Hello from Kyoto

I’m in Japan at the moment, preparing for a shamisen performance tomorrow. Teachers and students of the Kineya Katsu guild have come together in Kyoto to perform an all-day nagauta (Kabuki music) extravaganza at the famous Minami-za Theater. My teacher’s group is playing a piece called Tsuki no Maki. It’s about 17 minutes and involves changing the instrument tuning halfway through the piece. It’s surprising how much more difficult that makes the piece! I’ve spent the last year or so working on it and the last week in Kumamoto cramming, so I think I’m as ready as I can be. Wish me luck!

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