Sonagi Project is a Korean percussion ensemble that draws from traditional sources to create new, dynamic Korean music. Founded in 2006 by current artistic director Chang Jae Hyo, the group performs on traditional Korean percussion instruments, with a special focus on the janggu, the horizontal double-headed drum that has been integral to many genres of Korean music throughout its long history. Other instruments include the ggwaengwari (small gong), jing(medium-sized gong), and dungbuk(modified barrel drum). The group breathes new life into Korea’s traditional drumming as it brings these instruments into the twenty-first century, performing traditionally-based yet original repertoire for contemporary
audiences, both domestically and abroad.

Sonagi Project creates music informed by various traditional genres. Influences include pungmul gut (farmers’ percussion band ritual), samulnori (modern percussion quartet), and pansori (traditional vocal art of storytelling)—genres that have roots in Korea’s indigenous shamanic culture; the group also incorporates jeontong minyo (traditional folk songs) as well as elements of Buddhist music. In building on traditional forms to give their music a contemporary sensibility, Sonagi Project takes liberties with certain techniques and rhythms, and at times embraces outside sources. Indeed, some of their original works contain African and Brazilian influences. Yet their music preserves the sentiment, emotion, and spirit of Korean tradition.

The group is currently based in Seoul, South Korea, and has performed in North America, South America, Europe and East Asia, to popular and critical acclaim. They are a leader of Korean music among a new generation of artists and performers that continue to engage in cultural exchange, and are a vibrant force in the world music scene that now flourishes around the globe.

October 10, 2012

Towson University "The Asian Festival" - 12th OCT(Fri) ~ 13th OCT(Sat)

Celebration of Korean Arts & Culture featuring Sonagi Project 
Friday, October 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Towson University Freedom Square

The Asian Arts & Culture Center, Political Engagement Subcommittee and the Department of Danceinvite the University community to engage in dialogue and explore aspects of Korean culture through presentations, performance and a participatory workshop featuring Sonagi Project from Korea. Admission is free and open to the public.

Forest, Wind and Rain: Korean Music by Sonagi Project
Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.; Center for the Arts Kaplan Concert Hall
Sonagi (rain shower in Korean) Project is a group of five young musicians led by Chang Jae-Hyo. The widely acclaimed ensemble creates modern and original works based on Korean traditional music with link to the Shamanic ceremonies. Formally from the vocal and processional traditions of Samulnori and Pansori, Sonagi musicians have developed a new movement, going back to its original emotion which created these musical traditions that linked with fertility, the strength of the elements and the cycles of time. This performance features Jang-Gu (two-head drums) and Pansori (traditional Shamanist chants.) Organized by Surim Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea
$20 general; $15 seniors; $10 AA&CC members and TU students with valid ID.
BUY TICKETS NOW: 410-704-2787;

September 30, 2012

Chile Pepper Fiesta 2012

Saturday, September 29 (11am~6pm) 
Sonagi project 3:30pm~4:30pm

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 20th Annual Chile Pepper Fiesta 2012

Fire breathing. Scorching hot sauce. Chocolate debauchery.

New York’s hottest fall tradition celebrates its 20th anniversary with a full roster of sizzling music and dance from spice-loving regions around the world. Feel the burn as you sample dozens of award-winning hot sauces, spicy pickles, and salsas. Pick up a pepper or two from our chile pepper farm stand, revel in fire juggling, and delight in red-hot workshops for all ages. Chocolate fans will indulge in the heat of artisanal goodies from Brooklyn’s best chile-chocolate creators.

Sonagi Project Korean Drumming  Chicha Libre Hazmat Modine Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble Mariachi Tapatio  WFMU’s Transpacific Sound Paradise Vlada Tomova’s Balkan Tales

September 3, 2012

December 8, 2010


And as a last chapter to this year 2010, Sonagi will tour in Kyushu Island JAPAN until December 10.



It has been an intense Autumn for Sonagi Project members:
A 3rd performance in Seoul National Theater, this time with the YEO WOO RAK festival, first edition of a new event gathering the new generation of percussionists in Korea: DULSORI, GONG MYUNG, NOREUMMACHI and SONAGI PROJECT.

Then a participation to the SORI FESTIVAL in Jeon Ju.
... where SONAGI has been awarded of the best performance prize!
by Su Rim Culture Foundation, KOREA.
Thank you so much!

October 27, 2010

Festival Glatt und Verkehrt 2010

A wonderful moment near the Danube river, practicing in an old church with 2 great artists: Hahn Rowe and Okkyung Lee. The result has been intense, and has open new creative doors to Sonagi Project.

Thanks again to everyone in Krems. What a wonderful audience!

July 7, 2010

Festival Glatt & Verkehrt 20110

Samstag 31. 07.  Winzer Krems 18:00

Sonagi Project feat. Okkyung Lee & Hahn Rowe / Korea, USA
JANG JAE HYO vocals, janggo, kwenggari
RYU SEUNG PYO janggo, kwenggari
YIM MI JOUNG janggo, kwenggari, buk
KIM HANA janggo, kwenggari, buk, jing
AN DAMI janggo, kwenggari, jing
HAHN ROWE violin, electronics

The music of the Sonagi Project rests on two pillars: the traditional music of the Korean peninsula, including elements of Shaman rituals, and a cosmopolitan sensibility for rhythm.

The two-membrane jang-gu drums, gongs and pansori chants are the sound basics in a Sonagi Project concert. But what is so special about Korean music? Ensemble head Chang Jae Hyo Chang: “If China has a wonderful diversity of harmonies and Japan a deeper relationship to sound itself, then Korea may be the rhythmical face of this part of Asia.”

The quintet regularly offers workshops and likes to work with artists from other styles. For their performance at Glatt&Verkehrt this implies the encounter with two extraordinarily versatile representatives of the Korean avant-garde diaspora in New York: cellist Okkyung Lee terms herself a “professional noise maker” and published CDs with titles like “I saw the ghost of an unknown soul and it said…” or “Check for monsters”. In 2010 she worked as Artist in Residence in Krems. The Sonagi Project’s second guest for this night is Hahn Rowe, who has worked with Brian Eno, David Byrne and R.E.M., as well as in numerous film and theatre projects, and who, according to his own words “strums around on the guitar, saws on the violin” and “operates knobs”…

>> Onlinetickets