Noreum Machi

Friday, March 1st, 2019, 8 PM

Flushing Town Hall
(137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354)

Tickets: $16 General / $10 Students / FREE for Teens

“A shamanistic and utterly visceral performance full of pounding drums, crashing gongs and wild horns.”  - NPR


Juhong Kim, Artistic Director, Percussion, Vocalist
Hyunju Oh, Percussion
Howon Lee, Percussion
Taeho Kim, Wind Instruments
Youngjun Kim, Wind Instruments

Noreum Machi, referring to a performer who is so skilled that no one would dare to follow on stage, specializes in the virtuosic Korean percussion music known as Samulnori. Coming from Korea, Noreum Machi’s colorful program includes spectacular percussion dialogues, haunting shamanic chants, and entrancing acrobatic dances.


Noreum Machi, referring to a performer who is so skilled that no one would dare to follow on stage, is the most widely recognized Korean traditional music band in Korea. Founded in 1993, Noreum Machi brings together traditional singing and enchanting powerful percussion playing in their musical and creative activities. With the WOMEX official showcase selection in 2014, CINARS official showcase in 2016, and Mundial Montreal 2017 official showcase, Noreum Machi continues carving out own path globally. They have so far performed in almost 200 cities in 60 countries and keep developing musical skills and enjoying meeting with people from all over the world, listen to their music and getting endless inspiration.

Noreum Machi specializes in the virtuosic percussion music known as Samulnori. This exciting music, first introduced to the West in the late 1970s by the legendary ensemble, Samulnori is a modernized-staged adaptation of the ancient Pungmulnori, famers’ ritual that had its origin in shamanism and animism. Samulnori (Samul means “four objects” and Nori means “play”) is performed primarily with four traditional instruments; Jang-gu, Buk, Jing, and Kkwaenggwari. Other instruments used are the Taepyongso and Piri. Each of the four main instruments represents different elements of nature: the Jang-gu represents Rain; the Buk, Clouds; the Jing, Wind; and the Kkwaenggwari, Thunder Storm. Yin and Yang is also reflected: the Buk and the Jang-gu represent the sound of the earth, while the Jing and the Kkwaenggwari represent the sound of the heaven.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

To learn more about Samulnori, please visit

Miro Yoon