BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20160305T000000Z DTEND:20160305T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong><em>Okinawan music explored at &ldquo\;Strings of Ryūk yū&rdquo\; event\, Gardena</em></strong>\n<strong></strong>On <strong>Sat urday\, March 5th\, 1:00 PM</strong>\, the <strong><a href="http://oaamens" target="_blank">Okinawa Association of America (OAA)</a> in Garde na</strong> will host a special event celebrating the sanshin\, a traditio nal 3-stringed instrument that is synonymous with Okinawan music. <strong> RSVP is required.</strong>\n\nLos Angeles residents might recognize the sa nshin -- a snake-skinned\, banjo-like instrument -- from an OAA event or a local Japanese festival. The goal of the March 5th event is to present an opportunity to learn more about this ancient instrument and Okinawan musi c in general through lectures\, performances\, and a beginner-level sanshi n lesson.\n\nUtilizing Skype video\, a professional sanshin craftsman from Okinawa named <strong>Miki Nakamine</strong> will present a lecture detai ling the history and making of the instrument. The lecture will be in Japa nese with simultaneous English translation (RSVP is required by March 1st to guarantee a headset for translation). Mr. Nakamine is a member of the < strong><a href="" target="_blank">Sanshin Kumiai (Union )</a></strong> in Naha\, which was established in 2010 and consists of 18 professional artisans who specialize in the craft and repair of sanshin.\n \n<strong>Chogi Higa</strong>\, a local instructor of Uchināguchi (one of the endangered Ryūkyūan languages)\, will present English translations for three popular Okinawan folk songs. Since traditional songs were writte n in the Ryūkyūan languages\, many people cannot understand the lyrics. Mr. Higa\, who was recently honored with a commendation from the Japanese Consul General in L.A.\, is one of the few instructors in the U.S. who tea ches Uchināguchi.\n\nThroughout the day\, traditional and contemporary Ok inawan songs will be performed by local sanshin musicians. The event will also include an introductory lesson for audience members to play the sansh in and learn a beginner-level song. No experience necessary and a limited number of sanshin will be available to use at the event. People who own a sanshin are encouraged to bring it for the lesson.\n\nThis event is part o f an ongoing series of educational programs at the OAA. <strong>Admission is $5 for current OAA members</strong> and <strong>$10 for non-members</st rong>. <strong>RSVP is required:</strong> or <strong> 310-532-1929</strong>. The OAA is located at <strong>16500 S. Western Ave. \, Gardena 90247</strong>. SUMMARY:Strings of Ryūkyū: Sanshin lectures\, performances\, and beginner 's lesson URL:/en/events/2016/03/05/strings-of-ryukyu-sanshin-lectures-performances/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR