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The Ritual Music of South Korea’s East Coast (Joureney to korean music)

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The Ritual Music of South Korea’s East Coast Donghaean Byeolsingut is a shamanistic ritual that is performed in fishing villages located on the East Coast of Korea. In each of the villages where the ritual is held, its function is both religious and festive. Being held in villages where most of the residents make their living by fishing, Donghaean Byeolsingut largely serves as an appeal for a good catch and a prayer to the Dragon King—the god of the ocean—to keep the fishermen safe. Dureonggaengi: Essence of the Donghaean Byeolsingut Rhythm Rhythm represents a very important part of traditional Korean music, effectively defining its structure, its flow, and even its mood. While a variety of traditional rhythms have been passed down and are being performed in Korea today, the Donghaean Byeolsingut rhythm, which is performed around the East Coast, carries a special meaning; it has the most complicated and convoluted structure of any Korean rhythm, and it also involves free, improvised variations. This significance is perhaps the reason why the Donghaean Byeolsingut rhythm sometimes resembles a tranquil pond, and sometimes the rolling ocean. The dureonggaengi rhythm that will be presented today is the most free and primitive rhythm of any originating in Korea, and indeed can be called the essence of Korean traditional rhythms. Artist Kim Jung-hee (Jang go), Jo Jong-hun (Ggwaenggwari) Park Beom-tae (Jing)