Noreum Machi

Noreum Machi


“Spectacular percussion dialogues, shamanic chants and acrobatic dances! Noreum Machi is a captivating group that performs the virtuosic percussion, vocal and dance tradition. – Isabel Soffer (World Music Institute)


“Noreum Machi are that rarest of great artists. They have mastered their art form with a skill, musicality, athleticism, grace and profundity of tradition that justly earns them accolades at home and abroad. Heartfelt!” – Gerald Seligman(International Music Industry Professional/Consultant/Producer)


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 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.



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