TPCC Presents: ZEN RENAISSANCE
Featuring Ueno Koshuzan
Conductor . Lim Yau
08 Sep 2012 . Sat
School of the Arts Concert Hall
The Philharmonic Chamber Choir (TPCC) returns to SOTA Concert Hall with another exciting collaboration – this time, with Japanese shakuhachi master, Ueno Koshuzan. The soulful
shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown flute. In medieval Japan, Zen Buddhist monks used the shakuhachi as a spiritual tool; their songs were considered meditation.
In the Western world, the Renaissance was a cultural movement that had a profound effect in European intellectual life, encompassing literature, philosophy, art, politics, science, religion and music. Here, increasingly freed from medieval constraints in range, rhythm, harmony, form and notation, music became a vehicle for personal expression. Both the secular and sacred music collided and influenced one another.
Along the delicate lines of the secular and the sacred, TPCC will be singing a range of Renaissance and Renaissance-inspired compositions. Ueno Koshuzan will weave the gossamer magic of the shakuhachi through the concert.
A unique and not-to-be-missed musical experience – come to the concert, close your eyes, open your ears and be mesmerised by the music from worlds apart, and yet universally intimate.
Master Ueno Koshuzan was conferred the title of Master Player ‘Dai-Shihan’ status from Tozan Ryu Shakuhachi School, where he learned to play the shakuhachi from Master Yagi Kozan, and later from Japanese Living Treasure, Yamamoto Hozan.
Chang Tou Liang . PIANOMANIA