POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Yuri Imai will talk about the history of minyo, a traditional Japanese folksong genre, and its vocal characteristics and techniques. She will also sing some songs along with shamisen, a musical instrument. This free event takes place on Thursday, November 2, 6:00 pm in CC MPR 223 and is open to the public.
The songs normally describe commoners’ lives, and they were transmitted orally over time. Minyo songs are often performed at celebrations and festivals, and often sung accompanied by shamisen. Minyo is not well known outside Japan.
Yuri, who was born in Imabari, Ehime prefecture, started learning “minyo” Japanese folksongs at age nine and by age 14, had received a minyo teacher’s license. As a minyo singer, she has released songs on King Record label. She is a master player of the musical instrument shamisen and is the recipient of first prize in various minyo competitions including the Japanese Minyo Association National Competition and the Competition for the Prime Minister Award. Yuri recently participated in a minyo and shamisen concert in New York City.
This event is sponsored by the Chinese and Japanese Department.
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