Toyoaki Shamisen: Japanese Music Lecture and Demonstration with Ozashiki dance and Ohayashi
Anderson Japanese Gardens Monthly Lecture Series
No Cost to Attend | Pre-Registration Required
In this lecture, you will learn about the unique tradition of Tokyo geisha music. Toyoaki Shamisen, led by award-winning Toyoaki Sanjuro (aka Tatsu Aoki), is one of the three core groups that comprise the traditional performing arts at Asian Improv aRts Midwest. Our outreach presentations provide lectures with performance of traditional ozashiki geisha house(chamber) and Ohayashi music with ozashiki dance. While popular geisha shamisen music like Hauta and Kouta focus mostly on singing, Ozashiki shamisen is largely instrumental and used mostly as interlude music before the featured geisha ladies appear, or to fill time in large parties and gatherings.