• From the President
• Minutes of 1998 AKMR Meeting
• Margaret Dilling Prize
• News and Announcements
• Recent Publications
• News from AKMR Members
• AKMR Information
YouYoung Kang, Editor
506 Towne Avenue #3
Claremont, CA 91711
U. S. A.
From the President
At the 1998 Society for Ethnomusicology annual meeting in Bloomington, there were an impressive range of papers dealing with Korean music, both in sessions entirely on Korea and also in sessions organised in non-geographic ways; most of these sessions were well-attended. This was very pleasing to see, and very encouraging for our subject. Following our policy of organising AKMR panels at alternate meetings of SEM, Andrew Killick has submitted abstracts for a panel on emotion and meaning in Korean music at the 1999 Austin meeting, and a number of independent papers have been submitted as well.
The year 2000 meeting is part of the mega-conference planned for 1-5 November in Toronto, in conjunction with the American Musicological Society, Society for Music Theory, College Music Society, and several others. It's a chance for AKMR to parade its talent, but the competition for space on the program will be more intense than usual, and we should design our papers to appeal not just to ethnomusicologists, but to a greater range of music scholars. The AKMR Officers would appreciate any input on how we might best deal with the combination of opportunity and chaos that such a mega-meeting brings, so please offer some suggestions.
AKMR will eventually have its own Internet discussion list, and that will give us the wonderful chance to talk over our favorite subject without having to wait for the annual meeting. But we need to continue to spread our wings and not live in the isolation that so frequently characterizes Korean studies: please join other discussion lists (such as those of SEM, AMS, and SMT), where current disciplinary issues are actively discussed. Andrew Killick has recently been giving intriguing and well-conceived contributions on fieldwork to the SEM list, for example, and this can only enhance the image of scholarship on Korean music.
The Officers have now put together the guidelines for the Marnie Dilling Prize, details of which appear elsewhere in this Newsletter. Thanks to Okon Hwang for spearheading the deliberations! The next step will be fundraising to create an endowment for the Prize.
The AKMR Web page continues to be consulted regularly and occasionally produces a request for particular information on Korean music. Newsletters 1 to 5 are all available on the site, and a recent addition is a full index to the Han'guk ûmak charyo ch'ongsô collection of facsimile documents published by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts (Kungnip kugagwôn) over the past two decades; the index is available in both romanized text and Korean text (for which one needs appropriate fonts). As always we're open to offers of material for the Web site, especially bibliographies, draft papers or articles (for discussion), translations, announcements relating to Korean music, and the like.
Warmest thanks to YouYoung Kang for loyally preparing an excellent Newsletter time after time, and to Okon Hwang for managing the money and keeping the rest of the Officers doing what they should.
Please come to Austin if you can, and do submit paper abstracts for the year 2000 mega-meeting in Toronto!
Robert C. Provine
Minutes of the 1998 AKMR Meeting
Indiana Memorial Union
Friday, October 23
Meeting was called to order by Pres. Robert Provine at 6:40 pm.
Financial report from October 1, 1997 to September 30, 1998 by Secretary/Treasurer Okon Hwang:
Income: dues $240 + donation $52 + dividend $10.59 = $302.59
Expense: Apr 98 mailing $59.35 Oct. 98 mailing $63.90 = $123.25
Difference: $179.34 in black
Newsletter announcement by President Provine for the Editor YouYoung Kang: Please notify the Editor if there is any news to share with other Koreanists.
Election results: The AKMR election took place by means of a default: there was one nomination for each officer:
President: Robert Provine
Newsletter Editor: YouYoung Kang
Secretary/Treasurer: Okon Hwang
Members at Large: Keith Howard and Charles Starrett (Student Rep.)
Andrew Killick is continuing as Member-at-Large for one more year.
1. AKMR Web page
# Korean music CD discography will be available.
# Index to the Korean Musicological Data (Han'guk ûmakhak charyo ch'ongsô) will be available. It will require Korean fonts.
