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Silk Road Journey to the East

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Eurasia Consort quartet webEurasia Consort presents music found along the Silk Road. During the sixth century Buddhism traveled from India to China. This journey also brought music, instruments and musicians to China. East Asian courts became filled with international music and Japan became the cul-de-sac of music and instruments. The Japanese Emperor had a Treasure house, the Shosoin, filled with instruments, including kugo harps, flutes, pipes and percussions. This program presents court music on some of these instruments. 

Tomoko Sugawara ~ Kugo (ancient Angular harp) 
gamin ~ Piri (bamboo oboe), Seanghwang (mouth-organ) 
James Nyoraku Schlefer ~ Shakuhachi (bamboo vertical flute) and Ryuteki (bamboo transverse flute) 
Rex Benincasa ~ Hokyo (metallophone), drum

Eurasia Consort would like to introduce some ancient, and fascinating, East Asian music. This Eastern repertoire is scarcely known in the West, but it is now hoped it may find its rightful place in early world music.

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1:15 – 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, New York City

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