Sumie Kaneko Group Christmas Concert
Friday, December 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Club Bonafide – 212 E. 52nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Japanese koto and shamisen player and singer/songwriter Sumie Kaneko has been recognized as a pioneer for blending Japanese traditional elements into jazz improvisation.
She studied Japanese traditional music at Tokyo University of the Arts and Jazz vocal at Berklee College of Music. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Boston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and at TED talks among others.
Kaneko accompanied bunraku puppeteer Basil Twist on shamisen for the premiere of The Long Christmas Ride Home, a one-act full-length play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 16, 2003.
In 2014, her group was invited to the Washington DC Jazz Festival, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Japan. Soon after they made their sold-out debut at Blue Note NY, the most well known jazz club in the world.
Joining Kaneko at Club Bonafide are Toru Dodo on piano, Evan Gregor on bass, and Kaoru Watanabe on taiko and fue.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Club Bonafide’s website.