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Sounds of  Nara

In the 8th century Nara in Japan was an international city. It was filled with Chinese and Persian cultures, brought by the Silk Road.  It includes music and even musical instruments. Then music was called Togaku (Tang music). They were played on the kugo-harp, the biwa-lute, the hokyo-glockenspiel, the shakuhachi-flute, the hichiriki (piri)-pipe, the seanghwang (sho)-mouthorgan. These instruments disappeared by the 11th century, but survived in the emperor’s treasure house, the shosoin. Not only these instruments, but also several music manuscripts survived in Japan.  In the 20th century, several musicologists transcribed them into modern notations.  


Eurasia Consort presents Togaku (Tang music) from the scholars' transcriptions and revives them as a musician of the Nara period would performed them.

Saturday November 18, 2:00 pm
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal, 552 West End Ave, Manhattan

Suggested donation $20

Here is Eurasia Consort website



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Spring Warbler’s Song

Music of the Palace of Yue

Palace of Congratulations

Butterfly Dance


Waves of Kokonor

Tilted Cup of Music



Tomoko Sugawara (kugo, harp)

August Denhard (four string biwa, lute)

Rex Benincasa (hokyo, glockenspiel / drum)

James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi, bamboo flute)

gamin (piri, pipe / saenghwang, mouthorgan)

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