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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Museum of East Asian Art event with sake tastings: The Musicality of Japanese Poetry: Haiku and Its Rhythm with Alan Summers, Karen Hoy, and Tony McNicol


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Nihonshu sake supplied by Sake Samurai:

Museum of East Asian Art
12 Bennett Street 
Bath BA1 2QJ 

Thursday 5 March 2015

19:00 – 21:00

Friends and Students £15

Public £20

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Tel:  01225 464640

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Just off the famous "The Circus"
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An evening of the very finest quality Nihonshu sake throughout the evening!   Tony McNicol, a Japan expert, will be your sake host, ask him questions in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

About Nihonshu sake:

Along with a relaxed journey into haiku poetry with Japan Times award-winning writer Alan Summers, and his wife Karen Hoy (poet and film-maker).

We can create a few poems in a friendly atmosphere that can be posted onto the Museum website and at Area 17.   

Alan's TEDx Talk about haiku, just dip in and out:

NHK TV of Japan feature on Alan Summers and haiku:

A little about the event itself

Interspersed with your sake glass being topped up and plenty of opportunities to ask Tony McNicol about sake, we will engage you with the world of haiku, and its own musicality:

“It’s not the notes you play; it’s the notes you don’t play.”  Jazz adage often attributed to Miles Davis

This is a relaxed poetry experience, delving into the techniques that lie at the heart of haiku, and being aware of its own music that it creates, as we try our own hand at writing.

All language has inherent rhythm and pitch: The notes of our voices as we read out loud vary with different reading styles and accents.

There is a core rhythm of spoken English language: Even when we read silently from the page, there is musically as we 'hear' the written word.

Haiku, originating from Japan, is the famous poetry of extreme brevity.  In a relaxed inclusive atmosphere, as part of the exhibition Music in China, we will experience the notes and musicality that are in haiku too.

Haiku, as Miles Davis states with music, has its own equivalent of what is not there i.e. negative space aka white space, creating a larger poem than the sum of its ‘visible’ parts.  

re negative and white space see also:

Distilling communication to its barest needs yet maintaining a strong clear message has never been so important.   Using musicality as a catalyst the evening explores what is there and not there, but still there, in haiku.

Japan Times award-winning author and Pushcart Prize nominated poet Alan Summers, with Call of the Page Course Director and Poetry Tutor Karen Hoy, will accompany you on your journey into haiku.

Tony McNicol, Co-Founder of We Do Japan will introduce premier award-winning sake (from Sake Samurai) to our taste buds as well as explain the magic, depth, and notes of Japan's signature drink:

The evening will act as a taster of both sake and haiku in a very friendly, inclusive, and informative atmosphere.

About Sake:

The Musicality of Japanese Poetry: Haiku and Its Rhythm

Thursday 5 March
19:00 – 21:00

Friends and Students £15; Public £20

Haiku is Japanese poetry, famous for its extreme brevity. An excellent accompaniment to Haiku is sake. This event will explore both in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. 

The event is part of the Music in China exhibition programme (January – May 2015). 

Alan Summers, Japan Times award-winning author, will give a brief introduction to the important elements of Haiku and its history, as well as exploring the musicality in this extraordinary form of poetry.

A selection of award-winning sake provided by the Sake Samurai UK will be available for tasting. 

Music in China exhibition

17 January – 31 May 2015

This exhibition explores various aspects of music in China and the importance of music to the different levels of Chinese society. 

Music plays a significant role in Chinese society. 

The ruling class sees refined music as a tool to sustain a harmonious society. The masses enjoy the entertainment of popular music, which appeals to audiences in other parts of the world as well. 

Equally, musical traditions from other cultures also enrich Chinese music and have a huge impact on its development.

More about Karen and Alan

and Tony McNicol:

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