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Celebrating the Genius of Michio Miyagi (1894-1956)

Wednesday | October 5 2016 | 6:30 pm


Michio Miyagi, Rondon no yoru no ame (A Night of Rain in London)
Michio Miyagi, Sashisou hikari (Confluent Rays of Light)
Michio Miyagi, Ochiba no odori (Dance of Fallen Leaves)
Michio Miyagi, Seoto (Song of a Stream)
Minoru Miki, Hanayagi (The Greening)
Tadao Sawai, Tori no youni (Like a Bird)
Dai Fujikura, Cutting Sky
Michio Miyagi, Haru no umi (The Sea in Spring)

Presented by the IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives, Columbia University. One of the greatest early-20th-century koto performer-composers, Miyagi transformed the koto into the several modern koto instruments played today. A contemporary of Rachmaninoff and Ravel, he grew up as emerging phonography and radio technology was changing the nature of “audience.” At European festivals he represented Japanese music and became the first traditional Japanese musician to record with Victor Records and broadcast on radio. On the sixtieth anniversary of his death celebrated New York and Tokyo artists present Miyagi’s works and those by composers influenced by him.

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