Music class we are on our 3rd unit. Our 3rd unit is based on Asian music. Our unit question is “ What makes music sound like it belongs to a particular part of the world?” We went to visit the ICJC. It where the other class goes to play koto. We went there to learn the notes, what is koto, how to play it and what are techniques. The techniques of koto are Shan, Kororin, Sha-sha and Ato-oshi. Shan is played by one note, Kororin (Syncopated) is played by 3 note pattern thats descending, Sha-sha played 2 notes at the same time and Ato-oshi is pressing the stings.
When the teachers and a special guest perform japanese music with three types of instruments koto, shamizen and shakuhachi. I liked the shakuhachi because it gives the sound of the wind in my opinion because you blow into the shakuhachi as if it was a flute or clarinet and I use to play the clarinet so I was familiar on how to use it. These were all of the pieces that were performed:
Classical koto/shamisen/shakuhachi trio – Eghigo Jishi
Shakuhachi solo – Honkyoku
Koto/shakuhachi duet – Kaze no Uta (Song of the Wind)
Koto solo – Gensokyoku (Fantasy)
Koto/shakuhachi duet – Deep Forest
My favorite piece was the Deep Forest because it was an original song written by the koto teacher and our visitor. They shared with us that the song was based on their hiking trip. As they were playing the song. I could imagine being in forest, smelling fresh air and coming out feeling refreshed. This song reminded me of a hiking trips I went on and I truly enjoyed it.