Contemporary Shakuhachi Compositions by Japanese Women Composers

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Music Dept Room 36 (Choral room, right next to Orvis Auditorium)

This shakuhachi recital will feature contemporary shakuhachi music composed by Japanese women composers. The performance will take place at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa campus and will feature solo shakuhachi pieces as well as duets with the shō and voice.
Whereas many Japanese male composers, like Tohru Takemitsu, Jo Hisashi or Minoru Miki are well known outside of Japan, there are numerous women composers whose works, while just as creative and stunning as their male counterparts, are not well known. This concert will feature compositions  by Japanese women active in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The composers are all people with whom I have either worked or studied with during my four decades living in Japan.
The concert features guest performers Mika Kimula and Chatori Shimizu, a graduate student in Sounds Arts at Columbia University.  If you are already in Hawai’i, please come and listen. If you are somewhere in the world where it is cold and freezing, just come to Hawai’i!
An Evening of Contemporary Shakuhachi Music by Japanese Women Composers
Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Shakuhachi
Mika Kimula, Voice
Chatori Shimizu, Shō

With pieces by Kikuko Massumoto, Sumiko Hirai, Haru Nakajima, Kumiko Takahashi and a world premiere by Mika Kimula
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:30 PM
Tickets (at the door): $12 general admission; $8 seniors, students

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