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Day: August 24, 2012

Yeosu Expo 2012-Korean Percussion Group Video

OK, loyal readers, here’s the first video post on this blog! This is a performance by a Korean percussion group that I took, handheld, on July 20th at the Expo Plaza. I think most of these youngsters are university students, but I could be wrong. They’re really quite good. Turn up your sound and enjoy!

P.S. Sorry about all the people moving around in the audience, but there wasn’t much I could do about that. Also, I have a few more videos of this group, so I’ll get them up soon, and I have several others of various cultural performances, which I’ll also post when I can.

EDIT: Since I first posted this entry, I’ve added the other two videos I had of this group. I put them in more or less chronological order. The first vid shows the group working out on the big drums, the second is of the smaller drums, and the third features some dancers with smaller percussion instruments.

Here’s the Big Drums portion of the performance. Watch out for the two large profiles that walk in front of my camera at the one minute mark. I guess I coulda whacked ’em upside the head, but that probably wouldn’t have made any difference. The guy on the center drum was the leader, more or less, of this energetic and talented group of performers. The fellow was quite charismatic and fun to watch.

Here’s a close up shot of the leader of the group.

Young man playing Korean drums

The Group Leader

Here, the group works out on the smaller drums. The day was very humid and hot, but the performers didn’t appear to be affected by the weather. However, I saw them a few days later putting their drums in a storage area after they had done another performance, and they did look worn out. Ah, to be that young and energetic again.

Another shot of the leader and one of the other drummers.

Man and lady playing the drums

Drum Players

Finally, a few other performers join the drummers for a romp. Right after this, many other performers and dancers from a different group, and many onlookers joined in for a free-for-all frolic around the plaza. Many folks in the audience participated also, dancing, clapping, shouting and enjoying themselves in the mayhem.

Here’s a closeup photo of the young lady playing the wind instrument.

Young lady performing in the Korean percussion group

Traditional Korean Wind Instrument

Finally, a view of the general hilarity that followed the performance.

People dancing

Frolicking at the Expo

What to Do With the Expo Grounds

It’s been raining cats and dogs here in Yeosu for several days, including 3 inches yesterday and more than 5 inches since midnight (and a typhoon is heading our way–more on that later), so I haven’t been out to the Expo site to see what kind of de-construction is going on. I’m sure some of the pavilions have been taken down, but the aquarium is open to the public, if you’re willing to pay the 20,000 won admission fee.

There’s been a lot of speculation about how best to use the site. The consensus I’ve gathered from various news articles and websites is that the grounds are to be used as an ocean tourist resort, with shopping malls and international restaurants. We’ll have to wait and see about that.

At least, though, the Expo site is being used right now. Tomorrow night the 14th Korea-China Music Festival will be held at the Expo Digital Gallery and will feature several K-Pop and Chinese pop singers and groups. I hope there’s a good turnout for this, but I wonder how many people will make the trek from the larger cities, like Seoul and Busan. I might go down there tomorrow night not to see the concert, but to check out the crowd.

I’m really hopeful that the site will be put to good use and maintained. It’ll be a great addition to Yeosu, and, hopefully, will draw people to the area, helping the local economy.

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