Duo Sky perform the traditional music of Japan in a colorful, elegant and powerful stage presentation. Their repertoire ranges from the early Edo period (1603 onwards) to twentieth century and contemporary Japanese compositions.

The classical music of the Edo period evolved in the hands of several genius composers who wrote for a chamber music setting. It is an intimate and highly focused musical experience, taking the listener along with not only the instrumental tone poem, but also the sung story line, often a theme of love, loss, nature or the evanescence of life.

With the advent of the Meiji period (1868), Japanese composers exposed to Western musical forms began to write music in a new idiom, resulting in exquisite lyrical pieces, still thoroughly Japanese in feeling, but with a European-influenced timbral palette. Duo Sky performs many of these modern masterpieces as an interesting foil to the earlier classical compositions.

Lecture series: With a concert performance comes the option to include an academic and musical lecture presentation to college students or the public. Themes include: The aesthetic traditions of old Japan: wabi sabi etc.; the development of musical forms in Japanese traditional music.

April 1

Beloit College, Wisconsin

With Motoshige Kai (koto, shamisen, biwa)

April 4

Wabash College, Indiana

With Motoshige Kai (koto, shamisen, biwa)

April 5

DePauw University, Indiana

With Motoshige Kai (koto, shamisen, biwa)

April 7

St. Olaf College, Minnesota

With Motoshige Kai (koto, shamisen, biwa)

April 8

Carleton College, Minnesota

With Motoshige Kai (koto, shamisen, biwa)

June 23-27

Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies

Teaching ensemble workshops

August 27

Studio B, Boulder, CO

Concert

October 8-10

Kansas Japan Festival

Concerts and workshops with Kok Suga (Biwa), Motoshige Kai (Biwa, kokyu)

2005

For all bookiing enquiries contact: David Sawyer email (303) 666-5581

January 21

Lexington, Kentucky

Japan-America Society event

June 24

Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Loveland, CO

Concert

September 7

Consulate General of Japan, Denver

Moon-viewing ceremony

October 7-8

Kansas Japan Festival

Concerts and workshops with Kok Suga (Biwa), Motoshige Kai (Biwa, kokyu)

November 1st

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Opening of Asian wing

2006

2007

March 2

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Museum of Art

March 4

San Antonio, Texas

Our Lady of the Lakes University