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Oregon Koto-Kai: So-Shun Koto Concert

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Lincoln Recital Hall, Rm 75
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 2:30 PM (PT)

Oregon Koto-Kai presents

So-Shun (Early Spring) Koto Concert

Guest: Tea Ceremony Demonstration
by Barbara Walker, Sosei

2:30pm, Sunday, March 15, 2020

doors open at 2pm

Lincoln Recital Hall, rm 75


Oregon Koto-Kai was founded by Tokyo-born koto virtuoso Mitsuki Dazai. Under Dazai’s tutelage, each player has learned the time-honored traditions of Koto performance in addition to the most advanced contemporary techniques. Besides performing at numerous cultural festivals throughout the state, Oregon Koto-Kai hosts seasonal concerts including a traditional So-Shun (Early Spring) Koto Concert, Summer Concert, Annual Concert in Fall, and a Winter Holiday Concert.


The koto is one of the most famous of all the traditional Japanese musical instruments. Originating in China, these 13-string zithers first appeared in Japan in 7th Century and were used in ancient ensemble music called Gagaku. Later, in the Edo period (1600 - 1867), techniques and music for the koto were significantly advanced by gifted blind musicians. In its long history, the unique sound of this instrument has been used in a wide range of beautiful pieces, from simple to complex.


In this upcoming So-Shun Concert, Oregon Koto-Kai will present a program primarily featuring authentic koto music in a classical style. The audience will enjoy seeing players in beautiful traditional kimono costumes. The theme of this year’s concert is represented by the Chinese characters "Kan Ka So Kin." These four Chinese characters describe “Serenity,” “Flowers,” “Simplicity,” and “Koto”. This four character idiom describes the beauty of spring. This year, our ensemble selected pieces that relate to the beautiful crafts humans have created, including two compositions by Tadao Sawai, “Raden” (Mother of Pearl Crafts) and “Kinran” (Gold brocades), a piece by Shin Miyashita, “Koto”
(Old Capitol), and the traditional piece “Chaondo” (Song of Tea) for koto, shamisen (three string lute), and voice. This last song will be performed along with a tea ceremony demonstration from Barbara Walker Sosei. Come and experience a timeless journey of Japanese music and culture through the last 300 years.

Tickets: $25 ($18 in advance), $12 (student/child), Arts for All also available

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Visit Oregon Koto-Kai online or email info@oregonkotokai.org for more information.

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