# Possible inclusion of a list of Korean music dissertation from the West
# Possible inclusion of SEM abstracts on Korean music
2. Report on Dr. Lee Hye-Ku's 90th birthday celebration in Korea
3. Remark on Indiana Archive on Korean music as "not that impressive"
4. Encouragement to AKMR members to attend ACMR meetings
5. A remark on the successful Koreanists presence at this year's conference
A discussion on the AKMR 99 panel in Austin, Texas: Andrew Killick will organize the panel.
An update on e-mail discussion list by Charles Starrett.
Correction on the Lee Hye-Ku Award by Kwon Oh-Sung. It was established and will be awarded by the Korean Musicological Society.
Announcement on Marnie Dilling Archive at Berkeley by Susie Lim: "Dilling Collection" will soon be available via Berkeley library web page: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MUSI/archives.html. To complete the archive, Susie Lim asked people to inform her if anybody has her work in their possession.
The establishment of the AKMR Award for the best student paper on Korean music presented at SEM by the unanimous vote.
A Brief introduction of each member attending the meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 8 pm.
Margaret Dilling Prize
Purpose: The Margaret Dilling Prize recognizes the most distinguished student paper on Korean music presented at the SEM annual meeting.
Award: $50 US (amount to be reviewed from time to time)
Regularity: Annual. The prize may be withheld by decision of the committee.
Eligibility: Any student who presents, in person, a formal paper at the SEM annual meeting shall be eligible for the prize. A student shall be defined as a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program when an abstract to SEM was submitted. AKMR Officers are ineligible for the prize.
Application Process: Students who wish to have their papers onsidered for the Dilling Prize should submit to the Secretary or another Officer of the Association for Korean Music Research (AKMR) the following items not later than the end of the AKMR annual business/membership meeting during the SEM annual conference in which the paper is read: 1) an application form (available from the Secretary), 2) six copies of the paper, and 3) one copy of any audio-visual components. The paper and audio-visual components submitted is to be the version presented during the conference.
Administration: The selection committee shall be comprised of AKMR Officers and will be chaired by a member-at-large of AKMR. Entries will be judged solely on the content of the papers (including the use of the audio and video examples submitted). The chair of the committee is responsible for distributing the papers and audio-visual materials to committee members. A decision on the Prize will be made by the February 15 following the SEM annual meeting.
News and Announcements
International Symposium for Korean Musicology
The Second International Symposium for Korean Musicology was convened by the Society for Korean Historico-Musicology with the School of Korean Traditional Arts and the Korean National University of Arts on November 6-7, 1998 at the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea.
Song Bang-song, president of the Society, gave the welcoming address and Lee Kang-sook, president of Korean National University of Arts, the celebrating address at the start of proceedings.
The presentations at the meeting included:
# Keynote address: “Korean Musicology Toward 21st Century” (Prof. Song)
# “Teaching Methodology in Korean Percussion Band Music” (Nathan Hesselink)
# “On the Publication Date of Siyong Hyangakpo,” (Kim Yong)
# “The Present State of Studies in Chinese Music Theory” (O Kum-dok)
# “Japanese Scales in Music Textbooks of Primary School” (Hong Yang-ja)
# “Problems of Creative Activities at Primary School” (Hyon Kyong-sil)
# “Military Musicians of Yi Dynasty in the Late 19th Century” (Uemura Yukjo)
# “On Melodic Development of Chinese Zheng Music” (Huang Hao-yin)
# “Revolutionary Songs of North Korea and Japanese Songs” (Min Kyong-ch'an)
# “Resistant Songs Toward Japanese Colony” (Kim Tok-kyun)
# Final Discussion (Kwon O-sung)
The program for the symposium also included a synopsis of the past ten-years' activities in Korean music research within Korea.
U. C. Berkeley Symposium
"Korean Folk Music Engaging the Modern World," a one day symposium and concert of traditional Korean music will be held in Wheeler Auditorium, U.C. Berkeley Campus on May 1, 1999. Speakers/performers include: Keith Howard, Nathan Hesselink, Lee Chae-suk, Chan Park, and The Korean Zither Musicians' Society.
