I've really been missing the music scene back home in Columbia, MO, especially since all the great festivals are about to start happening in the Midwest. Some of the best summers of my life were packed with trips to Wakarusa or Bonnaroo, Summerfest street concerts by the Blue Note, and jamming with friends around campfires after float trips. What a scene! Those types of events have had a large effect on me as a person and the things that I value.
While Korea doesn't have quite as rich a live music scene, there are plenty of performances going on all the time. Many of them are based around traditional dances and instruments, which is fascinating to see. I've learned about the various traditional instruments which includes big and small drums, cymbals, and strange piercing horns. My favorite instrument is the Gayageum, a twelve stringed instrument that reminds me of a dulcimer set up for bending notes. Much of the live non-traditional music I've seen is jazz (the Korean players are very studious) or rock (from the foreign community). Here are some of my favorite pictures from music and dance performances here in Jeollanamdo over the last few months.