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#1 2009-09-27 13:01:47

James Nyoraku Schlefer
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From: New York City
Registered: 2005-10-07
Posts: 104

Hozan Yamamoto

New York shakuhachi players had a rare opportunity to hear the Tozan Living National treasure, Hozan Yamamoto, in a free concert at (of all places) Carnegie Hall. The three-hour long event was produced by the Japan Food Culture and Hospitality organization and presented a diverse program featuring many forms of Japanese music and dance. Yamamoto sensei played two selections; first his own solo piece "Kan-Otsu" and then as co-soloist with koto in "Concerto No. 1" (no composer was credited) and an orchestra of kotos. In "Kan-Otsu", Yamamoto's sound was strong, clear and wonderful to hear, and his technical command of this challenging piece was remarkable. The "Concerto No. 1" is a highly predictable piece, alternating the soloists with each other and with the tutti. Yamamoto played his 1.6 beautifully, with the superb sound, pitch, musicality and technique one has come to expect from this great player. Unfortunately, the producers of the show chose to amplify everything, an all too common practice, and in this case totally unnecessary. (After all Carnegie Hall has some of the best acoustics in the world.) Nonetheless, the sound was well-handled and Yamamoto's robust playing was only slightly affected.



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