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The Allure of the Shamisen: A Japanese Musical Tradition

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The Allure of the Shamisen: A Japanese Musical Tradition

Time: March 19, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, New York, NY, 10017
Street: 333 East 47th Street
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: https://www.japansociety.org/…
Phone: lprogram@japansociety.org
Event Discipline: japan, culture, music, lecture, other
Organized By: Japan Society
Latest Activity: Mar 13

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Played as accompaniment to kabuki plays and traditional puppet theater or by geisha, the three-stringed shamisen has been an integral part of traditional Japanese music for centuries. Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me, took a more unconventional path, apprenticing under her eccentric sensei while living abroad in Japan. At this talk, Pocorobba will discuss the history and features of the shamisen, illuminate her own journey learning to play this enigmatic Japanese instrument, and give a demo performance. 
Followed by a book-signing reception. 

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