Gagaku workshops: Instrument Workshop, Shō

Event Date: 

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Event Location: 

  • @ the Museum

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Emily Corb 


The shō is an ancient mouth organ made with bamboo, lacquered wood, and metal, used only in Gagaku and Bugaku, where it plays complex harmonic clusters as an accompaniment to the melodies. The workshop is directed by Maestro Hideaki Bunno, 36th generation of a family of musicians that has continuously played the shō at the imperial court of Japan for over 1000 years. Maestro Bunno is a former director of the Gagaku orchestra at the Imperial Palace of Japan and the director of a Gagaku ensemble performing at UCSB on March 5 and 6.

Organized by Fabio Rambelli. 

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Other Gagaku workshops at the museum: 

Gagaku History Lecture, March 5, 1:00-2:30PM

Kimono Display and Workshop, March 6, 1:00-3:00PM