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Japanese Traditional Music: Koto and Shakuhachi lecture and concert
Start Date: 3/19/2018Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 3/19/2018End Time: 8:00 PM

Event Description
Masumi Timson will present a lecture on traditional Japanese Koto and Shakuhachi music, followed by a concert performance with Randall Havas.

The history of koto and shakuhachi – Japanese traditional and ancient musical instruments – dates back over 1,400 years, and has seen many changes during this time. Koto Master Masumi Timson’s presentation will include a power point lecture on the historical background of the Koto and Shakuhachi, how the music of these instruments has changed over the centuries, and how traditional Japanese culture has influenced Koto and Shakuhachi music. It also discusses where these instruments stand in today’s society, and the influence of western music on these instruments.

The performance will feature a musical chronology of the esoteric nature of traditional and contemporary Japanese Koto music, accompanied by the Shakuhachi, providing an informative and entertaining experiences for all.

Masumi Timson - Koto Masumi holds a Master’s Degree (Shihan) in Music with specialization in the Koto from the Seiha Conservatory of Japanese traditional music in Tokyo. She has participated in the recording of several of Pink Martini's albums (, and has performed with the band at various venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Grand Rex Theatre in Paris, and Tokyo Billboard Live in Tokyo. She has also released her own CDs, “Picture Dreams” (Koto/Violin Duo), a collaboration album with Fumino Ando (Oregon Symphony), and two albums “Pacific Bridge” and “Confluence” with Richard Crandell featuring the koto and mbira - a traditional African instrument.

Randall Havas - Shakuhachi
Randall Havas is a Professor of Philosophy at Willamette University. He has studied shakuhachi for the past several years: honkyoku with Peter Hill and minyo and sankyoku with Larry Tyrrell. He has performed with Masumi several times at Asian Celebration in Eugene.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Waller Hall  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Cone Chapel
Contact Information:
Name: Miho Fujiwara
Phone: 503-370-6015
Admission / Ticket Info:
Open to the public.
Event Sponsor(s):
Center for Asian Studies

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