A centuries-old practice steeped in music, dance, and theatre
Director: Dr. Nathan Hesselink
The P’ungmulp’ae San Param ensemble, meaning “Korean folk drumming troupe Mountain Breeze,” is open to all UBC students, regardless of degree program. It offers the opportunity to engage in a year-long practical study of the Korean tradition of folk drumming and dance known as p’ungmul. A centuries-old practice steeped in music, dance, theatre, and pageantry, p’ungmul served the overlapping functions of work, ritual, and entertainment.
The ensemble is composed of a core set of two gongs and two drums, with the instruments either held in the hand or strapped to the body and played while the performers dance. Ensemble members learn in the traditional manner, integrating the use of their voices (oral mnemonics), hands (gong/drum strokes), and bodies (dance).