UMD Koto Ensemble and Washington Toho Koto Society: Springtime in Japan
Experience a journey of spring music depicting the young growing season of springtime in Japan with cherry blossoms blooming and birds chirping to welcome the warmth of spring.
The music expresses the quiet beauty and rustic simplicity of the 13-string, six-foot-long koto, accompanied on some occasions by the shakuhachi (end-blown bamboo flute) and shamisen (three-string, banjo-like instrument).
In the first part, it is as if you are admiring the cherry blossoms on a calm spring day. In the second part, there are musical representations of the flute and drum in a Japanese festival celebrating spring.
Resources from the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
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