Category Archives: Noh Music

Posts discussing various aspects of noh music.

Composing Zahdi, Pt. 1

Photos and Contribution by David Crandall [EDITOR’S NOTE: Part of the continuing conversation surrounding Carrie Preston’s  Zahdi Dates and Poppies, premiering on March 30, 2016 at the Tsai Performance Center, Boston.] In their delightful posts, Carrie and David S. both … Continue reading

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Finding the Dog

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Crandall provides some thoughts concerning his composition of the score of Carrie Preston’s Zahdi Dates and Poppies, premiering on March 30, 2016 at the Tsai Performance Center, Boston. Image of painting provided by David Crandall. Please consider … Continue reading

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Newsletter, Vol. 7, Nos. 3-4

The newest edition of our newsletter is now available. Please click above, or on the image to download the PDF. In this issue we’ve got an article covering our 2012 Costume Workshop, an article by Traditional Theatre Training founder Jonah … Continue reading

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Not noh, but Not not noh

Contributed by Michael Gardiner In my recent, more analytic posts, there was some semblance of logic and/or method, however ill-formed. But today I’m going to try and talk about my own music and noh. A dangerous topic, and by all … Continue reading

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Time and its Double: An Alchemical Inquiry

Contributed by Michael Gardiner That the process of the universal or truth—they are one and the same thing—is transversal relative to all available instances of knowledge means that the universal is always an incalculable emergence, rather than a describable structure. … Continue reading

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Beyond the Agemaku (揚幕)

Contributed by David Surtasky Oshirabe. The flute and drums begin, unseen by the audience, their aural sigils reach out in preface to the story about to unfold. In a line the musicians sit, just beyond the edge of the agemaku. … Continue reading

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The Look of the Feel (Pt. IV)

Contributed by Michael Gardiner (Part IV of A few thoughts on instrumental tone-color and the noh spectrum.) Figure 1 Tone-color Profile of the Kotsuzumi Although the kotsuzumi is smaller in size than the ōtsuzumi, figure 1 shows that the pitch … Continue reading

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