Korean drums ….. Samulnori is a traditional percussion music which originates in Korea. Nori means ‘to play’ sa means ‘four’ and mul meaning ‘objects’. I believe it was a music that celebrated a good harvest amongst farmers in rural villages.
Each drum represents weather and this drum called the Buk, signifies clouds. It’s a little bit like the bass drum of the group.
This drummer is playing the Janggo, a drum made from wood with horse skin heads. This drum represents rain.
The hourglass shaped drum has a bass left side that is played with a wooden drum mallet and a treble right side that is played with a thin bamboo stick called a switch.
This small gong is the lead instrument and is known as Kkwaenggari representing thunder. It is struck with a stick called a “chai” which is made of wood.
The fourth instrument in the ensemble is the Jing gong which represents wind and is played with a soft mallet.