Bourgie Hall presents

At the crossroads of Europe and Japan

Baroque and Renaissance works are rendered with a Japanese musicality in these original arrangements made for traditional European and Japanese instruments.

Koto – a long Japanese board zither with 13 strings and movable bridges. The koto is played by plucking the strings with the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand, which are fitted with ivory plectrums called tsume. The left hand, in traditions after the 16th century, may alter the pitch or sound of each string by pressing or manipulating the strings to the left of the bridges.

Shakuhachi – a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute. The bell (flared end) consists of the trunk of the bamboo plant with its root ends.

Yumiko Kanao, voice and koto
Bruno Chikushin Deschênes, shakuhachi

Bruno Deschênes did his academic studies in composition from McGill University, and Master Degree from the University of Montréal. He started his studies of the shakuhachi in Montreal with Mr. Yoshio Masumoto. In 1998 and 1999, he took lessons with Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin in New York, and since 1999, he is being trained by Mr. Yoshio Kurahashi, Japanese shakuhachi master from Kyoto, as well as Alcvin Ramos, a Canadian shakuhachi master now living in Vancouver. In April 2002, he visited Japan to take classes with Kurahashi Sensei. A composer, he is also a pianist, accompanist, as well as an ethnomusicologist, specialized in Japanese music. Since 1985, he has published and regularly lectured in anthropology, sociology and philosophy of music in Germany, France, England, Croatia, Canada and the U.S.A.

Michel Zenchiku Dubeau, shakuhachi

A classically and jazz-trained musician, Michel Dubeau excels in tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. In 1987, he began to study the shakuhachi with Professor Yoshio Masumoto in Montreal. In 2000 he was awarded a grant by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to study the Jin Nyodo style in New York with Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin, an American shakuhachi master. He is now studying with Yoshio Kurahashi, a shakuhachi master from Kyoto, Japan and Alcvin Ramos, a Canadian shakuhachi master now living in Vancouver. In addition to the shakuhachi, he plays the shinobue (a Japanese bamboo transverse flute), the Arab nay, the Armenian duduk, the Chinese Di-dze, the South American qena, the Bulgarian kaval, the Scottish bagpipe, and a number of other wind instruments from all over the world.

Mika Putterman, Baroque flute
Boaz Berney, Renaissance flute
Kyran Assing, cello


Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 7:30pm
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