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Silk Road Journey to the East.

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EurasiaConsort2021 webTomoko Sugawara ~ kugo (ancient Angular harp)
August Denhard ~ lute
Rex Benincasa ~ hokyo (metallophone), drum
gamin ~ piri (bamboo oboe), seanghwang (mouth-organ)
James Nyoraku Schlefer ~ shakuhachi (bamboo vertical flute)

Eurasia Consort presents music found on the Silk Road in East Asia. During the 6th century Buddhist music filled the region between India and China. Japan became a cul-de-sac of music and instruments. The new ensembles include kugo, hokyo, sho and shakuhachi, instruments available in the Shosoin, Japan, the world's oldest museum.

Eurasia Consort would like to introduce some ancient and fascinating East Asian music. This Eastern repertoire is poorly known, both East and West. We now hope it may find its rightful place in the Early Far Eastern canon of music. We like to revive ancient music using manuscripts with instruments that survive in the Emperor's Treasury House, Shosoin, Japan.

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

In person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

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

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.