David Crandall

Music Performance & Talk: The Musical Elements of the Japanese Noh

January 19 (Saturday, 4:30 PM)  Connelly Center Cinema
: David Crandall

DAVID CRANDALL graduated with a double major in Japanese and music composition from the University of Michigan and went on to do postgraduate work at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music on a Monbusho grant from the Japanese government. He began studying noh chant and dance in 1979 with noh master Sano Hajime of the Hosho school. In 1986 he was admitted as an apprentice at the Hosho Noh Theater in Tokyo, studying with the current head of the Hosho school, Hosho Fusateru, and working on a professional level until moving to Seattle in 1991. While working as a noh performer and workshop lecturer, Mr. Crandall has also been active as a composer and playwright, with an output that includes instrumental pieces (performed by the Tokyo Quintet and others), noh-inspired dance dramas (Crazy Jane and The Linden Tree, produced and performed in Tokyo and Hawaii), film scores (Nighters and Crime and Passion), and, most recently, children’s musicals (Johnny the King and The Merchant of Cheat Street). He is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku, and participated in its first national performance tour (presenting Yeats’ At the Hawk’s Well in eight US cities) in September, 2002


David Crandall

Theatre Event: The Woman Komachi

January 18-20 ( Friday and Saturday, 7PM; Saturday and Sunday, 2PM) Connelly Center Cinema

A staged reading of a new play in five acts: an adaptation in English of five short plays from traditional Japanese Noh Theatre. Each act depicts a transformative event in the astonishing life of Ono no Komachi: Japan’s best beloved, most admired woman poet, beauty, lover, teacher, and ultimately spiritual adept.

Playwright: Joanna Rotté, Professor of Theatre, Villanova University
Director: Elizabeth Dowd, Producing Director, Noh Training Project, Bloomsburg University http://www.bte.org/index.php?page=members-elizabeth-dowd
Composer: David Crandall, Noh Performer/Scholar, Theatre Nohgaku

For free tickets & further information, visit www.villanovatheatre.org