굿 (Gūt)

A collaboration with four Korean composers to reimagine a traditional ritual, exploring the meaning of life and death.

The Project

굿 (Gūt) is a Korean ritual performed by shamans acting as a mediator between the present and past, communicating with ancestors and descendants. The shamans interact with the deceased through different phases: Summoning their spirits, listening and praying to them, and celebrating life with the living in attendance. Each phase involves a variety of songs, dances, ensemble playing using traditional instruments, and other  performing arts practices. 

With generous support from the Arts Council Korea, CAMP is collaborating with four Korean composers to reimagine the ritual, contemplating the meaning of life and death. The commissioned works will be composed for saxophone, percussion, piano, and voice, to be premiered and recorded in the Tampa Bay area during January 2022.

The Composers