300 Years of Tsugaru-jamisen in 90 Minutes
Enjoy an entertaining and educational concert with shamisen virtuoso Sato Michiyoshi on his first US tour! Sato is an award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen, a dynamic style of music played with a three-stringed Japanese banjo called a shamisen. The style has been adapted for contemporary audiences, and Sato himself glides between traditional, jazz, rock, and neo-folk modes, performing solo, with his father, and with his genre-crossing Kotobuki BAND. In this one-hour performance, Sato will focus on demonstrating the range and flexibility of the instrument. The event will begin with introductory remarks by Joshua Solomon, a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s East Asian Languages.
Presented by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, with co-sponsoring support from Japan House and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.