Shin-Shin Wang received a two-month grant to study Satsuma biwa in Japan. Ms. Wang is an established Nanguan singer and pipa player, and the director of Hsin Hsin Nanguan Ensemble. She has had a long and respected career as a performer of and advocate for Nanguan in Taiwan. Nanguan, a refined and elegant theatrical tradition combining music, dance, and drama, is indigenous to southeastern China and popular in Taiwan. In the hopes of discovering new elements that could be brought to Nanguan and facilitating exchanges with other Asian musical arts, Ms. Wang explored Satsuma biwa techniques throughout Japan. Dating back to the 16th Century, the Satsuma biwa is a Japanese short-necked lute, often used to accompany narrative songs. Ms. Wang has taken an active interest in this instrument and through her ACC fellowship studiedSatsuma biwa for two months in summer 2011.
Grants Awarded2011 | Music | Japan
to study Satsuma biwa in Japan2011 | Music | Japan
to stay in ACC's Morishita studio in tokyo, Japan.