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Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years

Sunday, March 2, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Marshall Auditorium, Roberts Hall, Haverford College

On Sunday, March 2, the glorious, reverberating voices of Buddhist priests in colorful robes will fill Marshall Auditorium.

One of the oldest living forms of vocal music, shomyo is believed to have originated in India before traveling along the Silk Road and eventually entering Japan in the 6th century, where it has been practiced ever since.

The critically acclaimed group Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years, comprising priests from the Shingon sect whose mission is to showcase the beauty of shomyo as an art form, will perform the traditional Rishu Zanmai.
Workshop with Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years
Monday, March 3, 2014
10:30—11:30 a.m.
Whitehead Campus Center, Room 313, Haverford College

This workshop, led by Shingon priests from the critically acclaimed group Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years, will introduce members of the community to the the liturgical piece sange.
Open to Tri-College students, staff, and faculty. Space is limited; please email hcah@haverford.eduby Friday, February 28, to reserve your spot.

The Spring Japanese Music Festival at Haverford College is organized by Hank Glassman, associate professor of East Asian Studies, and is sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies and the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities' Kessinger Family Fund for Asian Performing Arts.

The three-city American tour of Shomyo no Kai—Voices of a Thousand Years is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York. This tour is funded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2013; and a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for the festival comes from the Asahi Shimbun Foundation.


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