This concert was organized with the aim of carrying on and revitalizing the musical tradition of Kiyomoto-bushi, as well as bringing attention to Kiyomoto-bushi in the Su-joruri style, rather than as a form of music (Jikata) that supports kabuki and Japanese dance. The musical program consisted of three pieces: two classic Kiyomoto songs and one contemporary piece co-composed by Kiyomoto Eizaburō. Because both men and women are carrying on the art of Kiyomoto-bushi and both genders have played active roles in supporting the tradition, the third piece includes a female narrator. We feel the changes brought about by this inclusion, as well as the overall surging emotion of the piece, have presented new opportunities for Kiyomoto-bushi.
1. Ume no Haru
(First performed in 1827, this typical celebratory song describes springtime on the Sumida River.)
2. Ukare Bozu
(First performed in 1929 at the Kabukiza Theater, when Onoe Kikugoro (the sixth) arranged a song in the Tokiwazu-bushi style to Kiyomoto-bushi. The original song was first performed in 1811 at the Ichimura-za theatre in Edo. The unique Kiyomoto-bushi style of expressing Gan-nin Bozu’s role is of particular note.)
3. Shunsho Fukiyose Banashi
(Arranged by the late Nishikawa Koisaburō, this piece expresses the feelings of a geisha for a popular rakugo performer. Co-composed by Kiyomoto Eizaburō. In this presentation of the piece, both men and women performed the Kiyomoto.)
Jōruri: Kiyomoto Sizuko-dayū, Kiyomoto Shizuo-dayū, Kiyomoto Kiyoe-dayū, Kiyomoto Kiyomi-dayū, Kiyomoto Ichi-tayū, Kiyomoto Kunie-dayū, Kiyomoto Hisago-dayū, Kiyomoto Shigemi-dayū, Kiyomoto Nobuaya (female), Kiyomoto Nobujukyō (female)
Shamisen: Kiyomoto Yoshi-jirō, Kiyomoto Eikichi, Kiyomoto Yūjirō, Kiyomoto Saijū, Kiyomoto Yoshi-jūrō, Kiyomoto Shi-ichirō, Kiyomoto Yoshi-ichirō, Kiyomoto Nobuakira (female)
Stage Direction: Kiyono Masatsugu
Production: Kakizawa Yoko, Katoh Shigeharu
Both his grandfather and father were past national living treasures. Shizuko-dayū performs mainly in kabuki theatre. He also teaching Kiyomoto-bushi in Tokyo University of the Arts as a part time lecturer.
Kioi Small Hall (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)