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Fudō Myō-ō: The Immovable

Contributed by the Editor. The Buddhist sin of attachment: it appears as a repeated theme in noh. It becomes the pervading emotional force which won’t allow the sentimental dead to pass on (Tōru,) that causes vengeful still living spirits to … Continue reading

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James Joyce at Ichi-no-Tani with a Glass Harmonica

Contributed by Kevin Salfen Assistant Professor of Music History, University of the Incarnate Word This summer I heard the flute that Renshō heard and thought of Joyce’s “The Dead.” In early August in Bloomsburg’s heat and bugs I heard the … Continue reading

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Funabenkei, Final Scene

Video of the spirit of Tomomori attacking Yoshitsune and Benkei in their boat. The final scene from the takigi noh performance of “Funabenkei,” Bloomsburg Town Park, 2009. Performed as part of the Noh Training Project under the auspices of the … Continue reading

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The Look of the Feel (Pt. III)

Contributed by Michael Gardiner (Part III of A few thoughts on instrumental tone-color and the noh spectrum.) Nohkan There are numerous scholarly sources describing the construction and basic principles of the noh flute, so I will forego such commentary here.  … Continue reading

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The Look of the Feel (Pt. II)

Contributed by Michael Gardiner (Part II of A few thoughts on instrumental tone-color and the noh spectrum.) To look at the musical colors of noh I will use spectrographic images, which allow one to discuss in detail elements of the … Continue reading

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Drums of the Moment

Contributed by Matthew Dubroff For this  summer’s Noh Training Project (NTP) performance of Atsumori, I began preparing one year in advance to play the kotsuzumi (small shoulder drum).  I practiced the last half of the play under the guidance of … Continue reading

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The Look of the Feel (Pt. I)

A few thoughts on instrumental tone-color and the noh spectrum Contributed by Michael Gardiner (Editor’s note: this entry is Part One in a series of entries wherein Dr. Gardiner discusses his work with the spectral analysis of noh music and … Continue reading

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