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Concert features Japanese traditional instrument

Update: January, 10/2019 - 18:45
Kiju will use electronic equipment to play traditional tsugaru shamisen. Photo jpf.org.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A concert featuring Japanese instruments will take place at Hà Nội’s Japan Foundation Centre on Sunday.

Musicians Kimihiro Kitamura and Kiju (real name Adachi Eiji) will perform shakuhachi and shamisen which are Japanese traditional instruments. Shakuhachi is a type of bamboo flute and provides a variety of sound, while shamisen is a three-string instrument.

In the concert, Kiju will play tsugaru shamisen, a version of the instrument that can play modern genres such as jazz and rock. Kitamura is a popular shakuhachi performer in Japan and a key member of the Bamboo Orchestra, Japan’s first bamboo instrument ensemble. He will perform a repertoire including traditional and contemporary music at the concert.

Kiju has had a passion for shamisen since 5th grade. He studied it from shamisen master Kitamura Masataka and became a talented tsugaru shamisen performer. As a traditional performer, he also creates and performs original pieces. In this concert, he will perform new style of shamisen using electronic equipment.

During the one-hour concert, the musicians will introduce about the instruments and invite audiences to play them. The concert will begin at 3pm on Sunday at 27 Quang Trung Street, Hà Nội. — VNS

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