Japan Month concert

Japan Month concert

This year we will bring you beautiful sounds with the concert “The beauty of emptiness”.

When? September 13th, 2017 at 19:00
Where? Genialistide klubi (Magasini 5, Tartu)
How much? 6€ (students and pensioners 3€).
The event


The theme of the duo KUUKUU’s concert is “THE BEAUTY OF EMPTINESS“ – pondering and interpreting the meaning of this pair of words through the repertoire of the Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi), which is interwoven with improvisations on Estonian folk music on the small zither and the rubap (a long-necked lute, string instrument widely disseminated among central asia peoples).

KUUKUU (in Japanese empty/emptiness/paltry, vacant) is a duo from Tartu who have shared an infectious joy in making music together for many years. When this “infection“ makes itself felt, there is an irresistible need to massage one another with sounds and feel the winds of joy blowing around them through music-making.

Both performers began with a common interest in the music of medieval Europe and folk music (Irish and Estonian). The duo’s first inspiring and illuminating improvisations combining the Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) and stringed instruments (at that time the classical guitar) date from the beginning of the 1990s. Roland Suits considers shakuhachi grand master Takashi Tokuyama to be his most important mentor, from whom he has received instruction and guidance. Toivo Sõmer has polished his lute-playing under the direction of different masters such as Rolf Lislevand (Norway) and Paul Beier (Italy), and added to his tricks and twists of zither-playing at the Viljandi Culture Academy.

Roland Suits – shakuhachi, humming top
Toivo Sõmer – small zithers, rubap, bell