. Seung Hun Hyun taught youth members during the camp. Mr. Hyun is a senior member of Kim Duk Soo’s Hanullim Samulnori. He visited Chicago from Korea to see his wife, So Ra Kim and helped her instruction. The synergies gained from these two special instructors helped the SoriBeat members complete the Sangmo Panguk set that they will perform in July. We really appreciate Mr. Hyun’s voluntary instruction.
SoriBeat started to learn a new set of pungmul, “Sunban Pangut.” The pungmul retreat took place in the week of December 29th from 9:30 am through 3:00 pm. It was really hard to keep playing 2-3 hours straight, but no one gave up and everyone actually enjoyed working hard. So proud of them!
Sangmo (ribbon hat) practice is one of the most challenging and fun activities. Check out Enna’s disheveled hair after Sangmo practice. Isn’t she so cute!! LOL
We all had lots of fun, built a stronger teamwork, and developed more discipline by playing pungmul together.
SoriBeat celebrated New Year’s Day 2014 in a Korean traditional manner. It was a really snowy day, but everyone gathered around noon and hung out until late at night. Most members and parents wore Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress.
Sebae: Members wished their parents a happy new year by performing one deep traditional bow, saying “saehae bok mani badeuseyo” which translates to “have a blessed New Year”. After children’s sebae, parents offered the words of wisdom and then gave them a gift of money.
Time to eat! We all had Tteokguk, Korean traditional soup with thinly sliced rice cakes. Then everyone played the Korean traditional board game, Yut Nori!
To make the New Years day even more special and memorable, there was an unplanned talent show — a violin performance, a guitar performance, piano performances, Takwondo demos.
Happy New Year, everyone!
So Ra Kim, a Korean pungmul musician visited Chicago on Christmas Even to teach SoriBeat members for the year 2014. She is the one of the best well-known young Korean traditional musicians in Korea. It must be a privilege to have her as a visiting instructor for SoriBeat. We sincerely appreciate Ms. Kim for her willingness to help SoriBeat. We are all so excited about learning pungmul from her. “Ul-Ssi-Gu!”
Our special thanks also go to Kim, Duk Soo who helped this arrangement.
SoriBeat had a full-day workshop with new members on November 26, 2013. They learned a Jang-Gu (a hour-glass drum) rhythms and a Sang-Mo (Hat ribbon dance) as well as playing Korean folk games. Lots of fun and laughs, and close teamwork between all members.
SoriBeat made a performance with a Sul-Jang-Gu piece at the event called Fall for Korean Food – Korean Food for Fall.