Fusing the eastern music and culture of the Japanese flute with the western aesthetic of the modern pedal harp.
The Shoso Duo formed in September 2017 when shakuhachi master Shawn Renzoh Head and harpist Susanna Campbell met at Retrospect Coffee Bar to discuss a concert collaboration. Fusing the eastern music and culture of the Japanese flute with the western aesthetic of the modern pedal harp appealed to both artists and a new musical initiative was born.
Shoso Duo gave their debut performance on February 24, 2018 at Campbell Learning Center in Houston, TX. This concert was followed up with a repeat performance at the International Christian Church of Houston on May 21, 2018 and two additional concerts that summer.
Shoso continues this year with their second season and is already working on the 2020 season. The ensemble has a strong focus on contemporary music and especially living composers. Currently, three composers have been commissioned to write for the duo and will be featured on the 2020 program. Shoso Duo hopes to promote the harp and shakuhachi at home and abroad as viable instruments for all to enjoy and for anyone with a passion for music to learn how to play.
Past Events at MATCH
- May 2019: Songs for Shakuhachi and Harp