Ancient Voices: Shomyo Buddhist Chant Workshop by Junko Ueda @ Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin [16. Juni]

Ancient Voices: Shomyo Buddhist Chant Workshop by Junko Ueda

14:00 - 17:00

Haus am Kleistpark
Grunewaldstraße 6-7, 10823 Berlin, Germany
Ancient voices in a contemporary society: Shomyo Buddhist Chant Workshop by Special Guest Junko Ueda

古代の声を現代に生かす: 声明ワークショップ

----Sawai Koto Berlin and Leo Kestenberg Musikschule Cultural Workshop Series

Where: Room 101, Haus am Kleistpark, 10823 Berlin-Schöneberg Grunewaldstr. 6-7, 1 OG

When: Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 14:00 — 17:00

Participation fee: 50 Euro for 3 hours' workshop, including a break with tea and Japanese sweets. 45 Euro for Sawai Koto Berlin members. 25 Euro for teenagers under 18.
Verbindliche Anmeldung: [email protected]

Shomyo Buddhist Chant — Workshop

The workshop introduces the Japanese Buddhist chant Shomyo, which is originated from the 9th century. Under the guidance of Junko Ueda, the participants will practice how to sing Shomyo.
Also, breathing and body exercises are introduced. Anyone can
join this workshop as no musical knowledge is required.
The aim of the workshop is to:
• train consciousness and control of the breathing.
• train overall concentration.
• learn about the energy centre called ‘Hara’ (Seika-Tanden)
and to release the stress-level.
• enjoy the group singing, allowing and embracing
differences of each one’s voice qualities.
• enjoy simple body exercises.
• experience the 1200-year-old Japanese ancient music and
to explore its unique concept.
• stimulate an inner creativity.
• develop vocalization and body control (certainly useful for
wind instrument players and vocalists).

Because of its style of slow melismatic Shomyo chanting, the participants will be stimulated to concentrate on their breathing in a quiet manner. While enjoying singing basic Shomyo melodies and meeting this ancient tradition, we will aim to discover the wisdom and the power of the breath. Since 1995, Junko Ueda has been presenting Shomyo workshop. Through promoting these ancient and universal melodies, she supports a global sustainability with thinking about good air as a primary importance to enjoy the breathing.

Contents of the Workshop
• Warming up: Breath and body exercises, aiming to the consciousness to the breath and the energy centre called ‘Hara’ (Seika-Tanden).
• Introduction of Shomyo: First we learn various Shomyo melody patterns and later we sing musical variations using these
melody patterns.
• Singing traditional Shomyo pieces: Practice 'Sange' and ‘Taiyo'.

Practical aspects
• Amount of participants: minimum 5, maximum 15
• It is recommended for the participants to wear any style of casual clothes (better avoid high heels and neck-ties).
• A workshop can be held in any quiet place with sufficient space to put chairs for the participants in a half circle. A black-/white-board is needed.
• Language: English, Japanese, Spanish and Dutch.

Junko Ueda

Born in Tokyo, Japan, is Japanese singer and satsumabiwa
(Japanese lute) player, presenting Japanese traditional biwa music (story-telling) and Shomyo Buddhist chant. Ueda studied satsuma-biwa with the famous Kinshi Tsuruta and has been studying Shomyo since 1983 with Kôshin Ebihara (monk ofTendai-shû sect). She studied composition (under Reiko Arima, Jôji Yuasa, Sei Ikeno) at the Tokyo College of Music. Ueda is based in Europe/Japan and has presented her solo concerts, workshops and other collaborations in the world (e.g. with flutist Wil Offermans; cellist Yo-yo Ma; the Dutch Nieuw Ensemble; and composers Jean-Claude Eloy, Keiko Harada, Akemi Naitô,Daryl Jamieson). Ueda is also specialized to perform the works for biwa/voice by Japanese composer Tôru Takemitsu. Her two traditional biwa CDs, ‘L’épopée des Heike’ (CD650 VDE/AIMP, Geneva) and ‘Satsuma Biwa’ (ARN64577 Ethnomad/Arion, Geneva/Paris) have received several prizes e.g. the Grand Prix du Disque, Academie Charles Cros, Paris and Choc Le Monde de la Musique, Paris. She has recorded her Shomyo CD ‘Meditative Flowers’ (CD-E141 E-records, Granada).

“ Very organic music. I feel very comfortable and relaxing to sing together.” enquête of a Shomyo workshop

“ It is amazing that so many different voice qualities can be together and make a music. There is no competition and no stress. You can just produce your voice as you feel like.”enquête of a Shomyo workshop

«Standing next to the music with text and musical instructions, she played long ritual only with her voice. For fifty minutes the audience was holding their breath...» Shomyo Concert, De Volkskrant, Holland

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