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"Making sound from nature"

Katerina Ancient Musical Instrument Research Institute, which opened a research institute in 1972 and continues research and production of ancient musical instruments. In 1991, we moved our workshop from Tokyo to Yamagamachi, Kitsuki City, Oita Prefecture, and are working on making musical instruments using Japanese trees and bamboo materials.

− About old musical instruments

Musical instruments that once struck a period that existed during the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe. It is an ancestral musical instrument such as a guitar, violin, and piano. It is very interesting and exciting to know the background of ancient musical instruments, which have an overwhelming number of types and formats compared to modern musical instruments.

-The journey to find the origin of these instruments has begun.

There are many harpsichords, spinets, virginals, clavichords, psareteriums, dulcimers, and many other adorable musical instruments related to the piano. This is just a small introduction, but the myriad world of ancient musical instruments is profound and intriguing. For musical instruments that do not remain in shape today, blueprints are created from pictures and reliefs. The beauty of modeling and the soft, overtone-rich sound give us a fresh sound today. For those who want to get started with musical instruments, old musical instruments may be one of the new and fun choices.

− Look at Japanese wood and bamboo.

During the Tokyo period, I had a workshop around Musashino. The 70's and 80's are the background of the times when many mountains were opened up. With the changing landscape, such trees disappeared without being used for waste. While it was a natural idea that the materials for Western musical instruments were made from European wood, I brought them from the logging site to a sawmill to see if Japanese tree species could be used for musical instruments. Rebec, the ancestor of the violin, made many prototypes of all kinds of wood such as cherry blossoms, maple, zelkova, mulberry, chestnut, and boxwood. Some of the material has been dried and is still in use today.


− An instrument that accompanies life.


In 1991, in search of an environment for making musical instruments at that time, he moved his residence and workshop to Yamaka, planted trees, entered the mountains, raised rice to eat, and turned nature into sound. Local trees, such as camphor tree, which inhabits a lot in Kyushu, are used as carvings, but the carved lyre that makes the best use of its characteristics produces a simple and deep sound. In addition, by repeating the trial production of the body made by sticking single plates using chestnut, mulberry, cherry blossom, tochi, Kaede, Enju, etc., the ancestors of the guitar such as Vihuela and the mandolin ancestor Cittern have enough sound. Realizes the sound. Above all, the material fits well into the Japanese climate. There are many possibilities, such as compatibility with materials including musical instruments, and everyday discoveries. Bamboo is a versatile material in Japan with a wide variety of types. The shape is just asking you to make the material a whistle. The bamboo recorder, which has a Western scale that has been made for 40 years as well as the transverse flute, has a sound like the babbling of a fresh and clear river, which is different from the wooden one, and people enjoy playing it in various situations.

The musical instrument studio that produces a variety of ancient musical instruments such as tubes, strings, and percussion instruments may be unique even if you look around the world. Surrounded by forests, Katerina's forest is engaged in daily activities with the aim of creating a space where you can travel to the world of sound with all kinds of musical instruments.

Katerina Institute of Ancient Musical Instruments

Mirai Matsumoto


− 日本の木材や竹に目を向ける



− 生活とともにある楽器




松本 未來


Opened a workshop in Tokyo in 1972. Restoration and research of ancient musical instruments during the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe began. He has traveled the world of ancient musical instruments by producing orchestral percussion instruments, including the harpsichord. Actively involved in research on world music and musical instruments, such as conducting fieldwork on traditional Asian music as a researcher at the National Museum of Folklore, and explaining musical instruments on NHK BS TV / FM, etc. .. We have conducted fieldwork research reports focusing on the flow of the East-West Silk Road, and introduced performers and musical instruments from around the world. Since 1979, we have been holding a workshop on making musical instruments using natural materials so that you can experience the charm of manufacturing through making musical instruments. In the production of ancient musical instruments, he continues to research musical instruments that consider the natural environment by focusing on Japanese wood. In 1991, he moved to Oita prefecture, which has a unique historical background and is close to forests and trees. Since 2003, the range of ancient musical instruments made by two generations of parents and children has expanded. Held workshops, exhibitions, lectures, and concerts in various places, including a dialogue with Mr. Peter Barakan as a sound sommelier.

LP "Study of Early Music" (CBS Sony), Book "Welcome to the World of Handmade Musical Instruments" (TBS Britannica), CD "Medieval Pilgrimage Story" (CSF), Teaching Material "Basic Work of Music" (New Scholar) _cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

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