Shômyô - 18 and 19 May, 2019

With Junko Ueda

Shômyô is liturgical Japanese song that is normally performed by Buddhist monks. It calls on one to master breathing and the control of vocal expression. Shômyô is characterised by its ample range, its slow breathing technique and its melodic melismatic motifs, where time is conceived as a cyclical sonorous space. Shômyô means ‘the voice of wisdom’.

The objective of her workshop is to stimulate the use of the natural voice in order to awaken one’s awareness of breath, to improve concentration and also to diminish stress. This is particularly useful for wind instrument players and singers, who will be able to develop their mastery of breathing and vocalisation

Junko Ueda's website :

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Junko Ueda is a Japanese singer and interpreter of satsuma-biwa (Japanese lute). She interprets the traditional Japanese repertoire with the biwa (great epics) and practices the shômyo (Japanese Buddhist song). Junko Ueda studied satsuma-biwa with the famous Kinshi Tsuruta and studied shômyô since 1983 with Kôshin Ebihara (monk of the Tendai-shu sect). She also studied composition (with Reiko Arima, Jôji Yuasa, Sei Ikeno) at the Tokyo College of Music.

Junko Ueda is a resident of Europe and has performed throughout the world (concerts and workshops) and also collaborates on musical projects, with the flautist Wil Offermans, the cellist Yo-yo Ma, the Dutch Nieuw Ensemble, or the composers Jean-Claude Eloy, Keiko Harada, Akemi Naitô and Daryl Jamieson. His traditional biwa CDs 'The Heike Epic' (CD650 AIMP / VDE Geneva, recorded at the Hiei-zan Mountain Monastery in Japan) and 'Satsuma Biwa' (ARN64577 Ethnomad / ARION, Geneva / Paris) were rewarded by numerous awards, including the Grand Prix du Disque of the Academy Charles Cros in Paris and Choc Le Monde de la Musique, Paris. She also recorded a CD of Shomyo solo 'Meditative Flowers' (CD-E141 E-records, Granada).

ADEM Montbrillant  – 10, rue Montbrillant – 1201 Genève

Medium and advanced level

Saturday : 16h ~ 19h
Sunday : 10h ~ 12h30Beginners : Saturday : 10h ~ 13h

Medium/Advanced : FS 100.- / ADEM member : / FS 90.-
Beginners : FS 70.- /  ADEM member : FS 60.-

Registration : info (at) Paiement on the first day of workshop



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