Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan 2011
Free pre-performance lecture by Ralph Samuelson at 7:00 pm
Combining 'the best of traditional and contemporary styles, gliding between genres with the power and grace of an elegant figure skater,'* Yumi Kurosawa's ethereal music gives koto (Japanese zither) a dynamic new voice. *Mar Creation
Akiko Sakurai captivates listeners with the satsuma biwa (short-necked fretted lute), creating delicate yet surprisingly energetic, haunting and percussive music. Joined by Yutaka Ota playing yokobue (transverse flute) and Umeya Kizaburo playing tsuzumi (Japanese drum).
Sanshi, the duo Yukino Yamamoto and Junnosuke Uehara, gifted hosozao shamisen (long-necked lute) players, meld folk songs and new original compositions. Joined by Kei Matsuo playing yokobue (transverse flute).
Co-presented with Japan Foundation.
Watch trailers of the performers
Listen to an excerpt from Yumi Kurosawa's album Beginning of a Journey.
"Inner Space" (2 min., 31 sec.)