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Tradition is like invisible roots that nurture visible growth. The continuous flow of Korean music tradition reflects the unending stream of Korean cultural consciousness. Throughout the twentieth century, pushed out by imported Western music traditions, Korean music became neglected in the mainstream practice. Out of popular circulation, the chosen among remaining repertories became preserved and enacted primarily as national/or world heritages and education of the Korean past. Beyond collection of images and expressions of the Korean past, my research and ethnographic work focuses on the tradition’s continuity reminding us not of the disconnect but of the continuity of Korean culture from past to present. Introduction and discourse on Korean traditional performance should help students in their study of Korean language, culture, and history. I discuss Korean folk performance tradition, integral to both religious prayers and secular playfulness, developed around an indivisible unity of singing, dancing, and instrumental music. With samplings of several musical and narrative genres, I discuss the hopes and the despairs of Koreans in labor and in leisure, as reflected in the Korean music tradition.
Chan E. Park earned her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii (1995), and is currently Professor of Korean Language, Literature, and Performance at The Ohio State University. Her specializations include research and performance of Korean lyrical and narrative tradition including the story-singing tradition of p’ansori. Park has published extensively on the Korean performativity and its interdisciplinary implication, including her monograph, Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawaii Press 2003), and Songs of Thorns and Flowers: Bilingual Performance and Discourse on Modern Korean Poetry Series (Foreign Language Publications 2010- ). Park is the innovator of “bilingual p'ansori,” and she has premiered her adaptations of classical p’ansori as well as new plays around the world.
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