Hoichi the Earless: from 'Kwaidan' Ghost Story
The bizarre supernatural tale of Hoichi the Earless (from Kwaidan) is given a surreal spin in a new interpretation by three innovative artists from Japan. Akiko Sakurai, master performer of Japanese vocal music and Satsuma biwa (traditional Japanese lute); Kumotaro Mukai, renowned Butoh dancer from Dairakudakan; and Kiyoshi Ohira, musical disciple of the Saz (Turkish lute) weave traditional and contemporary Japanese performance into a compelling new work which will have its world premiere at the Asia Society.
Co-presented with the Japan Foundation
Listen to Akiko Sakurai on the Satsuma biwa:
Excerpt 1: Improvisations
Excerpt 2: At Asia Society New York with Yutaka Ota on yokobue (transverse flute) and Umeya Kizaburo on tsuzumi (Japanese drum)