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The Fourth Insa-dong Street Soripan (인사동 거리소리판4)

This is the fourth part in a series that documents the 2016 Sunday-afternoon street performances in Insa-dong by Park Tae-o and other “Ttorang Gwangdae” (또랑광대). See also part1, part2, and part3). Today, the performance started two hours later and took … Continue reading

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The Third Insa-dong Street Soripan (인사동 거리소리판3)

This is the third part in a series that documents the 2016 Sunday-afternoon street performances in Insa-dong by Park Tae-o and other Ttorang Gwangdae (see part1 and part2) This time, the Street Soripan almost did not take place. The owner … Continue reading

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The Second Insa-dong Street Soripan (인사동 거리소리판2)

It seemed as if even more people than last time listened to the second Street Soripan in Insa-dong! The program was diverse as usual, with regulars Park Tae-o (박태요) and Jo Sang-min (조상민) providing pansori songs, drum beats, and some … Continue reading

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They’re Alive! First Insa-dong Street Soripan after Ten Years (인사동 거리소리판1)

Perfect timing! On Easter Sunday, a small street performance in bustling Insa-dong (인사동 거리 소리판) gave hope that the Ttorang Gwangdae (또랑광대) are not (yet) history. Well, they are already pansori history, after ten years. But this first step might … Continue reading

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Back in the Early Years of this Century: Kim Myeong-ja’s “Super Wrestling”

When tuning in Gugak Hanmadang (국악한마당) on KBS this Saturday noon, I was surprised to see, besides some rather predictable fusion acts, the great Kim Myeong-ja (김명자), perform her piece “Mrs. Super’s Wrestling Match” (슈퍼댁 씨름대회 출전기). Hae-kyung Um, who’s … Continue reading

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Ten Years Ttorang Gwangdae

Ten years ago, a group of young pansori singers wrote a short manifesto about the state of the art. They also added a new term to the vocabulary of those interested in pansori as it is today: Enter the Ttorang … Continue reading

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