David Loeb Gaunkyo
for sho and viol quartet
In Gaunkyo David Loeb combines the Japanese shō with archaic Western string instruments--viols. Likewise, modal melodies and harmonies both Asian and Western create David Loeb's "international style".
The shō (笙) is a Japanese free reed musical instrument that was introduced from China during the Nara period (AD 710 to 794). It is descended from the Chinese sheng, of the Tang Dynasty era, although the shō tends to be smaller in size than its contemporary sheng relatives.