Three Masters of Shamisen Performance

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation of New York City

The shamisen is the four-hundred-year-old instrument of courtly and common entertainment in Japan. Similar to the banjo and guitar, the shamisen is a three-stringed instrument played with a plectrum, which creates a powerful and moving sound. In addition to being a signature part of traditional Japanese music, the shamisen has now crossed over into contemporary music, such as jazz, bluegrass, rock and metal, and is also featured in opera, dance and musical theater.

The JICC and the Japan Foundation of New York are proud to present master shamisen players Yumiko Tanaka, Yoko Reikano Kimura and Sumie Kaneko for a performance of musical virtuosity and foot-tapping fun. This trio of award-winning musicians are pleased to bring you an enchanting night of traditional Japanese melodies and well-loved modern tunes.

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