Traditional and contemporary Japanese music by examples of koto and kugo

Traditional and contemporary Japanese music by examples of koto and kugo

When? September 25th, 2017 at 19:00
Where? Domus Dorpatensis (Ülikooli 7/Raekoja plats 1, Tartu)
How much? Free!
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The event

Together we will look into the depths of the Japanese music culture, making our way into the contemporary time through the history and melodies of koto and the Japanese harp kugo. Even though the Japanese traditional as well as contemporary music culture has been influenced by its Western neighbors, it has shaped into a completely unique world of sounds according to the tone sensitivity inherent to the island nation. In many cases it creates the sensation that this music surrounds us like the busy nature with its combinations of sounds and noises, and all we have to do is listen close, follow the flow uninterrupted, leave room for imagination, but this isn’t all. How to describe the Japanese music? Is it close to us or far, far away? At least a few answers to these questions will be heard and seen during this presentation.

Lilian Langsepp is a music scientist and interpreter, a long-time professor at the University of Tartu and the Heino Eller Music School, the conductor of Schola Gregoriana Tartuensis, at the moment also a philosophy postgraduate at the University of Tartu. Her main subjects are the Western early Classical music and the traditional music of the Asian high cultures.