Category Archives: Concerts

Monday, November 3, 2014 8PM. What’s New in Bamboo

What's New in Bamboo

What’s New in Bamboo

For this concert Elizabeth Reian will play premieres by Martin Shcreiner of Harvard; Tufts’ grad composers Wei Yang and Cagdas Donmezer; as well as a duet for two shakuhachis by John McDonald; and  a traditional piece. Composer and shakuhachi player Chris Molina also will appear with New York shakuhachi artist Marco Lienhard in pieces he has created.

The pieces we’ll be playing span traditional, to modern and contemporary. So expect to hear cranes, see birds of paradise, and hear new ideas and imagination at work. You’ll also hear three shakuhachi players from different genealogies, with different playing styles, a unique experience at Tufts.

Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville.  Info: (617) 627-3679

http://as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter/visit/directions.htm

Free and open to the public
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Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3PM An Afternoon of Japanese Flute

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The Varis Performing Arts Series, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton, MA

To be held in the Kohnstamm Conference Room of the Jean Mayer Administration Building
201 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/grafton/

Elizabeth Reian will describe the early history of the shakuhachi, and include a selection of pieces that will range from early to contemporary, including an instrumental piece, Song of the Moon, and City of Lights, by John McDonald; with time for questions at the end.

Fans, come with your cameras and send me some pics! Signed CDs available at the venue.

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

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

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.