Kim Soo-chul

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Kim Soo-chul
Revised RomanizationGim Su-cheol
McCune–ReischauerKim Such'ŏl

Kim Soo-chul (surname Kim; also spelled Kim Soochul or Kim Suchol; b. April 7, 1957) is a South Korean musician and composer. He often works with Korean traditional instruments, integrating them with Western instruments.[1] He has composed a number of film scores and has experimented with the use of the electric guitar to play sanjo, a traditional Korean instrumental genre.

Kim's stated goal is "to introduce the sound of traditional Korean music to a global audience."[1]

Early Life[edit]

Kim Soo-chul was born in April 7th, 1957 in South Korea. When Soo-chul was young, he loved to play many instruments and practiced ten hours a day. While in high school, he performed with the trio Fire Fox. In 1977, he was accepted to Kwangwoon University. At there, he formed the quartet “Little Big Man”, with fellow students Kim Jang Won-mo (bass), Choir Soo-ill (drums), and Keung-Sung (keyboards). In 1978, as “Little Big Man”, he attended national college campus festival contest conference and received the grand prize with the song, "Seven Colored Rainbow." Because of this, the group “Little Big Man”, became known to the public. Kim Soo-chul and his group members played high-energy fusion of rock, jazz, folk, and soul music. In 1981, “Little Big Man” disbanded following their graduation.


1983-1984: Best Signer of the Year[edit]

After “Little Big Man” disbanded, Soo-chul worked for his career as a soloist. He released his debut solo album, Little Giant, in August 1983. The album included the songs, “The One Flower That Could Not Bloom" and "I Will Not Fall in Love Again”. By this album, the Korean Broadcasting System named him Best Singer of the Year in 1984, and won 16 other prizes.

1987-1990: Success and failure[edit]

Soo-chul composed the traditional dance piece "The World of Spirits” in 1987. It was performed by dance troupe Kim Hun Hee, and won the grand prize at the ninth annual Korean Dance Festival. After receiving the prize, Soo-chul was inspired to record his first album of traditional music. The album was a major flop. However, label Seoul Records, which Soo-chul was included, stopped distribution because it failed to sell more than 200 copies. After the failure, he kept tried to record additional traditional albums, but none of them produced good result.

1990-present: Purpose[edit]

During 1990 he toured with a stage show, Guitar Sanjo, that combined his electric guitar playing with a traditional group. In 2002, he released a Korea-Japan World Cup opening song in 2002. Even though he received many hardships, he continued to work for his goal which was "to introduce the sound of traditional Korean music to a global audience."


  • Sori for Invocation
  • Tae-Baek-San-Maek
  • Guitar Sanjo (2002, Living Sound Productions)

Film Scores[edit]

Additional titles are listed in entry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Kim Soo-chul: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Whale Hunting". Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  3. ^ Seo, Hyun-Suk. "To Catch a Whale: A brief History of Lost Fathers, Idiots, and Gangsters in Korean Cinema". Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Dirty Mob, The". Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Place in the Sun - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllRovi. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Kyongmachang Kanungil - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllRovi. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Hanji (2011) - Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 25 December 2011.

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