Thursday, January 25, 2007

Japanese Drums in Kuwait......!!!


the Embassy of Japan in Kuwait is organizing two cultural events this month;

1. Art Exhibition “A New Generation Art from Japan”.....

46 contemporary art works of 11 Japanese young artists are exhibited
Started from January 16 until 31 at Kuwait Arts Association Gallery – Hawally
Open 10:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 21:00

Please visit the venue if you are interested in it.... but my friends say it's not as good as last year's exhibition......!!!



2. Japanese Music Concert “Musa Ensamble”

The music concert of Japanese drums, Shamisen (3 strings traditional instrument) and Koto (Japanese harp).....
The concert will be held next wednesday January 31, 2007, at Abdul Aziz Hussain theatre in Mishrif cooperative society....
The hall will be open from 19:30 and the concert will start from 20:00, please do come early, seats are limited......!!!




Artistes Jun Takada, Tomohiko Inoue, Ryusho Oyama, Hirohide Oyama, Kiyoshi Ipukuro and Nobushiro Kikuchi are to perform on the Shamisen, Koto and the ever popular Taiko instruments....



Shamisen is a three-stringed instrument described as a Japanese version of the Arabic oud, although I see it as a Japanese Rababa...!!! It is also called Sangen (literally "three strings") played with a plectrum called a bachi.....


Koto, a 13- to 20-stringed instrument, is plucked with the fingers of the right hand - similar to a musician playing the Arabic qanoon....



It is derived from Chinese zithers and is about 180cm long. Players make base pitches by moving the 13 bridges before playing. They use three fingers to pluck the strings. ....


Taiko are Japanese drums, popular the world over. The word taiko means "drum" in Japanese.
Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums and to the relatively recent art form of ensemble taiko drumming (sometimes called more specifically, "Kumi Daiko").....

Musa's name is derived from the Japanese word meaning Samurai, suggesting to modern Japanese people an image of the warriors who once ruled Japan and their pursuit of the unique set of ethics and sense of beauty found in the martial arts....

"The musicians will tour five countries in the Gulf - Iran, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait."

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