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Past Event

Saturday University: Music of the Tang Dynasty

Nov 3 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Music of the Tang Dynasty: Connections to Japan
Tomoko Sugawara, harpist

Harpist Tomoko Sugawara explains her work to reconstruct the ancient kugo harp, originally from Mesopotamia, which spread along the Silk Road into Tang Dynasty China. Although this type of harp disappeared from use, some of the Tang music is preserved in manuscripts that were collected in Japan.

In addition to her demonstration on a reconstructed harp, she will perform a couple of selections of music illustrating the Silk Road, with two other members of the musical ensemble The Eurasia Consort: August Denhard (lute) and Antonio Gomez (percussion).

The Eurasia Consort travels the Silk Road from east to west, blending musical colors to create new sound portraits from the varied cultures along the ancient trade route. The artists each bring perspectives from different musical worlds as they create seamless connections of song, rhythm, and improvisation.

Please note: South Hall doors open at 9:30 AM.


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206.442.8480 [email protected]

Full series tickets: $95; SAM members $50
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Photo: Ben Van Houten

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