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|Posted: 2011-11-10, 17:20 Post subject: First International Shakuhachi Competition
|Thanks for posting this! I just posted the requirements for the competition in English to make it easier for some. It looks great.
• This is an absolutely open competition, with no participation restrictions like age, pro/amateur status, shakuhachi style, nationality, etc. Choice of standard, long or short flute, five hole/seven hole, etc. is up to the participant.
• Registration Process: Fill out the application form and send it in with your shakuhachi solo (no accompaniment of any kind, live or recorded) recording of five (5) minutes or less. Any content is acceptable; classical, modern, folk, original, etc. Segments of longer pieces are also acceptable. Email (mp3, etc.) or mail (CD, mini-disk, etc.) your audition recording with the application form and fee.
• Registration Time-frame: Jan. 1, 2012 – Feb. 29, 2012
• Registration Fee: 5,000yen (JY) to be paid at time of registration by PAYPAL to the account below.
• Preliminary Judging: Preliminary judging of recordings will take place in March. Depending on the number of participants, up to 30 participants will be selected to perform in the final competition in Kyoto on May 31. Preliminary results will be reported to all participants as soon as they are determined, and will also be announced on the sponsor’s website and in the April, 2012 issue of Hogaku Journal.
• NOTE: For all participants in foreign countries who reach the finals, a travel support stipend of up to $500US (depending on origin of travel) will be provided.
• Final Competition Format: Each participant performs two pieces.
1. Individual Choice Piece (5 minutes): shakuhachi solo (no accompaniment of any kind, live or recorded). Any content is acceptable; classical, modern, folk, original, etc. At the participant’s discretion, the solo may or may not be the same piece used in the preliminary event.
2. Required Ensemble Piece (to be selected by the performer from two modern options/ 3 minutes): Options are (A) a new work for shakuhachi, koto and shamisen composed by Kumiko Takahashi, or (B) a new work for shakuhachi, koto and bass koto (17 string koto) composed by Tomoko Maeda. Sheet music and midi recordings for these pieces will be posted on the sponsor’s website on December 1, 2011.
• Participants will have 30 minutes each for live practice of the ensemble piece they select, either on the morning of the Finals competition or the day before, at Otani Hall. The sponsor will provide several teams of accompanists and specify which team will accompany which participant.
• Judges: Kaoru Kakizakai, Yôdô Kurahashi, Ryôzan Sakata, Takafumi Tanaka (Hogaku Journal), Shôzan Tanabe, David Kansuke Wheeler, Satomi Fukami (koto), Dôzan Fujiwara, Ichizan Hoshida, Mitsuzuka Yukihiko (except for Tanaka and Fukami, all shakuhachi players).
• Advisor: Munemasa Osaki, Representative of Japanese Music Association
• Master of Ceremonies: Christopher Yohmei
• Prize Money: 1st 1,000,000yen, 2nd 300,000yen, 3rd 100,000yen, Encouragement Prizes (Japanese Music Association Price 50,000yen, Hogaku Journal Prize 50,000yen). In addition to these Best Solo and Best Ensemble prizes are also being considered.