Camino de Sangjaru

Music (world music, traditional)

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  • Assembly George Square Studios - Four
  • 12:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: Korea, Republic Of
  • Group: Korean Gipsy Sangjaru, MoonHwaMun - Korean Season by AtoBiz Ltd
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 8 and above (8+)
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


The traditional band Korean Gipsy Sangjaru set out to create ingenious world music based on the Korean traditional culture and arts. It's touching, astonishing and emotional! Inspired by Paulo Coelho's novel The Pilgrimage, the wanderers created diversified musical numbers on the way to Santiago. They created original music by blending tradition and modernity, East and West, youth and old age while on the road Camino de Sangjaru. The musical achievements of three young men, each with two or more Korean traditional instruments, will lead you to a fantastic new world. Join the captivating musical journey!

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access through the glass box into the main studio area. If not taking the lift there are 12 steps down into the performance space. There is level access via Windmill Lane off of Buccleuch Place.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Helen Casey 97 days ago

My partner and I both used the same words when we left this performance. We felt really privileged to have shared this musical and philosophical experience. The words and graphics unified the whole performance, bringing understanding to the emotions expressed through the music. And watching the traditional instruments used so skilfully was fascinating. Thanks for sharing your music and your thoughts.

Minkyung Kwon 101 days ago

Such a beautiful piece of music, overwhelming you throughout the entire show.

As much as I loved the wonderfully collaborated sound of traditional and contemporary musical instruments, seeing all three players so engaged in their instruments and their sharing of stories behind the music they created which was so honest, humble, and genuine, made everything so epic!

Intrepid 103 days ago

Superb musicians. We liked them a lot. They were highly skillful, pleasantly humble and played some truly interesting music.

Victoria Salmon 104 days ago

**** Highly recommended as an enjoyable cross between Korean and Western music, this show entertains, amuses and beguiles the audience into willing these three musicians to succeed. The story of their 800 km journey along the Camino de Santiago carrying and playing their instruments provides a backdrop for the performance. What comes across most strongly is the passion, energy and comraderie of the three musicians and their love of their music.

Richard Collier 107 days ago

This is a fascinating attempt to blend traditional Korean music with some more western influences and I genuinely don’t have the musical knowledge to tell you if it’s successful, but it is fascinating and endearing.

Several times I drifted away on their soundscapes only to realise that what I was listening to was actually some kind of 12 bar blues or similar. It’s like one of those more ethereal Pink Floyd albums where a 20 minute track suddenly ferments into a tune.

The playing and musicianship of the traditional instruments is amazing (a gayageum?). It’s a unique and charming show.

Kirsty Loh 108 days ago

Crazy, endearing and musically brilliant!!

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The Herald [paywall] (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

WE HEAR them before we see them as the three Korean gypsy musicians process into the room amid a clatter of percussion, wearing huge, white candyfloss-like hats. They’re not real gypsies, they point out, although one of their opening numbers sounds as if it might have been derived from Django...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 106 days ago

Curiouser and curiouser, as the extraordinary trio Korean Gypsy Sangjaru conflate Alice in Wonderland with a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela as expressions of their quest to combine traditional Korean and modern western music. There’s no doubting the musicianship and energy of percussionist Kwon HyoChang, Nom SeongHun on the zither-like...

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The List (3/5 stars) 106 days ago

Traditional Korean music with a modern twist...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 111 days ago

The three men who make up the band Korean Gypsy Sangaru travel the world seeking out experiences to influence their work. This concert draws on a trip they took to Spain, where they hiked through the hills to Santiago. Fusing traditional Korean music with global influences, video and animation, this...

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