Tomoko SugawaraUnited States
Grants Awarded2018 | Music | China
a 3-month Individual Fellowship to research Tang dynasty music at the Shanghai Conservatory, and visit the Dunhuang caves in China2014 | Music | China
to lead a workshop on the kugo at Beijing's Central Conservatory in November 20142007 | Music | United States
to study the history of the angular harp in East and Central Asia in the United States
The Silk Road was a living conduit of goods and ideas thriving from 500 to 1500 and connecting China to the Mediterranean. In a program featuring medieval recorder, kugo harp, oud and percussion, the Eurasia Consort explores Chinese and Ottoman music. What features linked the twain? The audience can decide.
Featuring musicians from the Eurasia Consort:
Miyo Aoki, medieval recorder
Tomoko Sugawara, kugo harp
August Denhard, oud
Rex Benincasa, percussion
Founded and co-directed by Tomoko Sugawara and August Denhard, the Eurasia Consort brings together two specialists in the ancient musical traditions of East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Through their research, teaching, and performances, they seek a common understanding of the world’s great music traditions along the ancient Silk Road.
The Silk Road was an interlocking trade route that connected to the Far East, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. For about 1,000 years it was a conduit not only for trade, but for religions, ideas, innovations, and music.
The concert imagines sounds of the ancient Silk Road, taking the listener from the caves at Dunhuang, continuing through the Middle East, and arriving in Europe. Musical instruments such as various versions of the ones being played today – harp, lutes, flutes and percussion – no doubt made the journey as well.
The Eurasia Consort:
Tomoko Sugawara: Ancient Harp, Kugo
August Denhard: Medieval Lute