The Hougaku Quartet to Perform at Asia Society This Month
Asia Society presents The Hougaku Quartet on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Asia Society New York (725 Park Avene). Free. Reservation recommended.
Re-envisioning contemporary Japanese music, the Hougaku Quartet explores everything from traditional sounds to cutting-edge new compositions, all performed on traditional instruments and in the classic "Sankyoku" ensemble style. A trailblazing group, the Hougaku Quartet carries out its mission of both sustaining and expanding tradition by commissioning new works and reviving performances of masterpieces of Japanese modern music composed since the 1960s. This dynamic group of young virtuoso musicians, trained in the rigorous world of traditional Japanese music, is dedicated to creating music for today and for the future.
With a special guest performance by Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi). Presented in partnership with The Japan Foundation.
About The Hougaku Quartet:
Noriko Hirata was born and raised in Osaka. Noriko Hirata began studying koto under Fumiko Nagata at a young age and continues to study with Satomi Fukami. She graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with a major in traditional Japanese music. Since graduating, she has won many awards, and given many performances. She gave a solo performance in NHK Educational TV The Arts in Japan - Brilliant Young Emerging Artist, and later participated in the recordings of the same TV program's theme music and the music for NHK Radio 1's New Sunday Classic Drama Series. She has also participated in various concerts in Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Italy. Her performances are included in the albums Satomi Fukami: Nikyoku Issou and Harmonia Ensemble: Ballad for the Earth.
Yuiko Terai was born and raised in Fukushima City. Yuiko Terai began studying koto of the Ikuta School under Kyoko Sato at the age of 3, and currently studies under Yuko Endo and Chiaki Endo. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Tokyo University of the Arts with a major in traditional Japanese music. After her post-graduate program, Terai began holding regularly scheduled concerts in her home prefecture of Fukushima. Since 2015, she has also organized recitals in Tokyo featuring musicians who have studies under her. She has performed on NHK FM's H?gaku no Hitotoki (Japanese Music Moments) and H?gaku Hyakuban. She also holds concerts for preschool children to create opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to enjoy traditional Japanese music. She is dedicated to teaching and promoting traditional Japanese music.