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Evolving Traditions: Wonder of Shamisen


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Inspired by the theme of the current exhibition Evolving Traditions, Japan Cultural Envoy Hidejiro Honjoh showcases the history of shamisen repertoire. The inspiration for this recital came from a close collaboration among Honjoh, the artist and curator of the exhibition Yuki Ideguchi, and composer Masatora Goya, three like-minded Japanese artists exploring a new way of integration between Eastern and Western aesthetics. To demonstrate its wonder and unlimited possibilities, Honjoh plays not only traditional pieces, but also new compositions for the instrument by Japanese composers in the United States, such as Goya, Miho Hazama, and Ushio Torikai.