World Music Institute Presents the Third Annual Japanese Salon at Globus Washitsu

Third Annual Japanese Salon

Thursday, February 20 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Globus Washitsu – 889 Broadway (between 19th & 20th Streets), Unit PHC

Admission: $75/$60 World Music Institute members

World Music Institute and Globus Washitsu host an intimate evening of Japanese culture with a live koto and shamisen performance by Masayo Ishigure and her student, Ken Hutchinson. The setting is the beautiful, private Globus Washitsu, a tatami-mat oasis near the Flatiron District.

A Q&A session will follow the performance, and there will be a reception with sushi, sake, and refreshments to close the evening. Organizers ask that you remember to bring socks, as visitors are not permitted to wear shoes inside Globus Washitsu.

All proceeds to benefit WMI’s programming and mission. To purchase tickets, please visit WMI’s website.

About Masayo Ishigure

Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto and jiuta shamisen at the age of five in Gifu, Japan. She has created an extensive multi-faceted career that continues to stretch the limits of the koto while maintaining a strong grasp of the tradition. After initial studies with Tadao and Kazue Sawai, Ishigure became a special research student at the Sawai Koto Academy of Music in 1986. In 1988, Ishigure received a degree in Japanese Traditional Music from Takasaki Junior Arts College with a concentration on koto and shamisen.

Ishigure moved to New York City in 1992 and has performed at many prestigious venues and for various organizations such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall, BAM, Merkin Hall, Asia Society, Japan Society, World Music Institute, Metropolitan Museum, Symphony Space, and other venues in the New York City metropolitan area. She has performed at various colleges and universities and has participated in music festivals around the world. Her solo CD is entitled Grace, and she appears alongside Yitzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and others on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack by John Williams from the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

Since 2010 Ishigure has taught koto and shamisen at Wesleyan University and Columbia University and offers private lessons in New York City, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.

About Kenneth Hutchinson

Kenneth Hutchinson was born in New York City where he studied classical piano and blues guitar. In 1990 Ken moved to Japan to pursue his growing interest in architecture and design. A chance discovery of a shamisen in his grandmother’s Tokyo home eventually led him to study with Masayo Ishigure in New York City. Since 2007 he has performed with Ishigure and the Miyabi ensemble at numerous cultural events in the U.S. and abroad, including Sydney, Australia; Honolulu, Hawaii; Gifu, Japan; and the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC.

About Globus Washitsu

Globus Washitsu is an authentic Japanese space with traditional shoji screens, tatami mats, and fusuma (sliding doors). Created with the assistance of Japanese carpenter, it is an ideal setting for listening to Japanese music and conducting Japanese tea ceremony lessons.

The Globus family sponsors activities that involve many facets of Japanese culture including music, art, film, kimono, craft, dance, and more. They also offer their ryokan (Japanese style living space) to visiting artists. Through collaborations with other cultural institutions, the family broadens the dialogue between people from Japan and the U.S.

About World Music Institute

Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States.

WMI 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. By promoting awareness of other cultures and their traditions, WMI aims to enrich the lives of people living in New York. WMI collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions, presenting more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents. Through powerful programming, WMI is creating a movement that promotes awareness and engagement of other cultures, helping to encourage deeper understanding of communities around the globe.

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