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Air: music for multiple shakuhachi
Friday January 20th, 2006 at 8 pm
26 Green Street
New York, NY 10013
Tickets $12 or free to Location 1 members
performers: Ralph Samuelson, Elizabeth Brown, Ned Rothenberg, and Shoji Mizumoto
Music by Henry Cowell, Ned Rothenberg (premiere), Frances White, and Elizabeth Brown (premiere: Duos from Isle Royale) plus traditional shakuhachi music.
Believing one could find the world in a single tone, monks of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism chose the blowing of the shakuhachi as their chief spiritual practice. In their Honkyoku, or original solo music for meditation, phrases are the length and shape of a breath, and the sound of the breath is a central, defining element.
The shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese bamboo flute whose haunting, vocal sound is capable of infinite nuance. In this program, both traditional Honkyoku and newer pieces will be performed by one, two, three or four players, positioned around the room. Sound will travel over and through the audience from different directions, meeting and mixing in the air over their heads.