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Online event: Third Thursday Lecture: The intimacy of minor sounds: an anthropologist’s journey into the private, insular worlds of amateur music in Tokyo

 

Date:

Thursday 21 May 2020, 6pm

Location:

Online event - visit the SISJAC website to register

Event Category:

All lectures, Normal, SISJAC, Online events

Ticket Price:

Free, booking essential

Thursday 21 May, 6pm

SISJAC online Third Thursday Lecture

The intimacy of minor sounds: an anthropologist’s journey into the private, insular worlds of amateur music in Tokyo

Dr Robert Simpkins (Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute)

Online event - visit the SISJAC website for further details

A Tokyo night is normally full of sounds and stories. Thousands of people perform music all over the city in basements and narrow rooms, and along dimly lit passageways. Vibrant and energetic music pulses deafeningly behind closed doors. The grand scale of Tokyo conceals a great multitude of tightly woven, insular and private music spaces and societies: the world of amateur musicians, the majority. In this talk, Robert Simpkins will examine the vital role of intimacy and physical presence in the social relationships of one particular amateur music scene in Tokyo today.

The Third Thursday Lectures hosted by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are on a range of topics related to the art and culture of Japan. Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history. 

The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

For further information and to book, please visit the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures website.