Monday, December 16, 2013
Arirang Concert (part 1)
We got invited to watch the Arirang Concert held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea.
Held at National Folk Museum, just near Gyeongbok Palace, we went there with anticipation of enjoying the vast arrays of Arirang--Korea's traditional folk song which was recently enlisted as one of the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The Arirang show highlighted lots of Arirang types spread across the country.
Though I am not sure how to differentiate them ...I was able to witness Arirang Taryeong, Miryang Arirang, Jindo Arirang, Yeongcheon Arirang...and...hmm...well..I am not sure..too many of them..
Some of the songs were sung individually, some by trio, some by quartet, some by a group of people with live orchestra, which surely 'woven' by Korea's traditional musical instruments.
Some dignitaries who took part in arranging the whole event that day.
oh, it's one of things I enjoyed because they were using the old-type ironing technique in Korea, i.e. using wooden beater to flatten the clothes so as to make it flat like what we have in the modern-day ironing machine.
And yes..they're making music out of it.
then..along what would most of us remember as: buttock-lock show:) literally..one of the clowns was wearing god-forbid bare-them-all butt (of course it was fake) to make the audience pay attention to what she said or every move she made.
and it just worked!!
Then..the they're also singing the gu (old) Arirang as well as the bonjo (original) arirang...that make us..ticked with sheer lullaby.
The audience, foreigners and Koreans.
oh..and yes..its' the time when the singers came off stage to invite the audience to come up on stage to dance and sing together.