Performance: Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 2 PM

Masayo Ishigure, director

Hear invigorating new music for Japanese instruments performed by this ensemble of fourteen kotos with shamisen and shakuhachi, joined by guest artists John Kaizan Neptune on shakuhachi, Michael Gilsinan on guitar, and Manny Arciniega on percussion. Based in New York, the Miyabi Ensemble extends the range of music for koto and shamisen to an array of innovative styles. Their program features the eighteenth-century virtuoso shakuhachi piece Nesting Cranes, the famous 1929 Sea in Spring by the light classical master Michio Miyagi, Five Songs of Youth Revisited by the pathbreaking twentieth-century composer Tadao Sawai, and recent works by Katsuhiko Yoshizaki and John Kaizan Neptune.

Director Masayo Ishigure performed on the Golden Globe-winning soundtrack to the 2005 feature film Memoirs of a Geisha, alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, with music by John Williams. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Asia Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia Universities. She appeared as a soloist with, among others, the San Diego Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Images: Takehiko Tokue

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: No tickets required; seating is first come, first served