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The Aeolian Trio

9/19/18 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sykes Common Lounge

“The Silk Road and Japanese Music: From Spain to Japan: How Ancient Trade Routes Continue to Connect Asia and the West.”
Aeolian Duo with Special Guest Todd Isler Sponsored with help from the SLU Arts Collaborative Council Summer.

Lunchtime Concert Japanese Traditional Music Lives!

Shakuhachi Bamboo Flute: The Zen Mendicant Tradition has a Voice in Jazz.

Held outdoor in the Sykes North Country Japanese Garden Wednesday, 9/19 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (in case of rain Sykes Garden).

Come bring your lunch and listen to the traditional Japanese Bamboo Flute come alive in a modern musicial Jass melange with Middle eastern drumming and flamenco guitar.


There will also be an evening performance: "The Silk Road, Jazz and Modern Sounds from Spain to Tokyo"

Thursday 9/20 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sykes Commons

The shakuhachi, a Japanese traditional bamboo flute that is rooted in Zen Buddhism, meets the guitar, a Spanish folk instrument that became a giant of jazz, rock and pop. In ancient times the shakuhachi was carried from the Middle East to Japan on the fabled Silk Road. Meanwhile, the guitar springs from flamenco and Renaissance traditions, and has antecedents in the Middle Eastern Oud. These seemingly disparate traditions separated by a two continents spring from the same cradle of civilization. Now, centuries later, in California, Tokyo, and New York, Japanese guitarist Kôfû Suwa and shakuhachi master Bruce Huebner join New York-based percussionist Todd Isler to reunite these ancient traditions and bring them into the Twenty First Century. In their concert we hear how the melisma and phrygian “Spanish” mode is answered by the nuances of the Japanese miyako mode of the Zen bamboo flute, and how the rich rhythmic traditions of South and Central Asia underpin the fusion. The first-time audience goer might ask can two such seemingly disparate worlds be joined in a meaningful way? The concert opens with a solo by the guitar in the style of flamenco. This is contrasted immediately with a shakuhachi piece that Buddhist mendicants, the komuso, have transmitted over centuries. While these hallowed sounds are still ringing in our ears, Aeolian Duo is joined by the hand drums and frame drums and performs a set of original material and take us to a new world and a remarkable fusion. This is very much a Twenty-first century concert that interconnects us and reconnects ancient traditions.