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Yoko Hiraoka, Master of Biwa, Koto, and Shamisen
April 6, 7:30 PMFree
With a performance career spanning more than 30 years, Yoko Hiraoka is widely recognized as a master performer and teacher of Japanese traditional string instruments and vocal styles. Hiraoka returns to Colby to sing and play highlights of famous music for the biwa (four-stringed lute). The Tale of the Heike is a lyrical account of tragic medieval revolutionary battles between rival samurai (warrior) clans competing to replace the Japanese emperor with their own military rule. With rapturous poetry, soaring vocal lines, and virtuosic technical demands, Tale of the Heike is a true monument of Japanese musical art.