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The Shakuhachi Experience (Markus Guhe)

By | Published on Friday 10 August 2018

The Japanese bamboo flute has a mysterious, ethereal sound; acknowledged expert Markus Guhe demystified it for us and introduced Taiko drumming too. His worthwhile commentary on the Shakuhachi, Japanese culture and history was interesting and helpful, however it interrupted the mood established by the traditional instruments so this was not a meditation. But even in a Western setting the music was contemplative – among the traditional tunes was ‘Koden Sugomori (Nesting of Cranes)’, hundreds of years old and describing the revered, sacred cranes; during this I had an insight into a modernist composer that had been puzzling me for a decade! This was a lilting, gentle break from the excesses of the Fringe and a chance to learn something new.

Various @ theSpace, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]