Published: Sept. 24, 2012

The Center for Asian Studies and The College of Music would like to present: Min'yo: Japan's Musical Roots.

This two-part event will begin with a concert on Sunday, Septebmer 30 and conclude with a lecture on Monday, October 1. Min’yo folk songs in Japan provide a window on the past and a view of the local. For modern Japanese people folk songs evoke nostalgia for a rural Japan that seems to be vanishing with migration away from the countryside and toward the urban centers. The words and melodies of folk songs illuminate local customs and histories, express indigenous beliefs and Buddhist philosophy, and feature choruses of mysterious syllables of unknown meaning that have long intrigued scholars of Japanese folklore. This series will introduce the sounds of Japanese folk songs, explain their historical significance and explore their hidden meanings. Please see below for more event information:

Sunday, September 30, 2012
7:30 pm, Grusin Hall, Imig Music Building
Admission Free

Concert: Japanese Folk Music and Dance with performing artists Masahiro Takeda and Hiroko Takeda from Japan. Featuring Mami Itasaka-Keister (Miko Bando) and members of the CU Japanese Ensemble under the direction of Prof. Jay Keister and Mami Itasaka-Keister.

Monday, October 1, 2012
2:00pm, Room C-199, Imig Music Building
Admission Free

Lecture Presentation (presented by The Colloquium Series):  “Min’yo: Japan’s Music Roots” Lecture by Prof. Jay Keister, featuring performance by Masahiro Takeda, Hiroko Takeda and Mami Itasaka-Keister (Miko Bando).