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Sun, Jul 15 2018 2:00 PM


Shoko Hikage plays the music by Hyo-shin Na for koto - THE SKY WAS BEYOND DESCRIPTION

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
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[Program] Hyo-shin Na's Music for Koto/Bass Koto and Piano
Shoko Hikage, koto/bass koto
Thomas Schultz, piano (special guest artist)
-Koto Music
-Five Pieces on Yoshie Hikage's Poems
-Night Procession of the Hundred Demons
-The Sky Was Beyond Description (for one player on koto and bass koto)
- Koto, Piano II
- Rain Study (for piano solo)

The Sky Was Beyond Description for koto/bass koto by Hyo-shin Na

I began to write music for koto and bass koto in 2003, specifically for Shoko Hikage. Since then I’ve written 27 pieces for these two instruments and they’ve all been premiered and performed subsequently many times by Shoko. When I thought about writing another piece for her, I realized that, since she played my older music that uses the instruments separately with such insight and virtuosity, she could certainly play, or find a way of playing, a new piece that uses both instruments simultaneously. Since the pieces I’d already written had their roots in poems and/or paintings, I wanted to write something that was independent of these sources and found inspiration in the sound of the two instruments themselves – their tunings, comparative ranges and individual voices. HSN

Cost: $10 - $15
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