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Shomyo no Kai (Uncredited)

Shomyo no Kai

The glorious, reverberating voices of two dozen Buddhist priests in colorful robes fill the Terrace Theater. One of the oldest living forms of vocal music, shomyo is believed to have originated in India before traveling along the Silk Road and eventually entering Japan in the 6th century, where it has been practiced ever since. The critically acclaimed group Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years, comprising priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects whose mission is to showcase the beauty of shomyo as an art form, performs the contemporary shomyo work Sonbou no Toki (Life in an Autumn), written in the aftermath of 9/11 by New York and Tokyo-based composer Ushio Torikai. The three-city American Tour of Shomyo no Kai – Voices of a Thousand Years is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York.   This tour is funded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2013; and a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years 3/8/14: Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years

The Japan Society offers a performance by the critically acclaimed group, comprised of priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects whose mission is to showcase the beauty of shomyo, one of the oldest living forms of vocal music. This tour of Shomyo no Kai is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years

The Japan Society offers a performance by the critically acclaimed group, comprised of priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects whose mission is to showcase the beauty of shomyo, one of the oldest living forms of vocal music. This tour of Shomyo no Kai is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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