Washington Sorichung teaches Pansori, Namdominyo, Korean drum, and Gukak Praise. Students can choose to take any of these classes and are open to people of all ages. Most classes are offered one-on-one but group lessons can be arranged upon request. Please contact us for more details about how to take these classes.
Pansori is Korean Traditional musical storytelling performed by a single Pansori singer, a Sorikkun, and a drummer, the gosu. It can be considered as a one-person opera. There are five major stories that are passed down orally, and each complete story is approximately 8 hrs long. The five major songs are Sogoongga, Chunyangga, Heungbuga, Simchungga, and Jukbyukga.
Minyo is Korean traditional folksongs that originate from the people of Korea. The songs usually follow a verse chorus form and the lyrics may vary depending on the situation. There are regional differences in the minyo style including variations from each region. Some of the more famous minyos are Arirang, and doraji-taryung.
Gukak Praise is Christian songs sung in pansori or minyo style. These songs are sung in the melody of famous minyos, newly composed pieces, or classical songs sung in either Pansori or minyo style.
So-ri Buk, Jang Dan is rhythmic accompaniment to songs by using Korean Drums. There is only one type of So-ri Buk, but multiple rhythms that can be drummed. The different rhythms are Jinyangcho, Joongmori, Joongjoongmori, Jajinmori, Hwimori, etc. The tempo for these rhythms range from slow to fast, respectively. Although the Korean Drum is a simple instrument, it has more than five sounding points that the performers can play.