SCHEDULE & CONTENT

EVENT #6 APRIL/MAY 2024

THE VOICE WITHIN JAPANESE CULTURE, MUSIC & SHAKUHACHI TRADITION

#6.1 SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2024

Shōmyō Buddhist Chant – Talk/demonstration/workshop
Session 110h00 – 11h00Junko Ueda – Lecture/Talk: History, philosophy, notation system, text
Session 211h10 – 12h00Junko Ueda – Demonstration: Some typical pieces
Session 312h10 – 13h00Junko Ueda – Practice singing shōmyō: Melody patterns, traditional pieces,
breath and body exercises
Times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

#6.2 SUNDAY 14 APRIL 2024

Singing Honkyoku – Exploring honkyoku patterns through voice
Session 110h00 – 11h15Teruo Furuya
Session 211h30 – 12h30Teruo Furuya
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Times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

#6.3 SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2024

Voice in Sankyoku – Talk/demonstration & workshop
Session 110h00 – 11h15Shino Arisawa – Talk about history of sankyoku / historic music examples / Q&A
Session 211h30 – 12h45Miyama McQueen-Tokita – Voice workshop with demonstrations
of technique/exercises and practical part to join in.
Times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

The Voice in Sankyoku workshop will consist out of a lecture/talk and some practical demonstration and exercises. In the first session Shino Arisawa will provide an overview of the history of sankyoku, encompassing its social context, cultural significance, and the evolution of repertoire. Furthermore, we will use videos and audio recordings of master musicians’ performances to analyse the relationship between voice and instruments and shed light on the distinctive singing styles across different schools. 

The practical component of this session, lead by Miyama McQueen-Tokita, will offer live demonstration performances of well-known sankyoku pieces, as well as having the option for participants trying the jiuta vocal technique themselves and singing short passages from these pieces.

#6.4 SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2024

Min’yō – Talk/demonstration & workshop
Session 110h00 – 11h15Kinzaburo Abe – demonstrations
Session 211h30 – 12h30Kinzaburo Abe – workshop
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Times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Min’yō/voice workshop with Kinzaburo Abe will include demonstrations and a practical part for participants to engage in. Participants will have the chance to experience a variety of min’yō songs, highlighting the differences arising from their cultural contexts and regional origins in Japan.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore min’yō singing, including its voice techniques through excerpts from different types of songs. In addition, there will be a demonstration of the tsugaru-shamisen, which plays a significant role in min’yō accompaniment. Lyric samples will be provided in Romanised Japanese and English.

#6.5 SATURDAY 4 MAY 2024

Vocalising Shakuhachi – Exploring special shakuhachi techniques
Session 110h00 – 11h15Anne Norman – Hocketing words with shakuhachi
Session 211h30 – 12h30Anne Norman – Vocal techniques on shakuhachi
Times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Session 1: Hocketing words with shakuhachi
Techniques in alternating sung lyrics and blown notes. Participants will receive excerpts of vox/shakuhachi compositions and exercises in staff notation with kinko tablature above it. 
 
Session 2: Vocal techniques on shakuhachi
Singing while blowing shakuhachi. Working on unison passages; polyphonic harmonising; an exploration of timbral contrasts and microtonal multiphonics. Once again, participants will receive excerpts of vox/shakuhachi compositions and exercises in staff notation with Kinko tablature above it. 
 
Bring your 1.8 shakuhachi, and if you have a 2.1 or 2.4 shakuhachi, bring it too, especially if you have a deep voice. Female shakuhachi players and men with a higher voice will find singing while blowing a 1.8 shakuhachi easiest to meld the two sounds (men are invited to sing falsetto if they wish). Singing an octave lower is also possible and gives quite a different effect.

Anne will create parts for all levels of players to take part in these exercises. It will be up to you to choose the part that suits your skill level and voice range. 
 
I hope to leave you with ideas for how to create your own vox/shakuhachi works that suit your voice and your length of instrument.