Korea and the Western Drumset by Simon Barker
Scattering Rhythms (SOAS Musicology Series)

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For over a century, drummers have been turning to a variety of percussive traditions as prompts for the creation of new expressive possibilities on the drumset. In this book, Simon Barker sets out in detail the developmental processes he has followed creating an improvisational language for the drumset utilizing Korean rhythm/sticking cells, aesthetic conceptions, improvisatory codes, and developmental procedures. Barker offers historical overviews of Korean traditional rhythmic forms, analysis of rhythmic structures appearing in a variety of styles, an analysis and chronological account of his development of a a /Koreanizeda approach to the drumset, a methodology for performing pa (TM)ansori accompaniment on the drumset, an introduction to Korean extended techniques, and a large collection of drumset studies based on Korean traditional forms such as tasA-rA-m, cha (TM)ilcha (TM)ae, and ritual music structures from Koreaa (TM)s East Coast. Barker also explores physical practices employed by Korean musicians which aid in the development of a relaxed, dynamic approach to performance. He creates a framework for creating an alternative approach to drumset education and performance through an engagement with Koreaa (TM)s extraordinary rhythmic and aesthetic traditions. The volume includes an accompanying CD featuring recordings of developmental exercises, solo drumset improvisations, and ensemble performances, each track representing a subject of discussion within the volume.

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Dr Simon Barker is currently a lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. In addition to his solo work, Simon co-leads several internationally recognized collaborative projects including Band of Five Names, Showa 44, and Chiri. Simon also performs regularly with many of Australia’s most established ensembles including the Phil Slater Qt, and the Matt McMahon Trio.
Published March 28, 2015 by Ashgate Publishing Limited. 150 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.