Traditional Japanese Instruments in Contemporary Society

Students in higher education today have access to the wealth of Japan-focused courses and study abroad programs – but compared to literature, visual arts, tea ceremony, and other arts and humanities, Japanese music often remains very inaccessible to students. In spite of their aesthetic appeal and rich musical history, many Japanese instruments can be surprisingly hidden, even when living in the country.

Ethnomusicology graduate student Garrett Grosbeak will discuss his experience and challenge in combining his interests of music and Japanese studies, and how he hopes to expand music-focused educational opportunities in the future. Guests will also be able to hear excerpts of traditional koto music and singing and even try playing a bit themselves.