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Japanese Lute Thomas Ranjo 蘭杖

Satsumabiwa Japanese Lute

Japanese Lute Thomas Ranjo 蘭杖
Japanese Lute Thomas Ranjo 蘭杖

Time & Location

11 Jul 2024, 13:20

St Ann's Church, 18 Dawson St, Dublin 2, D02 YV57, Ireland

About the Event

Satsumabiwa is a lute from Japan that originated in the southern part of the Japanese island of Kyushu in the 16th Century. It is a form of katarimono or recitative art-form with instrumental accompaniment in an interlude like fashion.

Thomas Ranjo studied in Japan with Fumon Yoshinori (1911-2003) who was one of the last exponents of the traditional style of Satsumabiwa.

Ranjo will perform the traditional song "Sakuragari" and also "Amadera ya" a newly composed piece by Elif Karlidag written specifically for this lute based on the haiku written by the poet Buson. A copy of the text with translation and commentary will be available. 

Ranjo writes about satsumabiwa at

Photograph Credit: Frances Marshall

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