Contemporary Koto Music | Aya Asakura | TEDxKyoto

Contemporary Koto Music | Aya Asakura | TEDxKyoto

Ajoutée le 14 oct. 2012

Aya Asakura evokes the soul-touching sounds of nature on the unique 30-string Japanese Koto in a masterful solo performance.

Aya Asakura
Koto music
Raindrops. Wind. Water flowing over rocks. Koto Music evokes images such as these. The koto has been played in Japan for over a thousand years and is the national instrument of Japan. The lilting, deceptively simple-sounding tones of the koto are as complex as they are meditative, and listening to a true master of this beautiful instrument can be a deeply moving experience. One such master is Aya Asakura. Aya was born in Tokyo and by the age of six had already begun learning how to play the koto. She continued to hone her skills studying performance, composition and musical theory under the late koto composer Miyashita Shuretsu. Aya went on to receive NHK Japanese music specialist training and was subsequently nominated for the « This Year’s Hope » NHK award. Her performances have appeared on NHK international broadcasts, at NHK music festivals and at the Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency Festival. She has also collaborated with « The Spring of Contemporary Japanese Music » to commemorate the one-hundredth year of Miyagi Michio and has performed with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 she released an original album entitled « Aya ». More recently, Aya holds workshops called « Watching the Evening Sun » at the Ryu-zen Sho-ho Temple in Higashiyama Kyoto, to which she invites a panoply of creative-minded individuals that include religious people, film directors, journalists, astrophysicists, philosophers, musicians, bureaucrats, diplomats and writers. With a unique style that combines the natural tones of rain and wind with a vast spectrum of vibrant color, Aya offers her audiences a moving, dazzling performance that is not to be missed.

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朝倉彩

多絃奏者として活躍する朝倉さんは、東京で生まれ、6歳から箏を始めました。作曲家・­箏曲家である故・宮下秀冽氏に師事し、箏の演奏はもちろん、音楽理論、作曲も習得。N­HK法学技能者育成会専攻科を修了し、NHK「今年のホープ」にも選ばれています。N­HK国際放送およびNHK音楽祭、文化庁移動芸術祭参加公演など多数の演奏に参加。N­HK芸術祭参加作品「火と水と祈り」「風花無限」への出演、宮城道雄生誕100年記念­「現代邦楽の春」、大阪センチュリー交響楽団との競演ほか、30弦・26弦の多弦箏に­よる独自の世界を展開しています。1998年にはオリジナルCD「彩」をリリース。彼­女の生み出す音は、雨の音、風の音といった自然の音色から、数式を連想させる高度に抽­象的な旋律まで幅広いスペクトラムを描きます。最近では、京都東山の霊山正法寺にて、­宗教家、映画監督、ジャーナリスト、宇宙物理学者、哲学者、音楽家、官僚、外交官、作­家などを招いた勉強会「夕陽を観る会」も主催、声明とのコラボレーション「日想観」の­演奏も話題をよんでいます。

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