‘Sho’ Traditional Chinese Instrumental Performance

Tokugawa Museum Concert Series

The traditional ‘Sho’ is the instrument commonly used for solo performances. It was introduced to Japan from China during the Nara period and is a free reed instrument composed of slender bamboo pipes of varied lengths.

The traditional ‘Sho’ usually refers to version with 14 or 17 pipes, but currently versions with 21, 24, or even 26 pipes are also called ‘traditional Sho’.

Though there are many pieces made for solo performances on the traditional Sho, there are also many performances that are only possible with the unique breath and tongue techniques of this Chinese Sho.

It has diverse and powerful tones, and if you listen with an ear for the Japanese Sho you will be surprised at the difference.

This instrument also has different sound articulations based on the maker and location of its manufacture.

Though the more difficult articulations seem to be disappearing with the passing of the years, there is still no unified structure as of yet.

The Hulusi is a Chinese folk instrument similar to a flute. This instrument from the minority tribes of the Yunnan region has a wonderful tone. Of the 3 bamboo pipes, the central pipe plays the musical scale, while the pipes on either side can form chords by opening their stops.

Date: June 17th, 2012, curtain up at 2pm (entry from 1 :30pm)

Location: Tokugawa Museum event room

1-1215-1 Mikawa, Mito; Tel: 029-241-2721

Access: Take Ibaraki Kotsu bus #3 or line 37 from bus stop #4 at the north exit of Mito Station (20min), get off at Mikawa 2chome, 5min on foot.

Performer: Inner Mongolia-born Te Jun Jon

Pieces: Pastoral Capriccio…Mongolian folk song

Dance of the Yao…Yunnan folk song

Moon on the Ruined Castle…by Taki Rentaro

And more (in addition to the Sho, there will be performances of the Hulusi and saxophone as well)

Tickets are 1500yen each (for high school age and up), sold at the door


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