This is an excerpt from Daorum’s concert at the Atrium, as part of Lincoln Center’s Target Free Thursdays. Kim Seok Chul was a Korean shaman, and national treasure, or “intangible asset” as is it is termed in Korea, where these artists are given identifying numbers.
Barker is a well respected jazz drummer in his own right, and after his solo, he describes the odyssey that brought him face to face with Intangible Asset Number 82.

Barker describes the solo thusly: “(the) solo features an introduction that includes rhythms from a form of secular music related to Buddhism. The second section is an improvisation on a “farmers music” rhythm called Ch’il Ch’ae. The third section is an improvisation featuring sticking patterns from all over Korea and my own things as well. Section five is based on rhythms performed (within) Kim Seok Chul’s music.”

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