Hengenjizai

Soju Nosaka & Kazue Sawai

The two koto virtuosos from Japan

 

                                                                                                                        Photo by Tomoko Hidaki


箏曲  Koto Concert in SF


Soju Nosaka & Kazue Sawai

                       The ancient 5-string koto in existence for more than 2,500 years,

enjoyed a new incarnation when the 25-string koto was invented by Soju Nosaka in 1991.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5pm

A koto demonstration & lecture

Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Lower Level Main Library 100 Larkin St.

(at Grove) sfpl.org       


Friday May 12, 2017 7pm

A Special evening with Soju Nosaka and Kazue Sawai of Hengenjizai

Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, CA 94708 


Website: http://www.maybeckstudio.org/2016/12/a-special-evening-with-soju-nosaka-and.html

Eventbrite Reservation Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-special-evening-with-soju-nosaka-and-kazue-sawai-of-hengenjizai-tickets-29951154710

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/551124265082524/


$60 General Admission/$50 Students, Seniors and Hengenjizai Concert Invitation Committee Members


Saturday May 13, 2017 7:30pm

Hengenjizai World of Koto Music

Pre -Performance with local koto players & guests at 7pm

Herbst Theatre  7pm 401 Van Ness Ave, SF CA 94102

www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2224 

Advance (regular $28/ Senior $22/ Student $28)


https://www.sfcv.org/event/hengenjizai/hengenjizai-world-of-koto-music

The Hengenjizai Concert of the San Francisco Executive Committee was founded in July 2016. Our mission is to provide Hengenjizai, world-class contemporary Japanese koto music performances to San Francisco Bay Area audience. And also, promotes mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. through musical exchange.


Hengenjizai Concert Invitation Committee:


Brenda Wong Aoki, playwright, actor and storyteller ・Anthony Brown, PhD, Director of the Asian American Orchestra ・ Chie Chang, koto・M. ChangMitsuki Dazai, koto ・Yuriko Doi, choreographer, fmr. founding artistic director of Theatre of YugenYuki Easter, koto・ Sandy Eshima, repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust・Shinji Eshima, Composer, double bass, SF Opera/Ballet Orchestra・Akimi Fukuhara, Concert Pianist・Marina Fukushima, contemporary dance・Shoko Hikage, koto・Namie IdeuraMasayo Ishigure, koto・Harriet Ishimoto, Ret. Aide to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ・Hon Norman Ishimoto, fmr. SF Small Business commissioner・ Mark Izu, double bass and composer ・Gretchen Jude, koto・Hiroshi Kashiwagi, poet, playwright, memoirist, and actor.・Mutsuko Kato, Children’s Story Writer, Author, illustrator ・Shioh Kato, Painter, Calligrapher ・Shigeru Kimura, Editor / Publisher, web MON times・ Mari Kodama, concert pianist ・Masaru Koga, Woodwinds・Shunsuke Kurakata, concert pianist・Yukiko Kurakata, violin, SF Symphony ・Hideji Matsumoto, restaurateur・Darin Miyashiro, koto・Tharia Moore, cello, SF Opera/Ballet Orchestra・ Soei Mouri , Omotesenke・Shirley Muramoto, koto ・ Jimi Nakagawa, Taiko drum・Mamiko Nakamura, librarian, SF Main Library・Beni Shinohara, violin, SF Opera/Ballet Orchestra・ Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto・Hisako Takahashi, Ret. Japanese Consulate in SF ・Akira Tana, drums, Otonowa・Tomohiro Tanaka, koto・Kayo Toki, koto・Noriko Tsuboi, koto・ Bonnie C. Wade, Ethnomusicologist and Professor Emerita, University of California, Berkeley・ Paul Walsh Asuka Annie Yano, violin, SF Opera Orchestra/Saito Kinen Orchestra・ Michael Junzo Yano, Musical advisor・Yuki Yasuda, koto

"Hengenjizai" is a concert project founded in 2011, organized by the two Japanese koto virtuosos, Soju Nasaka and Kazue Sawai. They are pioneers of contemporary koto music, who have been active on the front lines of the contemporary music world. In this project, the two koto virtuosos have performed together throughout Japan. Their splendid, dynamic, elegant and rich performance enraptures audiences.


Specifically, their performance of Tadao Sawai's 1983 composition for koto and 17-string bass koto, "Hyakkaffu" (meaning, "Multitudes of Flowers")  is receiving great critical acclaim and has appeared on television.


They have invited the public as well as have commissioned composers for the creation of new works.  They have since premiered five of these contributions from public and professionals.


The original kanji (Chinese characters) of the word, Hengenjizai "変幻自在," loosely translates to, "Changing illusions."  The duo created a new kanji meaning of Hengenjizai, "変絃自在," to signify, "Playing strings freely from the heart and creating music."


野坂操壽×沢井一恵「変絃自在」プロフィール

「変絃自在」プロフィール 

2011年にスタートした「変絃自在」は、現代邦楽の先駆者として常に第一線で活躍する箏奏者の野坂操壽と沢井一恵によるコンサートプロジェクト。表情豊かでエネルギッシュなふたりの演奏は魅力的で、各地で多くの人を虜にしている。なかでも沢井忠夫作曲の箏と十七絃による『百花譜』は秀逸で、テレビ放送されるなど話題を呼ぶ。また、同プロジェクトでは、ふたりのための曲を公募したり、作曲家に委嘱したりして、これまでに5曲世の中に送り出してきた。「変絃自在」とは、「変幻自在」をもじった言葉で、心のままに自由に絃を操り、音楽を奏でることを表す。http://www.hogaku.com/ns/index.html


Soju Nosaka is the pioneer of the 20-string, 21-string and 25-sting koto. She is a special guest Professor at the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, and Executive Director of the Nihon Sankyoku Kyokai. In 1991, she played her newly developed 25-string koto for the first time. Nosaka received the Matsuo Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts the following year. 

http://www.matsunomi.net/nosaka/


Kazue Sawai is a leader in contemporary Japanese music, bringing koto music to musicians and audiences that have never had the opportunity to fully experience the depth and breadth of the koto sound. In 1999, Sawai premiered Sofia Gubaidulina's "In the Shadow of the Tree" as a soloist with Charles Dutorit and the NHK Symphony at the Carnegie hall. 

http://sawaisoukyokuin.com/sawaikazue


                  for more information, please contact: shokohikage@yahoo.com








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Arts Council Tokyo www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/ja/

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

Earplay www.earplay.org

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California www.jccnc.org

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California www.jcccnc.org

Japan Society of Northern California www.usajapan.org

Rova:Arts www.rova.org

U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network www.usjapanctn.net

Wooden Fish Ensemble www.facebook.com/WoodenFishEnsemble


Hengenjizai Concert Invitation Committee: http://www.matsuhidecompany.com/MatsuHide/Hengenjizai.html


https://www.facebook.com/Soju-Nosaka-x-Kazue-Sawai-Hengenjizai-US-Concert-Tour-1682318588761143/?fref=ts