Mieko miyazaki & suizan lagrost KyoKu 
CONCERT / 60 min

Tuesday, 5th of March, at 6 p.m. Eglise St-Pierre, St-Pierre de Mézoargues

Composed of both classic and popular virtuoso pieces, the repertory of this one of a kind duo explores the nature just as much as the soul of Japan. Sublimated by an almost infinite sound palette that the koto (japanese zither), the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and the shamisen (three-string lute) offer, their music is both intense and wonderful.

Born in Tokyo, Mieko Miyazaki, learned how to play the koto and the shamisen, with Tomizo Huruya and Sachiko Tamura. She graduated in 1992  and starts an european career in 2005, shortly after her installation in France. Today, she is globally known as one of the principal faces of the koto. This thirteen-string instrument from the zither family, has been imported from China to Japan during the VIII° century and was then part of the gagaku orchestra (imperial court). It benefits from an increasing popularity during the XVI° century thanks to blind interpreters.

Of a French origin, Suizan Lagrost has learned the concert flute in Mulhouse and in Paris with Isabelle Froesh-Papirer, Daniel Morlier, Geneviève Amar, Vincens Prats and Michel Rousseau. In 2000, he trains himself to shakuhachi – a five-hole vertical bamboo flute which first appeared under the name of kyoku at the beginning of the XVII° century as a ritual instrument for the zen monks who indulged themselves to the beggary – with the great master Sōzan Kariya, the prominent representative of the Tozan school. Mitsuko Nakao, awards him the title ofshihan (master) seven years later. The flutist carries on an international career exploring the traditional, coeval or mixted repertories.

Delicate and refined, the repertory that the duo offers is constituted of traditional rooms from the XVII° to the XIX° century, the most peaceful era of the History of Japan, or of more recent compositions. Assimilated to a small set of chamber music,  the sankyoku indicates the instrumental trio composed of the koto, the shamisen and the shakuhachi. This instrumental formation, that has become one of the most characteristic of Japanese musical traditions, offers a high possibility of expression for each musician, often calling for imitations or variations of the same melodic patterns.

THIS CONCERT RESONATES WITH WEEKLY WORKSHOPS LEADED FOR SEVERAL YEARS BY THE FLUTIST EDO POLS, MUSICIAN INTERVENING FROM THE CONSERVATOIRE DE MUSIQUE,  WITH THE SCHOOLCHILDREN OF ST-PIERRE OF MÉZOARGUES.

AFTER APPRECIATING THE SOUND OF KAWALS FLUTES OF ISABELLE COURROY AND THE PERCUSSIONS OF SHADI FATHI DURING THE SUDS, IN WINTER IN 2018, THE STUDENTS OF THE VILLAGE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS YEAR DISCOVER THE FLUTES OF SHAKUHACHI THROUGH A SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP BEFORE THE CONCERT,  AND AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE ARTISTS AFTER THE PERFORMANCE.