Today, the “Japanese music” performed in our country encompasses a diverse array of genres. In many cases, each genre pursues its activities independently, in an almost insular way. However, when thinking about the future development of Japanese music, it is necessary for each genre to not only pursue its own activities, but also to understand and interact with a wide range of other fields.
It was this idea that inspired a number of individuals routinely involved in creative activities to form GenPouRen, a federation of composers of contemporary Japanese music for traditional instruments.
Kineya Seihou (founding member of GenPouRen)
As well as taking the opportunity of its 30th annual concert to look back at the group’s activities over the more than half a century since its founding in 1964, GenPouRen will seek to nurture contemporary Japanese music for traditional instruments and explore its prospects through its unflaggingly creative approach.
【Works to Be Performed】
New Jōruri (Untitled) Composer: Miyako Icchu Performer: Miyako Icchu (shamisen) and others
Solo for Koto Composer: Fukami Satomi Performer: Fukami Satomi (koto)
Music for Bamboo Flutes and Traditional Orchestra (Tentative Title) Composer: Nakagawa Yoshio Performer: Nakagawa Yoshio (nohkan/takebue) and others
Music for Dragon Flute and Small Wind and String Orchestra (Tentative Title) Composer: Shiba Sukeyasu Performer: (to be confirmed)
【New work to commemorate the 30th annual concert】
Premiere of the new work jointly composed by members under the guidance of Imafuji Masataro
【Special commemorative event for the 30th annual concert】
Founding members talk about GenPouRen’s activities over more than half a century (interview to commemorate the 30th anniversary concert)
Founded in 1964 by Kineya Seihou, Tokiwazu Eijyu, Ono Mamoru, Yuize Shinichi, and other leading musicians from the various sections of the traditional Japanese music community.
The group has produced a large number of Living National Treasures and members of the Japan Art Academy, among them Yamamoto Hozan, Shiba Sukeyasu, and Imafuji Masataro. For more than half a century, it has continued to function as the driving force behind Japanese music through its creative activities.
Kioi Hall (Chiyoda City, Tokyo)