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Korean name
Hanja or
Revised Romanization daegeum
McCune–Reischauer taegŭm

The daegeum (also spelled taegum, daegum or taegŭm) is a large bamboo transverse flute used in traditional Korean music. It has a buzzing membrane that gives it a special timbre. It is used in court, aristocratic, and folk music, as well as in contemporary classical music, popular music, and film scores.

Smaller flutes in the same family include the junggeum (hangul: 중금; hanja: 中琴 or 中笒) and sogeum (hangul: 소금; hanja: 小琴 or 小笒), neither of which today have a buzzing membrane. The three together are known as samjuk (hangul: 삼죽; hanja: ; literally "three bamboo"), as the three primary flutes of the Silla period.[1]

The solo performance called daegeum sanjo was pronounced an Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Korea by the Cultural Heritage Administration of South Korea in 1971.[2]

According to Korean folklore, the daegeum is said to have been invented when King Sinmun of Silla was informed by Park Suk Jung, his caretaker of the ocean (海官) in 618 that a small island was floating toward a Buddhist temple in the East Sea. The king ordered his caretaker of the sun to test whether this was good luck. The caretaker replied that a dead king who turned into a sea dragon, and two great warriors are giving a gift to protect Silla, and if the king would visit the sea, he would receive a priceless gift. The king soon sent a person to look for the gift. The person replied that a bamboo tree on the top of the island becomes two in the morning and one in the night. On the next day, the world shook and it rained and wind blew, and the world was thrown into darkness for a week. When the king went to the island himself, a dragon appeared and told him that if the bamboo on the top of the island was cut down, made into a flute, and blown, the country would be peaceful. The king cut down the tree, and the flute made from the bamboo was called Man Pa Sik Juk (萬波息笛).[3]

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:49:09 -0800

The first time I called Joonsoo, the Daegeum player below, I was terrified. I must have dialed the number ten times before I actually had the courage to let it ring. In the end, I thought to myself, "What's the worst that could happen?" I played out ...

Korea Times

Korea Times
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:33:45 -0800

Daegeum was traditionally made of old yellow bamboo. But in modern times, the double-grooved bamboo, called "ssanggoljuk," is more often used owing to its thicker and regular internal diameters, which make it more suitable for drilling a hole. Other ...

nmz - neue musikzeitung

nmz - neue musikzeitung
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:52:30 -0800

Der fremden Sprachgestalt fügt sie erstmals altkoreanische Instrumente, die Bambusflöte Daegeum, die zweisaitige Geige Haegeum und die Zither Gayageum hinzu; zusammen mit Sopran, Violoncello und Glissandoflöte entsteht nicht exotische Buntheit, ...
KBS WORLD Radio News
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:18:45 -0800

... été utilisée dans la musique de cour pour doubler le grave de la mélodie du hautbois piri ou de la flûte daegeum. Ensuite, l'ajaeng s'est petit à petit imposé comme une des pièces majeures des formations classiques de la musique traditionnelle ...

Evening Standard

Evening Standard
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:07:30 -0700

But most exciting was the closing Sinawi, like a jazz ensemble with instrumental solos on zithers, daegeum flute and janggu drum. This music had an organic, visceral appeal stemming perhaps from its shamanic roots. It was a rousing conclusion to the ...


Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:35:06 -0800

... (靑嵐)', 성세인 작곡가의 ''Symbiosis' for Daegeum and Flute with Orchestra', 장은호 작곡가의 'Chamber Orchestra 'Fantasia'', 정영빈 작곡가의 ''Metamorphosen' fuerkleinesOrchester', 그리고 윤현진 작곡가의 'Colours Variations for Large ...

Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:07:52 -0700

The organization aims to heal the ills of modern life with the beautiful sounds of Korean traditional instruments such as the gayageum (traditional zither), geomungo (six-stringed zither) and daegeum (horizontal bamboo flute). The free event will take ...

Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post
Thu, 14 May 2015 22:00:25 -0700

Rendering music from traditional instruments will be Pak No Sang on “daegeum” (bamboo flute), Jun Kwang Soo on “ajaeng” (bowed zither), Kwon Oh Heon on “buk” (barrel drum) and “bara” (cymbals), Na Hye Kyoung on “janggu” (double-headed drum), and ...

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