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The Allure of the Shamisen: A Japanese Musical Tradition

03/19/19 | 6:30 pm

Japan Society

333 E 47th St Map

212-832-1155

$12 and up


19-03-2019 12:00:00 19-03-2019 12:00:00 America/New_York The Allure of the Shamisen: A Japanese Musical Tradition | 6:30 pm Played as accompaniment to kabuki plays and traditional puppet theater or by geisha, the three-stringed shamisen has been an integral part of traditional Japanese music for centuries. Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me, took a more unconventional path, apprenticing under her eccentric sensei while living abroad in Japan. At this talk, Pocorobba will discuss the history and features of the shamisen, illuminate her own journey learning to play this enigmatic Japanese instrument, and give a demo performance. Moderated by Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Associate Curator in the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=359041 Japan Society Japan Society

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Played as accompaniment to kabuki plays and traditional puppet theater or by geisha, the three-stringed shamisen has been an integral part of traditional Japanese music for centuries. Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me, took a more unconventional path, apprenticing under her eccentric sensei while living abroad in Japan. At this talk, Pocorobba will discuss the history and features of the shamisen, illuminate her own journey learning to play this enigmatic Japanese instrument, and give a demo performance. Moderated by Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Associate Curator in the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Venue Description: Tues.-Thurs., 11am-6pm; Fri., 11am-9pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-5pm. Closed on Mon. & major holidays.

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