University Forum Lecture: Style as Substance in Japanese Musical Identity


Feb. 10, 2016, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Office/Remote Location



The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents Style as Substance in Japanese Musical Identity, a talk by Richard Miller, assistant professor, School of Music, UNLV.

This presentation concerns the shamisen (a three-stringed lute) in connection with contemporary Japanese identity. Japanesness is often represented both in Japan and the United States with the use of stereotyped musical fragments and the distinctive sound quality to specific instruments, but the instruments and their meanings vary in different musical contexts. By listening closely to the style of the music in which the shamisen is presented we can better understand the complexity of Japanese identity.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

UNLV School of Music
Richard Miller

External Sponsor

Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts – Dean’s Office