Japanese Music Ensemble
Authentic Japanese Classical Music presented by a trio of experienced performers. Surprisingly pleasing to the Western ear, Japanesque offer a guided tour of the colourful and little-known Japanese repertoire. Pieces range from the 18th century chamber classic Kurokami (Black Hair), to the well loved popular song China Night and Twentieth century Japanese compositions.
The clear, ringing chords of the Koto (Japanese harp) and the ethereal purity of the Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) will delight even the most jaded listener. The traditional Japanese Musician plays the koto , shamisen, sings and wears full formal kimono and headgear.
A harp-like instrument whose history spans twelve centries. The six foot long wooden body has moveable bridges to facilitate turning. The strings (originally of silk) are plucked with plectrums worn on the right hand.
This Japanese lute has a box-shaped wooden body covered with skin, a long fretless neck, and three strings struck with a large plectrum. Traditionally the shamisen is used to accompany singing or theatre.
This is the haunting, five-holed bamboo flute, still used today by Buddhist Zen monks as a meditation tool. Also popular in the past with samurai warriors, its eerie sound is heard in both folk and classical music.