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Friday, March 28th 2014, 10:15 PM. Birds in My Heart: Nesting Cranes

wilson above edAs an experiment, Tufts University’s Music Department will have an all-night round of concerts on Friday, March 28th, and this is one. In Japan, Sokaku Reibo, or Nesting Cranes, is usually played in ten to twelve minute excerpts culled from the main piece, as it lasts 45 minutes when played in its entirety.  Multiple repetitions are skipped, as well as major parts of the composition, and the whole nature of the original is essentially unknown. Tufts’ Elizabeth Reian Bennett, shakuhachi Grand Master, will present a first full performance of this piece since the 19th century.

The sacred crane, symbol of happiness, vocalizes and dances throughout the day, and both sexes rear their young. In feudal times, only one crane a year was allowed to be killed, as a gift for a special feast for the emperor. This piece is a description in sound of the calls between the parent cranes and their nestlings, set among the leaping and prancing of the flock, and the lisp and suck of the marsh mud.

To see the cranes go to:

http://www.arkive.org/japanese-crane/grus-japonensis/video-09f.html

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Distler Hall, Tufts University.
Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center,
20 Talbot Avenue,
Medford, MA 02155
Directions, PDFs & more:  http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/
Information: 617.627.3679

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Shakuhachi Lecture Demonstration on October 15

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7 PM

Medford Public Library
111 High St., Medford, MA 02155
http://medfordlibrary.org/

info: 781-395 -7950

All About the Japanese  Flute with Elizabeth Reian Bennett

In this performance and talk, Elizabeth will introduce the shakuhachi: how it is made, played and the culture in which it is rooted. This will be followed by a selection of pieces from the early days of the wandering monks, the later ensemble repertory, and a composition written for her by local composer John McDonald.

Supported in part by the Medford Arts Council and by the Friends of the Medford Public Library, and specially promoted by Arts Across Medford

Elizabeth’s performance to appear in new Erenberg CD

Elizabeth’s performance of  Breeze/Seeds/Sun/Growth, by Jeannette Chechile, composing at Tufts University, will be featured in a duo with flutist Elizabeth Erenberg  as a part of Erenberg’s new CD. Erenberg plans to release her CD in spring of 2014. It features new music by contemporary composers for flute in combination with different instruments.

Upcoming concert on September 15

Three Dimensions: a reunion concert of composers

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 8 PM
Distler Hall, Tufts University. Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Directions, PDFs & more: http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/
Information: 617.627.3679

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The program includes music for medieval flute and shakuhachi, the Japanese traditional flute; Baroque flute, piano and voice; a Baroque flute solo which is not quite a solo; some aleatoric music influenced by ancient Canadian and Japanese traditions; a piece for two pianos; songs for two sopranos and piano, and more songs to texts by Pablo Neruda, accompanied by percussion and Baroque flute – a varied program that brings together sonorities from around the world.

I will play a premiere by John McDonald for medieval flute (Na’ama Lion) and shakuhachi, called “Tuk”, as in missi-tuk, the Mystic River, which flows near us here. The other composers are Jorge Ibanez, Atsushi Yoshinaka and David Claman.

New CD coming!

As many of  you know, John McDonald, the composer at Tufts University just north of Boston, has composed a CD of music for me: quite a few solos, a duo, and pieces for shakuhachi and piano and shakuhachi and contralto. Now that it has been recorded and we have chosen the takes, the next step is to get it to the music publishers.

The CD is called “Haunt,” an idea that appeals to John in its meaning of a place to which to return again and again. As it may take some time before the CD is released, I hope to give you an early taste of some of the selections on it. In fact, what I’d like to beguile you  with is the first half of the title work “Haunt”, for shakuhachi and piano. It ends with an improvisational section between the two instruments which surprised and delighted us every time  we heard it. Look for it in this section soon.

The Art and Flow of Aikido

I had a lot of fun doing the sound for this film, “The Art and Flow of Aikido”, by Aikido instructor Ted Goodman, who teaches in the area. Ted approached me to do this three years ago, but the project went no further. Then he came to my performance at Tufts University in April and said  he was ready to record me. In the event, we did our high tech recording in a few short sessions by placing a microphone on a low stool,  accompanied by Ted’s hypoallergenic dog, who kindly remained silent during the process. Ed Keith, a student of Ted’s, edited the sound.

The film is to be broadcast on the Arlington, MA Community Media Television in July 2013.  See the schedule at acmi.tv