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A rare chance to hear Kameyama Kono, one of Japan’s foremost Yamada-ryu koto masters performing a range of traditional and modern pieces for koto, shamisen and shakuhachi. Having studied under the legendary koto teacher and composer, Nakanoshima Kin-ichi, she embarked on a solo career bringing new lights to the roots of the classical repertoire while also exploring contemporary koto music through an acclaimed series of concerts, CD recordings and performances on TV and radio. In this recital she is accompanied by the rising shamisen star Kaori Naka, and Michael Soumei Coxall on shakuhachi.

The Nonesuch Explorer: Music from Distant Corners of the World

This episode features sides one and two of the 2-record album ‘The Nonesuch Explorer: Music from Distant Corners of the World’, a collection of recordings from Indonesia, Japan and India, reminding us of the musical diversity within Asia. Presented by Louise Ungless



A Musical Anthology of the Orient, from the UNESCO Collection; Japan 1; Edited for the International Music Council by the International Institute for Comparative Music Studies (commentary in French, English, German)
Bären Reiter Musicaphon BM 30 L 2012

This episode features an LP of traditional Japanese music, recorded in 1962. Both songs are representative of the two major schools of koto in Japan, the Ikuta and Yamada schools respectively. The show is presented by Chiara Terzuolo.

Side 1:
Yaegoromo, ‘Five Seasonal Songs about Dresses’