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Friday, Oct. 17, 2003

OF NOTE

Koto, piano in contemporary concert

A concert of contemporary music for koto and piano will be held in Tokyo's OAG Hall (German Culture Center) on Oct. 18, sandwiched between a lecture and an evening discussion session on the traditional Japanese instrument.

Peter Gahn, a German composer teaching at Senzoku College of Music, is lecturing on "The Tradition and Future of Koto." The lecture, in which Keiko Hisamoto will play koto, starts at 3 p.m.; admission is free.

The lecture will be in German without translation.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. and will feature koto and piano pieces composed by Gahn, Gerhard Staebler and Markus Bongartz (all from Germany), Kunsu Shim (Korea/Germany) and Satoshi Tanaka (Japan). Tickets for the concert are 3,500 yen at the door and 3,000 yen in advance. Tickets for students or OAG members are 2,500 yen. For more information, call (03) 3582-7743 or send e-mail to tokyo@oag.jp

The panel discussion, entitled "The Exotic of the Others," will start at 6:45 p.m. and be attended by Gahn, Tanaka, composer Yuji Ito, koto player Keiko Hisamoto and pianist Satoko Inoue.

The panelists will speak in Japanese. No translation will be provided.

The hall (Akasaka 7-5-56, Minato-ku) is a 10-minute walk from Aoyama Itchome subway station.



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