* Date : 2016-11-15
We sit down with Kim Duk-soo, the creator and master of samulnori who will receive the Bang Il-young Gugak Award, which is known as the Nobel Prize in the Gugak industry on November 19th.
He is the third generation of the namsadang troupe, and in 1957 at the age of five, he followed his father, Kim Moon-hak to join the namsadang troupe as a boy dancer. He is an original entertainer by birth.
Kim Duk-soo has been on the path of an entertainer for 59 years, and on "The INNERview," he shares with us the beginnings of samulnori, which was considered a bizarre case in the world of Gugak. He also tells us his efforts in promoting samulnori to all corners of the world.
The first samulnori performances was in 1964 at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Since then, he has performed on various international arenas. Out of the many, he cannot forget the touching performance in 1982 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Dallas, United States. It's because it was the day when samulnori was first performed on the global music stage.
He reflects into the past and tells us that samulnori began as a group name like the Beatles and Cho Yong-pil and The Great Birth. He also revealed that it became the name of a genre.
Kim Duk-soo is celebrating his 60th anniversary next year. He is a true artist who added innovation to tradition. Learn about the passionate story of Kim Duk-soo on "The INNERview."