CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF PUNGMUL DRUMMERS
Ieumsae ("Ee-um-seh"): connector; the transition between two rhythms
Ieumsae is a collective of Korean drummers living in the Bay Area. As Koreans in diaspora, playing together is a powerful spiritual and political act. Through drumming, we are able to connect with and reclaim our cultures and identities, and uphold the legacy of resistance of Pungmul drummers, who were a constant presence during the political uprisings in Korea to end military dictatorship. As Korean immigrants, feminists, queer folks, trans folks, mixed race folks, and adoptees, we take our drumming into the streets and alongside our comrades — bringing energy, rhythm, and solidarity to people resisting police violence, war and imperialism in the US and abroad.
Photography by Scott Tsuchitani, Eugene Kim