This concert series is a top-drawer performance of both classic and contemporary pieces of Japanese sankyoku music by core members of the Nihon Sankyoku Association. Sankyoku is a form of Japanese chamber music featuring vocals, koto (Japanese zither), shamisen (Japanese lute), and shakuhachi (Japanese flute). The richly varied program comprises eight pieces, ranging from classic to contemporary, including Shiki no nagame (View of the Four Seasons), Hachi no ki, Sumiyoshi, Kaede no hana (Maple Flower), and Yuka Takechi’s composition, Fragments from William Shakespeare (commissioned for this concert).
The concert features a line-up of top musicians from the Nihon Sankyoku Association, including Living National Treasures Fumiko Yonekawa (Honorary President) and Shoin Yamase (Honorary President), as well as Junsuke Kawase (President) and executive directors of the association, Hiroko Nakanoshima, Chiyoga Fujii, Toshiko Yonekawa, and Showa Yamato. They will also be joined on stage by an array of up-and-coming young performers.
【Nihon Sankyoku Association】
Public Interest Incorporated Association Nihon Sankyoku Association The Association works towards the promotion and promulgation of the koto, shamisen and shakuhachi, and towards exchange between the various schools of sankyoku. Through these efforts, the aim is to contribute to the promotion of Japanese traditional arts and the development of traditional Japanese music culture. Specific activities centering around public interest enterprise include performances such as “Nihon no hibiki” and the regular concert series “Sankyoku meiryu ensoukai”; the Association’s educational arm which consists of school visits by performing musicians and short courses for teachers about traditional Japanese instruments; and its young performing musician development programs such as the Sankyoku Shorei Kai (a society for the promotion of sankyoku) and the Kodomo Ensoukai concerts for children. At the end of March 2016 the Association’s membership stood at 5,200, centered around the Kanto region.
Nihon Sankyoku Association (Nihon Sankyoku kyoukai)
Peal Akasaka #403, 2-15-12, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
National Theatre (Small Theatre) （Chiyoda City, Tokyo）