* Date : 2016-03-07
John Tonks, UK Royal Photographic Society's beloved photographer known for capturing vivid moments of humans, landscape, and history, embarks on a journey through Korean music with emerging haegeum player and singer-songwriter, Choi Min-ji.
#1. Common people's music, pansori
John and Min-ji learn about common people's music, pansori, in Namwon, Jeollanam-do Province. Since the ancient times, people sang pansori in public places and reflected their joys and sorrows of life. It's music that represents Koreans' sentiments. Let's meet a pansori master and high school students who dream about becoming the next gugak musicians.
#2. Korean music meets pungryu
In Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do Province, there are places where Korean ancestors enjoyed art in beautiful nature. John and Min-ji visit Nangye Kukak, a music center that was established to commemorate one of Korea's greatest musicians, Park Yeon. They look at handmade gugak instruments and meet Min-ji's friend to listen to his daegeum performance at what used to be Park Yeon's favorite waterfall.
#3. Music that soothes weary life, nodongyo
There are elderly women who weave high quality hemp fabrics in Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do Province. "Nodongyo" is their blues music that they used to sing while weaving all night to support their family. Let's meet these Korean women with heavy hearts and listen to their nodongyo that they sang to soothe their difficult married life and labor.
#4. Song of prayer, ritual music
Chungcheongnam-do Province's Gyeryongsan Mountain is known for having the clearest energy in Korea. John and Min-ji visit the site of a harvest ritual that takes place in a village located at the foot of the mountain. They see local residents praying for their wishes and shamans and musicians playing music to add to the excitement of the ritual. They join a special moment where people let go of their past.