At the 2013 Calgary Japanese Festival, I interviewed Martial Simard, asking him about what it's like to learn the shakuhachi. This bamboo flute is sometimes referred to as a "Japanese Zen flute". It's got a soft-spoken timbre, much like Martial-san.
We couldn't have asked for a better day for the third-annual Calgary Japanese Festival. I had a blast documenting the Omatsuri and interviewing the performers. Check out the first article in my 2013 Omatsuri series.
It's definitely cold and flu season. This last bout of colds means that it's time to beef up on those vitamins and regularly clean off the piano keys! Our musical exploration resumes with Japan, a country I hope to visit someday. Some traditional Japanese musical instruments include the taiko drums, the koto (stringed instrument), the shakuhachi (flute) and the shamisen.
This week's clip features the shamisen, which is a long necked banjo-like instrument with three strings. The two musicians display their virtuosity and showmanship in this clip, which reminds me of fight scenes from the PS2 game "Samurai Warriors".
Here's a clip from "Samurai Warriors" that includes the shamisen:
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