The Music of Ralph Samuelson and Yoko Hiraoka
Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
The Home of Alain Kirili and Ariane Lopez-Huici – 17 White Street (between 6th Avenue and West Broadway), #4A
Welcome spring with music for shakuhachi, biwa, and koto, surrounded by the beautiful art of sculptor Alain Kirili and photographer Ariane Lopez-Huici. This salon-style event features the music of shakuhachi performer and teacher Ralph Samuelson and Yoko Hiraoka, a senior master performer of biwa (a Japanese lute), koto, shamisen, and voice.
The former director of the Asian Cultural Council, a foundation that supports cultural exchange through the arts between the US and Asia, Samuelson trained under Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi. He has performed extensively throughout the US, Asia, and Europe, and he released his latest CD, The Universal Flute, in 2016.
A native of Kyoto, Hiraoka studied under Yamazaki Kyokusui, a Living National Treasure. She has performed at numerous Japan-related festivals and concerts at colleges and universities since moving to the US in 1993. Her repertoire includes classical Japanese music as well as contemporary works by Japanese and American composers.