The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa music department features Traditional in the Contemporary—Ninety years of Japanese compositions informed by traditional techniques and sensibilities on September 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Orvis Auditorium. The concert features shakuhachi, shamisen, vocalist and piano performances.
- Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, shakuhachi
Performing in Japan and around the world, Blasdel maintains a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists.
- Mika Kimula, vocalist
Kimula specializes in Japanese song—both in the traditional and modern styles—composed during the process of Westernization and modernization of post 19th Century Japan.
- Hidejirō Honjō, shamisen
Honjō is an award-winning shamisen performer and primarily specializes in modern music and performs with the international contemporary ensemble groups and orchestras.
- Mari Yoshihara, piano
Yoshihara is a scholar of American studies with a specialization in U.S. cultural history, U.S.-Asian relations, literary and cultural studies and gender studies. She is also an accomplished pianist.
For tickets and more concert information, go to the UH Mānoa music department website.