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Special kote performance at moon festival

Special kote performance at moon festival

The Japanese Consul-General’s wife, Mrs Kozue Okabe, has confirmed she will perform the ‘Spring Sea’ on traditional Japanese harp at the 2006 Waitakere Moon Festival on 6 October.

Mrs Okabe will perform the piece on the traditional Japanese harp, the kote at 8pm on the main stage of the New Lynn Community Cenre accompanied by Ms. Bianca Kofoed, a Baroque violin performance major at Auckland University.

The ‘Spring Sea’ is one of the most popular pieces of koto music in Japan composed by Michio Miyagim, a blind koto virtuoso and innovator of modern koto music. This piece was originally composed for a duet of Koto and bamboo flute. A French violinist Renee Chemet, who visited Japan in 1932, arranged it for the violin.

Mrs Okabe’s performance at the opening ceremony on October 6 is just one of nine performances scheduled for the main stage. Other performers include Auckland Mai Taiko and the Sonar Chand Dance Academy. A full draft programme is available at www.moonfestival.co.nz.


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