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Hibiki: Resonances from Japan


3-5 March 2011
King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG



Immerse yourself in this three day mini-festival celebrating the rich and diverse tradition of Japanese music. This series of concerts promises to deliver unique, boundary-pushing experiences reflecting Japan's own rich musical heritage and fast-moving modern culture. In March, King's Place welcomes acclaimed artists Mayumi Miyata (sho), Michiyo Yagi (koto) and the Kimura & Ono Duo (tsugaru-shamisen, fue).


Our 1000-year journey begins on Thursday, 3 March with Mayumi Miyata and 'Sho: Sound of Eternity'. Miyata will present traditional Gagaku pieces alongside contemporary works. The sho, a centuries-old East Asian wind instrument, is an essential component of classical Japanese court music. Said to imitate the call of the phoenix, it's haunting tonal clusters can sound wild and alarming. Miyata is one of the world's most accomplished players, not only in traditional Japanese forms but also in Western avant-garde and popular music.

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Friday, 4 March sees a tsugaru-shamisen performance of 'Sheer Wind from The North' with the Kimura & Ono DUO. The dynamically powerful, yet soulful and sensitive sound of the tsugaru-shamisen, the northern Japanese style of shamisen characterised by powerful and percussive rhythms, has the ability to fascinate people around the world. Kimura Shunsuke and Etsuro Ono are both powerful innovators and virtuosos of this three-string lute.

Saturday, 5 March welcomes 'Tradition & Exploration: The Koto of Michiyo Yagi'. This is a rare opportunity to see a complete concert with Michiyo Yagi and legendary improvisor Evan Parker. Having collaborated with John Zorn, Jim O'Rourke, Mark Dresser and Keiji Haino, Yagi is one of the world's most adventurous and eclectic koto performers and one who continuously challenges conventions. This programme will reveal how Yagi's exploratory nature is a natural extension of the more avant garde elements found in traditional koto music.


For more information and details of how to book, visit the King's Place website at http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/


Image: Yuriko Takagi