Sijo and Music

Sijo-inspired music of all genres

Originally, sijo were first and foremost written as songs and performed with musical accompaniment. In continuing this tradition, the Sejong Cultural Society has begun to collaborate with numerous musicians from a range of different genres in creating musical works based on and featuring sijo. Through modern and popular mainstream genres of music, we hope that contemporary prize-winning and classic sijo will be used in works that may appeal to the younger generations. In the future, we hope to see sijo expressed through a wide variety of media forms.

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

October 2017, Poetry Foundation

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hip-hop | jazz | Korean art songs | contemporary classical
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Elephant Rebellion and Suwan Choi


Elephant Rebellion
TJ “TJ GT” Ayodele
Elgin “DJ LOKari” Bokari
Mergen “Monotone” Batdelger
and Suwan Choi, jang-gu

"They Say Go"

based on "Still American" by Roberto Santos, winner of the 2013 Sejong Writing Competition sijo category

Still American
They say go, return to land that I don't know. It makes no sense.
Born and raised American, so Mexico is still foreign.
Culture kept, but this is my home. Immigrant, no: Hispanic.

"Be Here"

based on "Chung-sang-ri" by Hwang Chin-i (c. 1506-1560), one of the most famous courtesans in Korean history

Chung-sang-ri (Jade Green Stream)
Jade Green Stream, Don’t boast so proud of your easy passing through these blue hills
Once you have reached the broad sea, to return again will be hard,
While the Bright Moon fills these empty hills, why not pause? Then go on, if you will.


Columbia College Chicago Jazz Combo and Scott Hall

Korean Art Songs

Ghibong Kim and Sojung Lee

Contemporary Classical

Misook Kim and Teddy Niedermaier