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Daegeum
Daegeum player.jpg
Korean name
Hangul
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 Sea of Japan (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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55 news items

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 ...

Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:18:11 -0700

To celebrate the special event, organizers have invited several renowned Korean traditional artists, including Lee Saeng-kang, who plays the daegeum (horizontal bamboo flute), and one of the greatest pansori (Korean traditional opera) singers, Ahn ...
 
Korea JoongAng Daily
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0700

On Friday, the organizing committee held Wanju Night, which featured performances by Ham Jung-ah and Lee Chang-sun, a Daegeum (a horizontal bamboo flute) player. “It was a meaningful event for the city and the organizing committee because we were ...

The Korea Herald

The Korea Herald
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:18:45 -0700

Intangible cultural assets Ahn Suk-seon and Lee Saeng-ang, who specialize in “pansori” music and the bamboo flute “daegeum,” respectively, will be performing alongside many other notable figures in gugak. Lastly, the Jeonggwanheon, or king's lounge ...

Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:04:46 -0700

Thai police said Sunday the man arrested in connection with Bangkok's deadly bombing was being uncooperative, possibly not telling the truth to interrogators and would remain in military custody for at least seven days. Continue reading... Subscribe to ...

Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post
Thu, 14 May 2015 23:00:00 -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 ...

Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:04:58 -0700

The traditional Korean instrument daegeum and the flute, its Western counterpart, will be used in the show “Wood & Steel.” French flautist Jocelyn Mienniel will join daegeum player Lee Ah-ram to show how two similar instruments, despite one being made ...
 
Broadway World
Tue, 12 May 2015 05:18:28 -0700

Composer-pianist Paul Yeon Lee, joined by daegeum bamboo transverse fluteplayer Tae-seog Yun, complements the story with an original musical score. Museum Curator of Asian Ethnology and Anthropology Division Chair Laurel Kendall retells the story of ...
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