(29 November 2019)
For an awe-inspiring performance that is not to be missed, MUSICON welcomes three of the most celebrated hereditary shaman ritualists from Busan: Kim Dongeon, Kim Dongyeol, and their son Kim Jinhwan. They are joined by the tradition's preeminent drummer Kim Junghee and his son Jo Jonghun, who have both performed in MUSICON before, exactly 10 years ago. The concert will take place in the Department of Music, Palace Green on Tuesday 3 December from 6.45pm. Tickets are £10 standard, Students £4, and under 18s £1 and can be bought at the door and online.
There are still some communities in South Korea's East Coast region that hire hereditary shamans to perform lengthy health-restoring rituals. These events are remarkable for their Buddhist-infused polytheistic folk belief, colourful paper flowers, lengthy mythic songs, elegant dance, and exuberant percussion-based music played on janggo drum, gongs and cymbals. When in full flow, the ritualists' music is perhaps the most rhythmically complex, improvisatory and virtuosic music in the whole of East Asia. All of the performers have been officially recognised as the main keepers of nationally-important 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' and their skills are sure to amaze and invigorate you.