UMD Japanese Koto Ensemble and UMD Gamelan Saraswati
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:00 pm Dekelboum Concert Hall
Director, UMD Gamelan Saraswati Nyoman Suadin
Director, UMD Japanese Koto Ensemble Kyoto Okamoto
their annual fall recital, the
Gamelan Saraswati and UMD Koto Ensemble will present an evening of
traditional Balinese and Japanse music. Balinese gamelan, performed on bronze
gongs, xylophones, and other percussion instruments, is an integral part of the
Balinese Hindu ceremonies honoring deities such as Saraswati, the namesake of
the UMD Gamelan Ensemble who is the Hindu goddess of knowledge and the arts. The
UMD Koto Ensemble will perform works of quiet beauty and rustic simplicity on
the thirteen-string, six-foot-long koto, accompanied by the shakuhachi, an
end-blown bamboo flute, and the shamisen, a three-string, banjo-like instrument.
The koto, a stringed instrument similar to the harp, is the national instrument
of Japan. The origins of the koto date back to the 5th century, and the
instrument is used widely in traditional Japanese as well as Western jazz and
art music today.
Learn more about traditional Indonesian music and the
ancient Japanese art of koto playing through these films, recordings, books, and
scores held by the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library: :
- Listen to music in the Balinese and Javanese styles.
- Explore the history and performance of gamelan through books
available in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.
- Experience traditional gamelan music and dance through these filmed
- Analyze music of the gamelan tradition and the pieces inspired by it.
featuring koto players performing traditional Japanese music, including a
recording of the 2001 recital of the Washington Toho Koto Society and the UM
of works for koto with various ensembles, including a recording of
selections by the Washington Toho Koto Society
of pieces composed for koto
about the art of playing the koto and the history of the ancient instrument
Listen to an excerpt from the most famous piece in the koto repertoire,
no Shirabe, composed by Yatsuhashi Kengyo in 1644.