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)
For more than half a century since its founding in 1964, GenPouRen has continued to seek to nurture contemporary Japanese music for traditional instruments and explore its prospects through its unflaggingly creative approach.
【Works to Be Performed】
Tokiwazu coomposed by Tokiwazu Eiju
New Nagauta composed by Kineya Katsushiro
New Shamisen piece composed by Honjo Hidetaro
New Koto Piece (Ikuta school) composed byIkegami Shingo
New Koto Piece (Yamada school) composed by Hagioka Shoin
New Shakuhachi Piece composed by Mizukawa Toshiya
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)