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  • Miyuki Yoshikami

During the Pandemic, I ventured on October, 2021 to the Leidecker Center for East Asian Studies at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Va. Using the noh-utai lyrics to play the koto’s rendition of “Takasago,” I illustrated how three genres of Japanese music --noh-utai, nagauta, and koto music— each brought out basic features of Japanese music mentioned in my book, Japan’s Musical Tradition: Hogaku from Prehistory to the Present. The students sat masked, at a safe distance, and attentively listened to the lecture/recital. In addition, the University Book Store kindly provided copies of my book.

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My friend and composer, Lori Laitman has a new CD of her songs.

It is debuting on May 27, 2021, and you can pre-save it on Spotify.

The link is:

Lori is a very gifted composer whose songs knows how to touch the heart.

I was fortunate to have her write music for the koto and flute--her instrument.

I am indebted to her "Rokudan-flute", "Blossoms,""Lullaby and Dreams," and "Pearls."

You'll have to hear her genius and what she has to say in "Are Women People?"

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  • mykoto220

My friend, Kurahashi Yodo sensei will be performing his shakuhachi in conjunction with the art work found at the Freer Art Gallery April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. I attach a flyer and how to listen in!

Japanese Art & Music - Smithsonian event
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