10 years of Japanese music in Prague

International festival dedicated to Japanese music brings masters of bamboo flute shakuhachi to Prague

International Shakuchachi Festival Prague (ISFP, 2. -6 June) celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Prague Shakuhachi Festival and will introduce a number of significant premieres and styles of music.

In cooperation with Prague Spring Festival and the Prague Radio Symphonic Orchestra the Festival will feature a concert for symphony orchestra and Japanese instruments. The legendary November Steps by Toru Takemitsu will be performed by the world famous soloists Kifu Mitsuhashi and Kumiko Shuto.

Another important premiere on the Czech scene will be the concert of contemporary Japanese composers played by BERG Orchestra in a unique environment of the long closed cinema 64 U hradeb on June 6.

The festival will also feature many events dedicated to Japanese spiritual music and chamber music and will be held by at the festival's main venue the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague(HAMU). Beyond the extensive concert program the festival offers doznes lectures, beginner workshops and masterclasses to it's visitors. An exhibition in the National gallery at Old-town square will tell the story of the Shakuhachi as well as Japanese esthetics and film projections of Japanese films will take place in the courtyard of the National Gallery at Old-town square as well as in the cinema of National Film Archive Ponrepo.

The Festival will be visited by international artists from the Japan, Europe, USA and other countries. During its ten years of existence the Prague Shakuhachi Festival has become an important educational platform for artists, musicians, scholars, composers, students and the wider audience. By supporting emerging composers, the festival tries to reconnect with the famous Czech composer tradition.

It is a longtime goal of the festival to expand its audience perception for sound not only in concert settings but beyond that in everyday life; to include all noises, rattles and silence.

The festival is organized by 108 Hz in cooperation with HAMU, Prague Spring Festival, National Theatre, National Gallery in Prague, Czech-Japan Association, NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts, BERG Orchestra, The National Film Archive and Ponrepo cinema and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Culture Fund of Czech Republic, Prague City Council, OSA, Japan Foundation, Agosto Foundation, Institute of Intermedia, Expres Tisk, Goout.cz and hotel AXA. Its media partners are Playboy, Radio Wave, Radio 1 and Radio Classic.

More information on www.isfp.cz

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