About this Event
Mason Hall, Fredonia, NY 14063http://fredonia.edu/academy-week
Festival Music of Japan with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa & the ARC Edo Ensemble
June 19-23, 2023 at SUNY Fredonia campus
Join us for five days of expert instruction in the Wakayama-Shachu style of Edo Bayashi festival music and Shishimai, a Japanese traditional lion dance that is performed at many ritual events to bring good luck to communities and chase away evil. Participants will focus on and learn to play shimedaiko and odaiko drum rhythms, and atarigane patterns, as well as the unique dance movements of the shishimai. Additional instruction will also be available in shinobue/fue melodies for interested participants.
Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions will focus on instrumental and dance performance techniques and historical and theoretical information. Participants will be guided in small ensemble preparation that will lead toward performances in evening mini concerts, culminating with a gala, closing night, instructor/student concert (open to the public) of this ancient festival music of Japan.
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a champion of traditional Japanese cultural arts who works to build awareness, provide education, and demonstrate value through performances around North America and beyond. He strives to help people connect through meaningful cultural exchange and understanding.