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2007/08/09 Koto, shakuhachi and sho, Ookayama

Posted on August 09, 2007 by daviding

As entertainment for the ISSS meeting, we had traditional Japanese music played on original instruments. Ai Kajigano played the koto — a harp-like instrument strongly identified with Japanese music — and Hiromu Motonaga played the shakuhachi, a kind of flute.


Naoyuki Manabe played the sho, a multi-reed instrument. The uniqueness of the sho opened an opportunity for some description. The instrument is blown from a hole near the base. The reeds have to be kept wet, which meant continuing rotation of the instrument — which might have otherwise been interpreted as fidgeting by the musician — during rests. The sho can play chords, reminiscent of a pipe organ at some times.


The evening was a relaxed, special event that many of us will remember as a feature of the conference.

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