Jiuta is a form of music has been central to the history and development of the Kinko Shakuhachi. This video provides an introduction to the sankyoku genre in which shakuhachi is played in ensemble with koto, shamisen and other stringed instruments.
Graphs and notation examples are combined with performance examples, both for shakuhachi in ensemble and alone as well as sangen alone to give an over view of form, ornamentation, style and ensemble etiquette.
Special guest Jiuta-Sokyoku performer Takemura Rikako gives live demonstrations and concise lessons on ensemble technique.
After a brief demonstration-compendium of shakuhachi ornamentation and form, this teaching video draws from representative pieces (Classics Mama no Kawa, Sue no Chigiri, Kaji Makura, Keshi no hana and Kurokami) to introduce formal sections, (the maebiki, jyo-makura, tegoto, kake-ai, uchichigai and chirashi, among others) found in the sankyoku. Takemura-Sensei provides pointers along the way finishing with a demonstration of sangen(shamisen) tunings and their relationship to the shakuhachi.