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Transmission [electronic resource]: Learning Music

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Demonstrates how we learn musical traditions and maintain, modify, notate, teach and perform them for a new, younger audience. Examples are chosen from Indian classical music, African village drumming and modern jazz and gospel.
Online
1999
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Tsugaru Shamisen [electronic resource]: World of Michihiro Sato

Michihiro Sato is considered the finest player of the Tsugaru shamisen, a traditional three-stringed instrument of the Tsugaru province integral to Japanese folk music. This program combines live performances by Sato at the Otsu Traditional Performing Arts Center with the musician's commentary on the history and role of the shamisen player, a door-to-door minstrel of a bygone era. Sato also discusses the future of Tsugaru shamisen, such as his work with jazz and avant-garde musicians in America and Europe.
Online
2006; 2000
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Shozan Tanabe [electronic resource]: Sound of Silence

The shakuhachi, a kind of wooden flute, was introduced to Japan sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries and was used in court music as well as in Buddhist monasteries as a vehicle for enlightenment. This program features performances and discussion by Shozan Tanabe, one of Japan's most recognized players of the shakuhachi. Along with recordings of his music, Tanabe talks about the history of this instrument so often associated with the "sound of Japan.
Online
2006; 2000
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Koto [electronic resource]: Praise on Strings

Hideaki Kuribayashi was a disciple of koto legend Tadao Sawai and is considered the finest living player of this traditional Japanese stringed instrument. In this program, interviews with Kuribayashi are intercut with performances from his concerts in Nagano and Kyoto in 2000. Kuribayashi comments on the history and art of koto music and discusses the creation of his own original musical compositions.
Online
2005; 2002
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Mythical Tunes of Biwa [electronic resource]: Yoshiko Sakata

The biwa, a pear-shaped, wooden lute, is played using a triangular plectrum. With no structured tuning, the instrument is adjusted to complement the player's voice, allowing for a highly personalized music. This program showcases the sounds of one of Japan's oldest stringed instruments through performances by Yoshiko Sakata, a noted biwa player and composer who plays both traditional songs and original compositions.
Online
2006; 2003