This concert event is a top-drawer treat showcasing performances of sankyoku music by core members of the Nihon Sankyoku Association. Sankyoku is a form of Japanese chamber music featuring vocals, koto (Japanese zither), shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and shamisen (Japanese lute).
The program comprises a rich variety of pieces both classic and contemporary. It includes the classic and rarely-performed Okina and Oranda manzai; a kakeai*performance by the Ikuta school and the Yamada school of Shin Musume Dojoji (Kanegamisaki) and Shouchikubai (* a technique whereby singers and players from different traditions perform within the same piece); a lively Shichifukujin with added ohayashi traditional festival music; Uta, composed by Tadao Sawai; and Chikuseimokkyou, composed by Dozan Fujiwara and commissioned for this concert.
The concert features a line-up of top musicians from the Nihon Sankyoku Assocation including Living National Treasures Fumiko Yonekawa, Shouin Yamase and Seikin Tomiyama, as well as Junsuke Kawase(President), Hiroko Nakanoshima (Vice President), Shouji Aoki (Executive Director, the same applies hereinafter), Namino Torii, Souju Nosaka, Shouin Hagioka, Chiyoga Fujii, Toshiko Yonekawa and others, plus next-generation young performers.
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 2014 the Association’s membership stood at 5,600, centered around the Kanto region.
Nihon Sankyoku Association (Nihon Sankyoku kyoukai)
403 Pearl Akasaka, 2-15-12
Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
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National Theatre; Small Theatre (Chiyoda City, Tokyo)