Modern & Ancient Koto Music (Ikuta School).
Album · 1996 · 8 Songs. Japanese Koto Consort: Master Musicians of the Ikuta School. Tegoto: Japanese Koto Music. Music from the Lost Kingdom: Vietnam.
Japanese music - Japanese music - Koto music: The koto, a 13-stringed zither with movable bridges, has been mentioned as one of the basic instruments of the court ensembles as well as a common cultural accoutrement for court ladies. The development of independent solo and chamber music genres for that instrument becomes more evident as one moves into the Muromachi period (1338–1573). The earliest surviving school of solo koto music is Tsukushi-goto.
Shochikubai (Music Of Pine, Bamboo And Plum Blossoms) - Koto Ensemble Of The Ikuta School. 9:44 - The Jock Strapp Ensemble. Adaptation Of The Koto Song - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. Adaptation Of The Koto Song (mp3 clip) - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. Snowscape - University of the Arts School of Music Graduate Ensemble. Interlude: Vibraphone - University of the Arts School of Music Graduate Ensemble. Interlude: Trumpet - University of the Arts School of Music Graduate Ensemble.
She entered the Watanabe School, where she studied koto music of the Ikuta-ryu style. Hagiwara was given the degree of koto master and subsequently taught at the Kyoto School for the Blind. The Government later named her Juyo-Mukei-Bunkazai, an important cultural post and one of the great honors for a Japanese artist. Shakuhachi (bamboo-flute) master Kikusui Kofu accompanies the koto artists heard here. While he specializes in traditional music, he is an important figure in the experimental directions of modern Japanese music, and is a skilled inventor of various wind and string instruments . Master Shogin Hagiwara, one of the koto performers featured on the album, lost her eyesight when she was six. She entered the Watanabe School, where she studied koto music of the Ikuta-ryu style.