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
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
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.
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.