Music Inspired by Korean Poetry:
Sijo Poems in Settings from Classical to Hip-Hop

Hosted by the Poetry Foundation

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 (Wheaton Conservatory, contemporary classical)
Teddy Niedermaier (Roosevelt University, contemporary classical)
Scott Hall (Columbia College, jazz ensemble)
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


Street parking is available in the vicinity of the building.

Public parking is available at One Superior Place (1 W Superior St) at the corner of Superior & Dearborn, or at 750 N. Dearborn St.

The Poetry Foundation can be reached via CTA Red Line or Brown Lines to the Chicago Avenue stop, CTA Bus Route 22 to Huron and Clark (Southbound), or Huron and Dearborn (Northbound).