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September 10, 2002

ISU music department hosts
Japanese ensemble

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Tokuzan and the Japanese Music Ensemble will open the Indiana State University Visiting Artist Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the recital hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The center is located at Seventh and Chestnut streets.

Traditional and contemporary Japanese music will be performed by the ensemble musicians who are masters of the koto, shamisen, jushichigen and shakuhachi. The performance will include ceremonial music and music that expresses Japanese scenes and folklore.

The Japanese koto is a string instrument that came from China more than 1,200 years ago and has been used in Japanese court music since that time. It is 6 feet in length and with 13 strings and is positioned flat on a large table. The shamisen, a three-stringed lute, is in constant use today in many types of Japanese music. The shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute, is associated with that country's folk songs as well as contemporary art music. The jushichigen is a kind of bass koto with 17 strings that are thicker than a regular koto.

Upcoming Visiting Artist Concerts include Clark Suttle, double bass, Sept. 28; Orlando Cotto, latin percussion, Oct. 4; and the Todd Coolman Jazz Trio, Oct. 21.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department concert hotline at (812) 237-2773 or visit the department's web site at


Todd Sullivan, Chairperson ISU Dept. of Music, (812) 237-2749,

Curt Koehler, ISU Public Affairs, (812) 237-3791, c

ISU Public Affairs:
(812) 237-3773,