GEIDAI Alumni Club Pairs Artists with Musicians at NYC Gallery

THE BRICKS 序 – Hajimé

Friday, October 22 through Thursday, October 28
Opening Reception and Live Performance: Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Blue Gallery – 222 E. 46th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Admission: Free

The New York Tokyo University of the Arts (GEIDAI) Alumni Club launched a new artist community group called THE BRICKS this fall. A nexus for arts and music by New York-based artists, THE BRICKS will host a music and arts exhibition from Friday, October 22 through Thursday, October 28. This special exhibition pairs one artist and one musician to work together. This year, THE BRICKS features painter Mizue Sawano and composer Satoshi Kanazawa.

The opening reception will feature a live performance by pianist Junko Ichikawa and Sumie Kaneko on koto and shamisen.

Participating Artists and Musicians

Makoto Fujimura
Kyoko Hamaguchi
Takashi Harada
Junko Ichikawa
Satoshi Kanazawa
Sumie Kaneko
Keiko Kubota-Miura
Atsushi Ohashi
Mayumi Oshima
Mizue Sawano
Ushio Shinohara

COVID-19 Protocols

In accordance with New York City health guidelines, guests 12 years old and older must provide proof of vaccination upon entry. Those who are unvaccinated because of medical exceptions or sincerely held medical beliefs must provide proof of either a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their entry time, or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result within six hours their entry time.

All guests must wear a face mask/covering inside the venue at all times.


The name “BRICKS” was inspired by red buildings on the grounds of Tokyo University of the Arts in Ueno, Tokyo. Commonly known as “Aka-renga,” the buildings have stood since the early Meiji era.

Generations of talented artists entered the history-filled bricks of the Blue Building, reminding alumni of a time when their community was filled with diverse musicians and artists.

For more information, please visit the group’s website.