Eolssigu! The sounds of Korea
In several traditional Korean musical practices it is common to hear the percussionist or just an audience member cry out eolsiggu! (pronounced “oisshigo”). This expression is rich in meanings and difficult to translate exactly, but its aim is both to encourage the soloist and convey zeal for the performance. It is a term imbued with ambiguity not only in its definition but also in its use, being both expressive and vibrant in the context of musical practices. These were the qualities that led us to choose eolssigu as the emblem of the venture into the Korean sonic universe we hereby introduce.
This publication accompanies the exhibition of the same name, which has been created jointly by the National Gugak Center of Seoul and the Museu de la Música de Barcelona, and held at the latter from October 2017 to June 2018. Meanwhile, it also seeks to compensate for the general absence of publications in the Catalonian and Spanish languages on the musical instruments, music, and especially the classical/traditional musical practices of Korea.