Halla Huhm Collection
The Halla Huhm Foundation announces the availability of the Halla Huhm Dance Collection, which documents the professional life of Korean dancer Halla Pai Huhm and Korean dance in Hawai'i from the early 1900s through 1997. The collection contains 700+ items of correspondence, flyers, programs, and newspaper clippings; 6,500+ photographs; videotapes; awards; and other memorabilia. The Halla Huhm Collection provides a broad range of information on immigrant traditions in the Hawaiian Islands and Korean dance and costuming. The use of the Collection is available by appointment, and a catalog is available for purchase. The Catalog (180 pp.) includes an annotated list of all items in the Collection, chronology of Korean immigration to Hawai'i, and a list of suggested readings. For more info, contact: Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1881 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 956-7041 OR Mary Jo Freshley, Halla Huhm Dance Studio, 1502-B S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826; (808) 949-2888.
Dilling Collection at UCB
The contents list of the Margaret Walker Dilling Collection at UC-Berkeley can be viewed at: Dilling Collection. If you have anything to contribute to this collection or have information that should be cross-referenced to this collection, please contact Judy Tsou at: email@example.com.
Asian American Arts Funding
Terence Liu, the Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator for the Public Corporation for the Arts in Long Beach, California has information about traditional arts funding that would be useful to practitioners of Korean traditional music and dance in California and to scholars working with them. For an upcoming project for this summer, he is looking for Korean music groups and scholars to perform on a special program on the Pacifica Radio Station (KPFK). For more information on this radio (and 3-minute video) opportunity or for general information on traditional arts funding in California or elsewhere in the U.S. contact: Dr. Tererence Liu, Public Corporation for the Arts, 434 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 570-1932; Terry.Liu@tapnet.org.
Korea Society Lecture Series
The Korea Society of New York announces a series of Korean music presentations by Jin Hi Kim, prominent komungo artist and composer. Starting in the Spring of 1999, Ms. Kim will begin a three-year tour of college campuses, sponsored in part by the Korea Society. For more information, contact: Gretchen Sampsen at (212) 759-7525, ext.15 OR The Korea Society, 950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022-2705.
Lincoln Center Performance
A performance of Korean traditional performing arts was held at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on Oct. 24, 1998. The concert, sponsored by the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association in New York, featured four 'Intangible Cultural Assets': Lee Eun Kwan, Kim Il Goo, Shin Young Hee, and Kim Chung Man in a program that included Fan Dance, P'ansori, Ajaeng solo, Sûngmu, Sinawi, Paebaengi-Kut, Hôngch'um, Ch'anggûk, and Samulnori.
The Lee Hye-Ku Prize (AKMR Newsletter 5, Oct. 1998) is awarded by the Korean Musicological Society, not Seoul National University. The editor apologizes for the error.
Kim, Chul-Hwa, "The Musical Ideology and Style of Isang Yun, as Reflected in his Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra” (DMA diss., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997), 157 pp.
Kim, Jeongmee, "The Diasporic Composer: The Fusion of Korean and German Musical Cultures in the Works of Isang Yun” (PhD diss., UCLA, 1999), 288 pp.
Kim Sônghye, compiler, Han'guk ûmak kwallyôn hagwi nonmun ch'ongmok, 1945-1995 (Dissertations relating to Korean music 1945-1995) (Seoul: Minsogwôn, 1998).
Provine, Robert C., "Rethinking Authenticity in Korean Traditional Music", in Yi Hyegu paksa kusun kinyôm ûmakhak nonch'ong (Seoul: Yi Hyegu haksulsang unyông wiwônhoe, 1998), pp. 585-596.
____, "Korean Music: Percussion, Power, History and Youth", East European Meetings in Ethnomusicology (Romanian Society for Ethnomusicology) 5 (1998), 61-71.
____, "My Experiences with 'The Institute', Kungnip kugagwôn", Koreana: Korean Art & Culture (Korea Foundation), 12/4 (1998), 28-31.
