What is Sanjo?

What is Sanjo?

Sanjo, literally meaning ‘scattered melodies’, is a style of traditional Korean music, involving an instrumental solo accompanied by drumming on the janggu, an hourglass-shaped drum. The art of sanjo is a real crystallization of traditional Korean melody and rhythm which may have been handed down by rote generation after generation.

What instruments are used in Sanjo?

Almost every Korean traditional musical instrument is used in sanjo: gayageum, geomungo, daegeum, haegeum, piri, taepyeongso, ajaeng, danso . Sanjo was said to be developed around 1890 by Kim Chang-jo (1865–1920) for the gayageum.

What is Daegeum sanjo?

Daegeum sanjo, played on the daegeum (a traditional Korean transverse flute) was developed in the 1920s. It has since become one of the most popular forms of sanjo. Its leading practitioner today is Yi Saenggang . Sanjo is traditionally identified as a form of minsogak, or folk music.

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