This is the 13th concert of new Hogaku [Japanese traditional music] created by the members of SOHO21–various forms of Japanese music which are underpinned by the traditional music of Japan, but not bound by existing frameworks. This time the program focuses on a “special collection” selected from works presented in the past.
1) “Umewaka Namida Ame (Teardrop Rain of Umewaka)” words by Tai Kaneko, composed by Chuichiro Matsunaga
2) “Karankuniyuki” words by Ritsu Shiota, composed by Masataro Imafuji, Jogu Kineya, Eikichi Kiyomoto
3) “Kyrie” composed by Toru Fukuhara
4) “The Adventures of Baron Big Mouth” composed by Mitaro Kineya
5) “From Makoto Ooka’s ‘Oriori no Uta [Poems for All Seasons]’” original concept and plan by Tai Kaneko, composed by Chotatsuro Imafuji, Yoshijiro Imafuji, Toshiko Yonekawa
Performers: members of SOHO21 and guest musicians
SOHO21 (Composers’ Organization for Traditional Japanese Music)
In September 1996, Masataro Imafuji and Johin Kineya started a series of study meetings for the people with a creatie drive in various genre of Hogaku [Japanese traditional music], with the aim of creating new, living Hogaku wich stands on a foundation of tradition. In January 1997, 13 members of the study group launched Soho 21, and in March they established a literary division. They subsequently organized numerous research sessions and trial performances, and in May of 2000 they presented the first concert of their own works. Ever since, they have been holding about one concert a year and presenting their own works of new Hogaku compositions. Since 2010 they have also been presenting open lectures called “Sosaku-no-kimo [The Essence of Creation]” once or twice a year. In these lectures they analyze works of music from a creator’s perspective and offer advice about how to listen to them.
Kioi Small Hall (Chiyoda City, Tokyo)