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 Samul-nori. This exciting music, first introduced to the West in the late 1970s by the legendary ensemble, Samul-nori is a modernized-staged adaptation of the ancient Pungmul-nori, famers’ ritual that had its origin in shamanism and animism. Samul-nori (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.