IMJS: Institute for Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives Present “Women Who Made/Make Music” 🗓 🗺

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Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage — 15th Annual Concert

Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Miller Theatre, Columbia University – 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)

Admission: Free (Registration required)

IMJS: Institute for Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives, Columbia University presents Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage XV: “Women Who Made/Make Music” featuring renowned musicians from Japan and New York as well as the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York.

To honor Sukeyasu Shiba (1935-2019), the late founder of Japanese Gagaku ensemble Reigakusha, the Columbia Gagaku Ensemble of New York and renowned visiting artists present great classics he loved as well as his own works. Shiba belonged to the Music Department of the Imperial Household of Japan.

The concert also celebrates Women’s History Month with world premieres of Elizabeth Brown’s homage to composer-nun Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704) inspired by lyrics of Otomae (1086?-1169) and other pieces by Ayumi Shimonoto and Evelyn Troester DeGraf by imagining a meeting of Otomae and Hildegard von Bingen (1098?-1179) in “Hildegard Meets Otomae.”

Performers

  • Mayumi Miyata (sho)
  • Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki)
  • Takeshi Sasamoto (ryuteki)
  • Yoko Reikano Kimura (shamisen/voice)
  • Nancy Kito (harpsichord, Ensemble Leonarda)
  • Adam Young (bass viol, Ensemble Leonarda)
  • Susan Graham (baroque flute, Ensemble Leonarda)
  • Claire Smith Bermingham (baroque violin, Ensemble Leonarda)
  • Ayumi Shimonoto (voice)
  • Evelyn Troester DeGraff (voice)
  • vocalists from GHOSTLIGHT Chorus (voice)
  • Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York

Part I – Gagaku: Sacred Soundscapes Reborn

In memory of Sukeyasu Shiba (1935-2019)

Saibara (Ancient vocal genre)

  • “Gokuraku wa” (Paradise) (1993) by Sukeyasu Shiba

Classical Gagaku

  • Hyōjō no netori (Prelude in E mode)
  • Etenraku (Music of the Divine Heavens)
  • Sadachō no netori (Prelude in D mode)
  • Ryō-Ō (Chinese King of Ryō)

Part II – Women Who Made/Make Music

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Elizabeth Brown Meets Otomae
A Glimpse at Dawn (2019) by Elizabeth Brown (World Premiere)

In honor of the 400th anniversary of composer-nun Isabella Leonarda’s birth, inspired by the lyrics of Otomae: No.26 in Ryōjin Hishō

  • Yoko Reikano Kimura (shamisen/voice)
  • Nancy Kito (harpsichord, Ensemble Leonarda)
  • Adam Young (bass viol, Ensemble Leonarda)
  • Susan Graham (baroque flute, Ensemble Leonarda)
  • Claire Smith Bermingham (baroque violin, Ensemble Leonarda)

Hildegard Meets Otomae

Hildegard von Bingen of Germany and Otomae of Japan, singer-composers and 12th-century contemporaries who believed in the spiritual power of song, meet in the 21st century and share their songs with each other.

Otomae’s Lyrics No.566 in Ryōjin Hishō:
Itsushika to kimi ni to omoishi (I always meant to give you…)

Ayumi Shimonoto (music/voice)

Otomae’s Lyrics No.26 in Ryōjin Hishō:
Hotoke wa tsune ni imasedomo (They say our Lord is always here…)

Hildegard von Bingen (music)
Evelyn Troester DeGraf and vocalists from the GHOSTLIGHT Chorus (voice)

Otomae’s Lyrics No.177 in Ryōjin Hishō:
Gokurakujōdo no medetasa wa (Paradise is glorious…)

Evelyn Troester DeGraf and vocalists from the GHOSTLIGHT Chorus (music/voice)

The concert is free and open to the public, but advance online registration is highly recommended at www.imjs-jchi.org.

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