Music From California to Japan
Masayuki Koga, Japanese Music Institute Founder, and Stuart Goodnick
Thursday, May 30, 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $5

The shakuhachi is the classic Japanese bamboo flute. Masayuki Koga, one of the premier shakuhachi players and teachers of the world, came to the US in the 1970s and established the Japanese Music Institute of America to teach and play traditional Japanese music, and contemporary music on traditional instruments. In June, Koga-sensei will take a group of students on a performance tour across Japan, including our own Stuart Goodnick Join us for a pre-tour performance of some of the pieces that that these two performers and others will bring to Japan in June. A rare treat!

A master shakuhachi artist, Masayuki Koga is considered one of the finest players in the world. In 1967 while he was a member of Ongaku Shudan in Tokyo his performance and recording of the group received the highest Prize of the Arts Festival by the Educational Ministry of Japan. In 2001, he was recognized and honored the Award from the California Arts Council for his contribution, leadership, and sacrifice for the youth, the next generation of artists, and all citizens of the state of California. He studied the Kinko School Shakuhachi with his father, Kiichi Koga, and Tozan School with master Kazan Sakai in Tokyo where he received his master-teacher degree with highest honors. Currently he is the Artistic Director of Essence and General Director of the Japanese Music Institute of America.

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