The Hougaku Quartet’s activities to date have taken a three-pronged approach: the high-profile commissioning of new works by up-and-coming composers, the revival of modern masterpieces of traditional Japanese music, and the group’s cornerstone activity, performance in the “sankyoku” or classical chamber music style. This tenth performance represents a milestone for the group.
Yutaka Makino: Four profiles (1966)
Mitsuhasi-koto: Sho Chiku Bai
Yoshiro Vladimir Irino: Shi-Dai [The four elements: earth, water, fire and wind] (1978)
Alain Moëne: Le projet (2018) Commissioned by Hougaku Quartet, World premiere
Koto (13-stringed Koto), Sangen, 17-stringed Koto: Noriko Hirata, Yuko Terai, Hiroyasu Nakajima
Shakuhachi: Reison Kuroda
Re-envisioning contemporary Japanese music, the Hougaku Quartet explores everything from traditional sounds to cutting-edge new compositions, all performed on traditional instruments and in the classic “Sankyoku” ensemble style. A trailblazing group, the Hougaku Quartet carries out its mission of both sustaining and expanding tradition by commissioning new works and reviving performances of masterpieces of Japanese modern music composed since the 1960s. This dynamic group of young virtuoso musicians, trained in the rigorous world of traditional Japanese music, is dedicated to creating music for today and for the future. The first CD “Teruyuki NODA WORKS for JAPANESE INSTRUMENTS” has nominated ‘Special Choice of the Month’ by the Record Geijutsu, a CD review journal.
KEYAKI Hall KOGA MASAO Museum of Music, Shibuya City, Tokyo