Puripae Performing Art Group was founded in April 1988 on the basis of tunes from Korean folk music instruments. Our musical perspective is that Puripae Performing Art Group has re-created and developed the old-fashioned tradition into a vivid and lively living culture in modern times.


The beginning and end of Puripae’s performances are rhythm
Puripae creats a spectacular rhythm and beat with drums
World music encompasses Korean traditional music
Drums are ancient instruments that emit sound by being repeatedly beaten. Simple frequency embodies power, excitement and a variety of rhythms. Drums connect people from all over the world who enjoy playing them and listening to them and a variety of drum sounds are characterized by different cultures. Although all drum sounds seem to be similar at first encounter, they actually are distinct from each other, depending on the drum’s structure and materials—animal membrane and a cylinder.
Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and their basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. The sound of a drum changes and controls the rhythm of music and it is easy to listen to. There exists a variety of rhythms within Korea. For example, the Southwest region of South Korea, the Kyosang province, has a very tough and powerful rhythm, the Southeast region of South Korea, the Jeonla province, has a distinct and sensitive rhythm, while the Kyonggi and Chungchun provinces in the middle region of South Korea, have a fast, new and harmonic rhythm. The Korean rhythm is also very similar to some world rhythms, including the Zulu rhythm in Africa, the Samba rhythm in South America, the Waltz rhythm in Europe and the 16 beat rock rhythm. In addition, Korean rhythm is not only similar to a variety of world rhythms, but also contains the characteristic Korean rhythm and beat. This unique rhythm is best played by the native Korean band, Puripae. All of Puripae’s performances directly relate to rhythm and beat.
Our only concern is not playing percussion drums, but also entertaining our audiences. Puripae members always look for interesting musical factors, rhythm and action. When Puripae combines music with interesting rhythms and action, it results in powerful, dynamic, danceable and energetic performances which absolutely stimulate, excite, delight and enchant their audiences.

Set List

Name of Program - Daybreak
Duration - 5 minutes
Performers - 5
Instrument - Dae-buk 5
Description – Audiences’ see a Puripae performance can feel the spirit and energy of Korean people through this music. The Dae-go (big drums) concert music gives diverse rhythm changes to basic two-time rhythm, showing the power and magnificence of a Korean rhythm, known as Garak.

Name of Program – Rhythm Mori
Duration - 3 minutes
Performers - 7
Instrument - Jung-buk 9, Bamboo 1
Description – It changes the fast Huimori rhythm and makes it intersect with the strong beat and rhythm. Dynamic gestures and various performance percussion techniques are shown by Jung-Buk, middle size of Korean drums. The very powerful and explosive sound from the drum clears everything with its fast speed and power. The sound from the drum which occupies the space is thrilling and will make the heart feel like bursting. The power, temperance and harmony are integrated into a beautiful play.

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