Monday, August 29, 2011

Hogaku Street

A.UN: Jeff Cairns, Yumiko Minoda, Izumi Fujikawa
Friday, August 19th saw the first public performance of my hogaku trio, A.UN at Gallery Kimura in Kumamoto city.  A small venue on the underground level of a corner building on a side street to one of the main shopping arcades, Gallery Kimura, a sometimes art exhibition space, sometimes live show venue seating around 60 comfortably was surprisingly packed with patrons accepting a standing room  invitation by the time the music got underway.
B'Pzy Dance Company's Mayumi Yoshida
Verbal communication throughout the show was in Japanese and English, much to the delight of the multi-cultural audience in attendance and the raison d'etre of the members of A.UN was to present Hogaku in its broader spectrum with a choice of numbers ranging from hogaku jazz, to a Spanish-flavored 17 string koto solo, to a piece that sprang out of the traditions of Nagauta, to individual solos part of which included the dance interpretation of Mayumi Yoshida
ending with an oft-times frenetic piece written my composer Marty Regan called Dragon Eyes. The evening was well received by the appreciative audience.

A.UN Thanks all that were in attendance

No comments:

Post a Comment