Shakuhachi Exploration with Kinya Sogawa

Sunday, September 23, 2012. 5:00 pm

Plus special guests: Elizabeth Brown, Ned Rothenberg, Ralph Samuelson & Laurie Sogawa

Co-presented by Roulette and Japan Society

Tokyo shakuhachi virtuoso Kinya Sogawa makes his much anticipated full-length U.S. concert debut! Unique to the shakuhachi world in that he is both a brilliant performer and highly acclaimed instrument maker, Sogawa is active in diverse genres of traditional and contemporary music–including enka and video game music. For this all-shakuhachi exploration, Sogawa performs meditative solo pieces passed down by the komuso wandering monks of the 17th century as well as new 21st-century works by composers Ned Rothenberg and Elizabeth Brown that expand the sonic language of that tradition, creating new possibilities for the instrument.

Shakuhachi Exploration Workshops with Kinya Sogawa
At Japan Society 333 East 47th St. NYC
In the week prior to his full-length U.S. debut concert at Roulette, Kinya Sogawa will lead a series of unique workshops at Japan Society, giving participants a deeper look into this versatile instrument. Workshops include shakuhachi playing sessions for beginners and intermediate/advanced players, a professional composers workshop and a one-of-a-kind shakuhachi making workshop.

9/15 Breath, Sound & Form: A Workshop for Shakuhachi Players
9/16 Making & Playing Your Own Shakuhachi: A Workshop in Shakuhachi Craftsmanship
9/22 The Shakuhachi & Contemporary Music: A Workshop for Composers