Shomyo: Buddhist Ritual Chant—Spiral Mandala Ceremony

February 24, 2022 - February 27, 2022
Immersive Audio Performance

Thursday, February 24 at 6 pm, 8 pm
Friday, February 25 at 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 26 at 2 pm (SOLD OUT), 4 pm (SOLD OUT), 6:30 pm (SOLD OUT), 8:30 pm
Sunday, February 27 at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7 pm

Believed to have originated in India, shomyo is a ritual form of Buddhist chant that traveled along the Silk Road to China, eventually reaching Japan in the sixth century. For this one-of-a-kind in-person performance, Brooklyn-based media designer Tei Blow will transform Japan Society’s stage into an immersive soundscape featuring the ethereal voices of Shomyo no Kai—Voices of a Thousand Years, a group of two dozen priests from the esoteric Shingon and Tendai Buddhist sects. Incorporating the lyrics and graphic score of the Japanese female composer Yu Kuwabara’s shomyo piece Spiral Mandala Ceremony and the ancient mandalas that inspired her work, Blow's visuals, in tandem with Shomyo No Kai's vocals, create an ever-shifting environment with dreamlike power.

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Tickets: $15/$12 members

January 27
Corporate Members: January 27 (For purchase before February 3, please contact the Box Office with your corporate discount code at (212) 715-1258 or
General Public: February 3

Location: Japan Society (333 East 47th Street, New York)

Please note that, due to COVID related travel issues, Shomyo no Kai will not be present for this in-person, immersive audio performance. The approximate capacity per performance is 30 people seated on Japan Society’s stage.

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  • - Wear a KN95 or N95 mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times. KN95 masks will be provided upon request if you do not have one.

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Left: Tei Blow © Doron Gild; Right: Yu Kuwabara

Image: © Tei Blow

Shomyo: Buddhist Ritual Chant—Spiral Mandala Ceremony is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Doug and Teresa Peterson.


2021-2022 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor
MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Doug and Teresa Peterson, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman

Additional support is provided by the Royal Little Family Foundation, Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Marjorie Neuwirth, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos. Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.