Music Inspired by Korean Poetry: Sijo in the Settings of Classical, Jazz, to Hip-Hop

Sejong Cultural Society Event

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 4pm

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL

Free admission

The sijo is a traditional Korean poetic form typically exploring cosmological, metaphysical, or pastoral themes. Though less familiar than its Japanese cousin, the haiku, Korean sijo has a similarly rich heritage. In ancient Korea, sijo were written to be not only read, but sung. Even after the tradition of singing sijo ended and it became a form of poetry, the sijo was the most popular form of lyric poetry in Korea for over 500 years and is now considered a classic example of traditional Korean fine arts. This performance explores music inspired by sijo through jazz piano, piano/violin and cello/flute duos, and a hip-hop performance by Elephant Rebellion.

Korean food and drinks will be served at a reception following the performance.


Featuring the music of:

Misook Kim (contemporary classical)
Teddy Niedermaier (contemporary classical)
TBA (jazz)
Elephant Rebellion (hip-hop)
Nan-pa Hong, Soo-hyun Gum, Soo-in Lee (classical Korean art songs)
performed by Ghibong Kim, baritone, and Sojung Lee, piano
Traditional sijo chang
performed by Wol-ha Kim


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