Hogaku works created by the Soho 21 members–a wide range of Japanese traditional-instrument music in the present-progressive form, transcending existing frameworks and musical types while building on a foundation of traditional Japanese music–will be presented in today’s most outstanding performances.
(1) “Ibun ShakkyouIshibashi (Strange Tale of Shakkyou)” – Original concept and plan by Masaki Imafuji; words by Tai Kaneko; composed by Masaki Imafuji, Masataro Imafuji and Jogu Kineya; hayashi-instrument arrangement by Kiyoyuki Tosha
(2) “Semimaru Nidai (Semimaru – Two Themes)” – Words by Tai Kaneko; composed by Toru Fukuhara and Chuichiro Matsunaga
(3) “Tsukiyo (Moonlit Night)” – Poem by Toson Shimazaki; composed by Yoshijiro Imafuji
(4) “Tenkyu (Rain from a Cloudless Sky)” – composed by Toshiko Yonekawa
(5) “Maguma” – Words by Tai Kaneko; composed by Mitaro Kineya; hayashi-instrument arrangement by Roei Tosha
(6) “Omote (Face)” – Words by Tai Kaneko; composed by Chotatsuro Imafuji and Eikichi Kiyomoto
Principal performers: the Soho 21 members
Starting in September 1996, aspiring creators from various genres of hogaku (traditional Japanese music) gathered for a series of study meetings, with the aim of creating a new type of hogaku while maintaining a foundation of tradition. In January 1997, 13 members of the study group launched Soho 21, and in March they established a literary division. They subsequently organized numerous research sessions and trial performances, and in May of 2000 they presented the first concert of their own works. Ever since, they have given concerts almost once a year. This concert will be the 14th. Once or twice yearly since 2010, they have also been holding the open class “Sousaku-no-kimo (Vital Points of Creation),” in which they analyze works and suggest approaches to listening.
Kioi Small Hall (Chiyoda City, Tokyo)