Friday 24 March 2023 at 7:00pm
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Sackler Gallery
Washington, DC, United States
The traditional island songs of Amami Oshima are usually performed by a singer accompanied by a drum called a chijin. While maintaining and cherishing this fundamental arrangement, Anna Sato and Toshiyuki Sasaki perform using nontraditional instruments, including the shimauta, sanshin, harp, and Western drums. They have succeeded in creating a new, original music that is uniquely their own.
For this concert, attendees will get to experience firsthand the traditional island songs of Amami Oshima (Sato’s hometown), which have been passed down for generations. Not only will attendees have the rare opportunity to hear these beautiful songs, they will also learn the history and characteristics of the instruments Sato plays. Starting in a traditional style, this concert will progress to showcase the duo’s modern arrangements while demonstrating the forms and charms of the island songs. This performance is made possible by the Japan Foundation.
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