Kame no Otonahi
A Japanese sacred composition featuring the acoustics of shochu fermentation
Shochu is an indigenous alcoholic beverage of Japan, which is largely produced in Kyushu Island. Inspired by the sounds of shochu fermentation in the vessel (earthenware pot), a Kyushu University Geikoh’s* composer, Mamoru Fujieda created a contemporary rendition of traditional Japanese sacred music and dance, Kame no Otonahi (the sounds of a shochu vessel), in 2014.
The composition begins with solemn ritualistic music and dance. A while later, the sounds of fermentation start emanating from the vessel on the stage. As the piece proceeds, the audience realize that they are surrounded by loud sounds as if they were in the vessel and a part of the fermentation process.
This experience is made real by the technological advancement of a multichannel speaker system developed in Geikoh’s acoustic engineering laboratory.
*“Geikoh“ as written in Chinese characters means the (undergraduate) School, the Graduate School, and the Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, combined together.
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Start: 4:00 PM
Location: Noh Theater at Sumiyoshi Shrine (Sumiyoshi 3-1-51, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi)
【Composition / Artistic Direction】
Sho and Voice: Ko Ishikawa
Yamatogoto and Voice: Kayoko Nakagawa
Dance: Mitsuyo Uesugi, Yu Otagaki
Voice: Ami Yamazaki, Tsumugine (Yasuno Miyauchi, Marimi Morito, Arisa, and Akiko Urahata)
Tsuchibue (Soil Whistle): Toru Watanabe
【Post Performance Talk】
Ko Ishikawa (Gagaku Player)
Luna Ayasugi (Writer)
Hiromi Nagasawa (Mizuhiki Designer)
Mamoru Fujieda (Composer)
Fee: Adults ¥2,000 (ADV) / ¥2,500 (DOOR)
Students ¥1,500 (ADV & DOOR)
March 28, 2015, Multidimentional Design Hall, Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University
Acoustics of Shochu fermentation
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