A concert of pieces by composer Masataro Imafuji, holder of the Important Intangible Cultural Property designation (nagauta shamisen). Works performed comprised Masataro’s own works, “Funa-watashi muko” and “A Collection of Short Pieces”; “Edoganoko otoko dojoji,” a piece composed through a process of restoration by several people including Masataro, under a restoration project for Edo period nagauta music chaired by Masataro; and also “Nue,” a work by next-generation Japanese traditional music “Hogaku” musicians who Masataro has high expectations for.
Naokichi Kineya, Shinzo Fujita, Hideko Kineya, Choichiro Imafuji (vocal)
Seikin Tomiyama, Yoshijiro Imafuji, Eihachiro Kineya (shamisen)
Toshiko Yonekawa (koto)
Born in 1935, graduated from faculty of music (Department of Traditional Japanese Music) in the Tokyo University of the Arts, and studied under Yoshimura IshiroX, Imafuji ChojuroIII, Imafuji Ayako and Yamada Shotaro. In 1962, Masataro won 1st Prize in the Tokyo Shimbun Japanese Music Competition (composition division) with his “Suite on Nohgaku-bayashi.” Since then he has composed many works, including film music, in addition to performing. He has won numerous awards including the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts (2004) and the Japan Art Academy Award (2010). He is the holder of the Important Intangible Cultural Property designation (nagauta shamisen).
Executive Committee of
Kioi Small Hall, Chiyoda City, Tokyo