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SamulNori: Contemporary Korean Drumming and the Rebirth of Itinerant Performance Culture - Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
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SamulNori: Contemporary Korean Drumming and the Rebirth of Itinerant Performance Culture - Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology

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Mixed media product 224 Pages / Published: 12/06/2012
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In 1978, four musicians crowded into a cramped basement theater in downtown Seoul, where they, for the first time, brought the rural percussive art of p'ungmul to a burgeoning urban audience. In doing so, they began a decades-long reinvention of tradition, one that would eventually create an entirely new genre of music and a national symbol for Korean culture. Nathan Hesselink's "SamulNori" traces this reinvention through the rise of the Korean supergroup of the same name, analyzing the strategies the group employed to transform a museum-worthy musical form into something that was both contemporary and historically authentic, unveiling an intersection of traditional and modern cultures and the inevitable challenges such a mix entails. Providing everything from musical notation to a history of urban culture in South Korea to an analysis of SamulNori's teaching materials and collaborations with Euro-American jazz quartet Red Sun, Hesselink offers a deeply researched study that highlights the need for traditions - if they are to survive - to embrace both preservation and innovation.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226330969
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Among many, one of the strengths of this book is its accessibility to a broad readership. While it offers insights into samul nori by combining ethnographic and archival research as well as musical analysis, it will appeal to both academic and non-academic readers who are interested in samul nori, Korean music, and the interpretation of traditional music in contemporary soundscapes."
--Korean Studies
"Hesselink offers a groundbreaking historiography of SamulNori, as well as an analysis of the music that shows how SamulNori makes its own innovative sonic features."
--Notes

"Hesselink documents with great subtlety the human agency of actors determined to keep a rural musical tradition relevant and exciting in the modern city, a process going on nearly every place in the world since World War II. He focuses on what is arguably Korea's most dynamic and engaging musical export, the ensemble SamulNori and the new genre it spawned (also called samul nori). The author also challenges us to think anew about such well-worn concepts as tradition, modernity, and musical hybridity and fusion."

-- (03/12/2012)
"SamulNori can be recommended not only as essential reading for anyone interested in Korean musical culture but as a stimulating, meticulously researched, and lucidly written study on the larger question of tradition in the modern world."
--Ethnomusicology

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