UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Kim Duk-Soo and Samulnori, 1997-02-09

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University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Kim Duk-Soo and Samulnori
3 items  :  OT - 1 DAT (digital, stereo); OT - 2 audio cassettes (Type II); Duration: 1:51:00
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Concert recording of Samulnori led by Kim Duk-Soo in Brechemin Auditorium, University of Washington Music Building, February 9, 1997.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Korean percussion group whose name (roughly meaning 'playing of four objects') was adopted for a recently developed genre of Korean traditional music. The first performance of this type of music by the original group took place in February 1978 at the Space Theatre in Seoul, when the members were Kim Duk-soo (Kim Tŏksu, changgo), Kim Yongbae (kkwaenggwari), Lee Kwang-soo (Yi Kwangsu, puk) and Choi Jong-sil (Ch'oi Chongsil, ching). After a number of personnel changes, only Kim Duk-soo (b 1952) remains from the original group. The group had enormous success in Korea and many international tours after 1982, making several recordings and collaborating with jazz, rock and orchestral musicians.

While the music of Samul Nori is largely derived from parts of traditional Korean farmers' band music (nongak or p'ungmul kut), it is played only on two drums and two gongs (rather than by a large band), is played seated on an indoor stage (instead of dancing outdoors), and has a much more developed, professionalized and virtuoso style. The music undergoes constant development and modification, the four most popular pieces being Samdo nongak karak (Farmers' music rhythms of three provinces), Samdo sŏlchanggo karak (Solo changgo rhythms of three provinces), Honam udo p'ungmul kut karak (Farmers' music rhythms of west Chŏlla province) and Honam chwado p'ungmul kut karak (Farmers' music rhythms of east Chŏlla province). Of these, the best known and most imitated is the sŏlchanggo piece, played on four changgo drums and based on solo drum dances that were formerly part of a band performance; in 1996 the piece was about 25 minutes long.

- Grove Music Online, Robert C. Provine

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Musicians: Kim Duk-Soo; Park An-Ji; Kim Han-Bok; Jang Hyun-Jin; Lee Dong-Joo; Shin Chan-Sun.

Traditional Korean farmers' music transformed by Kim Duk-Soo into a new musical genre called "Samulnori." Samul (four things) refers to the four traditional percussion instruments used in this style; nori (to play). The "four things" of samulnori are: changgo: an hourglass-shaped, double-headed drum played with a thin bamboo stick and a wooden mallet; puk: a shallow-barrel drum played with a single wooden stick; ching: a large bronze gong struck with a padded wooden mallet; kkwaenggari: a small brass gong struck with a bamboo mallet. This instrument leads the ensemble, signaling rhythmic patterns and transitions in tempo.

1 DAT recording (1:51:04); cassette recording on two C-90 cassettes (tape #1 - 1:03:41, tape #2 - 44:30)

See logsheet for list of contents.

DAT transferred to digital files 7/2013 - 97-2.1_pt1.wav (1:04:13), 97-2.1_pt2.wav (46:26) (44.1 kHz/16-bit)

Documentation: Printed concert program

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1 audiotape : DAT; Tracks: 6

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Changgo
  • Ching (Cymbals)
  • Dance--Korea
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Kkwaenggari
  • Puk

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • Korea--Asia--East Asia
  • Seattle (Wash.)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Kim, Duk-Soo (performer)
    Corporate Names
    • Samul-Nori (Musical group) (performer)