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Sonoma County Matsuri Festival Presents Brush with Japan 2013 - Traditional Japanese Music Appreciation Workshop with Elliot Kallen and Naoko
Seishin Studio
Santa Rosa, CA
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Join us for the afternoon as we explore the rewardingly diverse world of Japanese Traditional music. In this workshop you'll learn about Japan's rich legacy of solo and ensemble music, from the meditative sounds of the Shakuhachi to the exciting virtuoso vocal and instrumental music called Sankyoku, featuring Shamisen and Koto. Using live performances of music from the late 17th century to the 20th century as examples, Elliot Kallen and his partner Naoko will introduce you to the exquisite poetry behind the songs as well as explaining the history of their instruments and their notation. (If you're feeling up to it, you might even try your hand at playing a Shakuhachi!)

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Naoko has been playing the koto since she was six years old, studying with Koji Kikuhara, a highly ranked student of Living National Treasure Hatsuko Kikuhara. In 1987 she received her professional performance and teachers license at the Todo Music Association, a school with over 100 years of history. She studied classical singing with Ichijuro Kiyomoto and Fujima style dance with Monjuro Fujima from 1979 to 1981. Naoko teaches and performs Nogawa Style jiuta shamisen and Ikuta style koto from her home base in Davis, CA. She has performed throughout the United States since 1994.

Elliot Kallen
Elliot plays the shakuhachi, a traditional, end-blown bamboo flute from Japan. He is part of a lineage that has its roots in the music of the Komuso, the itinerant Zen monks who used the shakuhachi as a tool for meditation during Japan's Edo Period (1605-1865). He is a student of David Kansuke Wheeler of Boulder, Colorado and also studies with Junsuke Kawase III, the third generation head of the Chikuyusha shakuhachi school in Tokyo. In 2006, Elliot was honored to be chosen to perform for Kawase-sensei's 70th birthday celebration at the National Theater in Tokyo. Since then he has performed throughout Japan, Australia, and the United States. Elliot is also a founding member of Sebastopol's TenTen Taiko and performs, teaches, and lectures about Japanese classical music regularly from his home in Santa Rosa, California.
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Please check out our next workshop on June 2nd.


Seishin Studio (View)
On Art Alley in Downtown SOFA District
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
United States



Owner: Sonoma County Matsuri Festival
On BPT Since: Mar 30, 2013
Sonoma County Matsuri Festival

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