The Chester Beatty is delighted to present a collaborative event with the European Shakuhachi Society Summer School. The evening will begin with a concert with Jean-Francois Lagrost and Gaho Takahashi. Jean-Francois Lagrost is a shakuhachi player and professor of art education at the conservatories of Le Kremlin-Bicêtre and Asnières, and enjoys an international career in traditional, contemporary and mixed repertoires. Gaho Takahashi is a Koto player and has performed extensively around the world, including in the Teatro Malibran in Italy, the Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria, and at Federation Square in Melbourne. In Japan, she has performed at many venues such as Sogakudo Hall, Marunouchi Building, and at the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
The concert will be followed by a wine interval before our talk, A taste of Japanese folk song by David Hughes and Gina Barnes. They will give an introduction to Japanese traditional folk song, or min ‘yo, a part of everyday life in Japan. Daily rituals, work and celebrations are accompanied by min’yo songs, which expressed the good and bad in life. Min’yo is a reflection of the nature of Japanese people and their daily lives. Instruments heard will include shamisen, Okinawan sanshin, shinobue flute, taiko, and (with help from one of the ESS stars) shakuhachi.
David Hughes, an expert in Japanese folk song or min’yō taught music at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) from 1987 until his retirement in 2008. He is now a Research Associate of the Department of Music and the Japan Research Centre in SOAS. David will present alongside Gina Barnes, his wife, who has shared in his journey around the world of Japanese music. She is a leading figure in Japanese and East Asian archaeology and founder of the Society for East Asian Archaeology.
Wine will be served at the interval.
Location: Lecture Theatre Chester Beatty