Yi Hyegu paksa kusun kinyôm ûmakhak nonch'ong (Essays in Musicology: An Offering in Celebration of Lee Hye-Ku on his Ninetieth Birthday) (Seoul: Yi Hyegu haksulsang unyông wiwônhoe, 1998), 630 pp. Contains Western-language articles by Keith Howard, Byong Won Lee, William P. Malm, L.E.R. Picken, Robert C. Provine, Martina Deuchler, Rulan C. Pian, Keith Pratt, and Barbara Smith.
(Thanks to Robert Provine for publications information. The editor asks members to send in news of their own work and of other recent publications.)
News from AKMR Members
Andrew Killick has put together an AKMR panel proposal for the 1999 SEM meeting in Austin, Texas:
MEANING AND EMOTION IN KOREAN MUSIC
convened by Andrew P. Killick
* Keith Howard: " `It's in the Air We Breathe': Korean Perceptions of Korean Music"
* Um Hae-Kyung: "Imagining Music: The Construction of Meaning and Emotion in the Music of Korea and the Korean Diasporas of the Former Soviet Union and China"
* Lee Byong Wong: "Tension and Release as Physical and Auditory Signs of Affect in Korean Music"
* Jocelyn Clark: "Emotion and Meaning in the Early Chosôn Period: The Debate Over Yôak"
* Sheen Dae-Cheol: "Meaning and Emotion in North Korean `National Music'"
(Look for more information on the Panel in the Fall Newsletter.) Andrew Killick also writes that he has accepted a tenure-track position at Florida State University. Congratulations!
Okon Hwang has been busy with scholarship. Her article "A Study on Korean Aspects in Korean Popular Music" was included in an 1998 publication by The Fifth International Conference on Korean Studies in Osaka, Japan. She has contributed a section to "Korea: Ancient and Modern" for The Rough Guide to World Music which will be published this year in London. She also wrote "Music of Asian Americans: Korean-Americans" for the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music vol. 3 last year. She received a Connecticut State University Research Grant for a research in Korea for her sabbatical leave during the summer and the fall of 1999. Her e-mail address until January 31, 2000 is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susie Lim writes on Hanmadang P'ungmulp'ae at U.C. Berkeley:
U.C. Berkeley has a strong p'ungmul group nearby -- the Hanmadang P'ungmulp'ae at the Korean Youth Cultural Center in Oakland, which many may know through Marnie Dilling's work. They have performed on numerous occasions at U.C. Berkeley and offer p'ungmul lessons for the larger community.
Last year, a couple members of Hanmadang P'ungmulp'ae and I brought p'ungmul instructions onto the Berkeley campus. Through a program called "Democratic Californian" where students are allowed to offer a course, we taught 15 students the art of p'ungmul (and some minyo) and finished the semester with a wonderful outdoor performance. We owe special thanks to Kathy Foley of U.C. Santa Cruz for letting us borrow their changgos and to the Hanmandang group for the other instruments and outfits used in the performance.
As a result of the positive feedback from our students and the interest expressed by other students, the p'ungmul class has been offered again this term. Nathan Hesselink and Hanmadang members are now preparing the students for their performance on May 1, when they will open the symposium on Korean music here at Berkeley with a bang!
In the Fall of 1998, Bonnie Wade taught a class on the music of China, Korea, and Japan in which she included a performance section where students had an opportunity for hands-on experience with the music. Ho-Jung Choi of Hanmadang was brought in to teach p'ungmul performance for five weeks. Bonnie Wade also received a $1000 teaching grant to purchase samulnori instruments for the music deparment at Berkeley, making it possible to continue offering p'ungmul at U.C. Berkeley.
The Association for Korean Music Research is dedicated to the advancement of the research and study of Korean music. Individual members of AKMR receive the AKMR Newsletter and may vote and participate in the activities of AKMR. Membership dues are $10 (US). All inquiries about membership and payment of membership dues (payable to "AKMR") should be addressed to:
Dr. Okon Hwang
Fine Arts Department
Shafer Hall 4
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, CT 06226