World Music Institute Japanese Salon
Thursday, March 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Globus Washitsu – 889 Broadway (at E. 19th Street), PHC
Admission: $75/$60 WMI members
Presented in conjunction with Globus Washitsu’s Tatami Recital Program, World Music Institute’s Japanese Salon is an intimate evening of Japanese culture with live music by Yumi Kurosawa. Kurosawa’s performance will be followed by a Q&A session and a reception with sushi, sake, and refreshments in the beautiful and private Globus Washitsu, an authentic Japanese tatami mat tea ceremony oasis near Union Square.
Kurosawa is an award-winning koto star and one of today’s most exciting soloists on Japan’s national instrument. Her solo repertoire includes classical Japanese compositions as well as her own innovative and enchanting original works. Born in Morioka, Japan, Kurosawa began her koto studies when she was three, going on to win first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992. Since relocating to the U.S., she has played on such stages as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, and the Blue Note. Kurosawa has been a principal soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan in the UK, and the Houston Grand Opera. In 2015, she was commissioned to write an original score for the Houston Ballet. Her many collaborations have included pairings of koto with tabla, oud, string quartet, and dance, including a piece with the Beyonce-affiliated dance duo Les Twins. Kurosawa has two solo albums out to date: Looking up at the Sky (2015) and Beginning of a Journey (2009).
Globus Washitsu is an authentic Japanese space in central Manhattan, comprising of traditional shoji screens, tatami mats, and fusuma. An ideal setting for listening to Japanese music, it has a full teahouse where traditional Japanese tea ceremony lessons are conducted. The Globus Family sponsors many facets, of Japanese culture including music, art, film, kimono, craft, dance, and more.
All proceeds to benefit the programming and mission of World Music Institute, a non-profit organization that is committed to presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world with the goal of inspiring wonder for world cultures through music and dance.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit WMI’s website.