Shamisen, Voice and Shakuhachi-New music for Old Instruments

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7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Orvis Auditorium

Shamisen, Voice and Shakuhachi-New music for Old Instruments

This concert will feature one of Japan’s top shamisen masters, Hidetarō Honjō and his star student, Hidejirō Honjō. Local musicians Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (shakuhachi) and Mika Kimula (voice) will join them in a program that will feature a variety of contemporary compositions showcasing the depth and capabilities of both the instruments and the players. Works by both Japanese and western composers will be showcased.

When: 7:30 PM, Sept. 21st, 2018  Where: Orvis Auditorium, UH Mānoa Music Department.
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Admission: General $14, Seniors, students $10, UH Music Majors $5 (for reservations please contact Christopher Yohmei at or 808-237-0107).

Program (subject to change)

  • Hayashi Kotoba (voice), by Kikuko Massumoto
  • Ichijō (shakuhachi), by Seihō Kineya
  • In the Gardens of Japan (voice, shamisen, shakuhachi), by Kumiko Takahashi, lyrics by Kenny Fries
  • Taketori (shamisen, shakuhachi), by Hidetarō Honjō
  • Others…