19 Jan 2013

Adventures in Musicland: Dudley Benson in Japan

Dudley in Japan Sensei Sugimoto Dudley Benson Kurashiki
Sensei Sugimoto & Dudley Benson, Kurashiki (Used with permission).

Composer and performer Dudley Benson spends two weeks as artist in residence in the Japanese historical city of Kurashiki, where traditional music and arts are a core part of everyday life.

Through experiences with ancient instruments and art forms such as koto, shamisen, taiko drumming and ikebana, Dudley gets a sense of how heritage is part of both the present and future of Japanese traditional arts.

Produced and presented by Dudley Benson for Radio New Zealand National.