Founded in 2008, the Durham P’ungmul Group is certainly rather special – being one of just a few groups in the UK that specialises in playing the traditional South Korean percussion band music known as “P’ungmul” (literally “Wind things”). Played on hourglass-shaped drums, barrel drums, and various gongs, this is loud, celebratory and trance-inducing music! At the same time, it is a kind of music-making that opens a window onto a fascinating Far Eastern folk culture.
While the most basic techniques and repertoire can be learnt quite quickly, with the whole group making a strong cohesive sound after just an hour or two, there’s an infinite amount to learn. Led by Simon Mills (a specialist in Korean folk music), the group holds informal and friendly practices once a week during term time. Over the years, they have played at a variety of events – concerts, conferences, parties, and the Buddha’s Birthday celebrations. All are welcome!
President: Simon Mills
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