An Evening of Okinawan Music

Date: Wednesday, 20 January, Wednesday, 27 Januray, Friday, 29 January 2010
Venue: 20 Jan – Asia House, 63 Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP /
27 Jan – Asian Music Centre, 1-2 Bradford Road, London W3 7SP /
29 Jan – SOAS, Room G2, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Tel: 0207 307 5430 (Asia House) / 020 89749 9584 (Asian Music Circuit) / 020 7637 2388 SOAS

Discover the beautiful classical music of the Okinawan Sanshin with Kise Shinjin, one of the foremost exponents of Ryukyuan classical music.

Shinjin Kise
Japanese musicial Kise Shinjin is a leading exponent of the sanshin, a three-stringed plucked lute from the islands of Okinawa. Although similar instruments are found in China and on the Japanese mainland, the sanshin is particularly associated with the music of the kingdom of Ryukyu which flourished between the 14th and 19th centuries. In a series of lecture-recitals, Kise Shinjin discusses the history and cultural context of this instrument with performances of the beautiful classical music of the erstwhile Ryukyuan court.

Kise Shinjin is Professor Emeritus, Okinawa Prefectural University of the Arts, master of the Nomura and Tansui Schools of sanshin performance and Special Advisor for Cultural Exchange appointed by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.

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