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Henry Johnson

Gong of Japan. The face is usually flat, about 10 to 28 cm in diameter, with concentric grooves, and the rim is 3 to 6 cm deep, with three stub legs on which it rests. It is normally struck on the face with a large T-shaped beater. The term fusegane, which is especially Buddhist, refers both to the gong’s position when played and its material: fuse (lay down); gane/kane (metallophone). It is used in various contexts, including Buddhism, folk performing arts, and off-stage kabuki music. It resembles the atarigane and shōko, except that it rests on its legs. It is sometimes called by other names, including changiri, hiragane, hitotsugane, kane, kōshō, nenbutsugane, shōgo, and tatakigane.

A very small, geminate version of the fusegane is the matsumushi, also called kofusegane (small fusegane), a pair of gongs of different sizes and pitches, about 7 to 10 cm in diameter, with rims about 3 to 4 cm deep. It shares its name, because its sound is similar, with the pine-tree cricket, known for its bell-like call: ...


Megan E. Hill

(b Osaka, Japan, 1957). Jazz and blues pianist, singer, and composer of Japanese birth. She took piano lessons briefly as a child and was exposed to the blues while growing up in Osaka in the 1960s and 1970s. As a high school student, she formed the Yoko Blues Band with classmates. The band earned some success, winning first prize and a recording contract in a television-sponsored contest. In 1984 she moved to the United States to pursue a jazz and blues career in Chicago. Initially a singer, she studied piano with boogie, blues, and jazz pianist Erwin Helfer. In the early 1990s Noge established the Jazz Me Blues Band, which has played regularly in Chicago since its formation. In addition to Noge on piano and vocals, the ensemble has included Noge’s husband, Clark Dean, on soprano saxophone, saxophonist Jimmy Ellis, trombonist Bill McFarland, and bassist Tatsu Aoki. In addition to playing more conventional jazz and blues, Noge has made a name for herself through the unique compositions she has written for the group, which meld Japanese folk music styles with Chicago blues. Active in the broader Asian American community, she cofounded the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival in ...