Shamisen Concerts in NYC!


Calling all Shamisen Lovers in the New York City area!

New York’s Japan Society is presenting a special SHAMISEN SERIES of concerts this Fall and we hope you will join us! Please see below for details:

The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 1
Hiromitsu Agatsuma + Akiko Yano
Saturday, September 27, 7:30 PM

Tsugaru-shamisen rock, pop and jazz virtuoso Hiromitsu Agatsuma and musical luminary pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano perform together for the first time ever.
Tickets: $35/$28 Japan Society members

The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 2
Yumiko Tanaka live shamisen accompaniment for silent film Crossroads
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 PM

Internationally active experimental shamisen musician Yumiko Tanaka provides a thrilling improvisational soundscape to the silent film Crossroads (Jujiro, 1928).
Tickets: $15/$12 Japan Society members, students & seniors

The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 3
A Salute to Tradition
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 PM

This evening showcases three traditional shamisen musical styles–nagauta (kabuki), gidayu (bunraku) and jiuta (tatami salon concerts) – as performed by Japan’s preeminent shamisen players and chanters, including a Living National Treasure and a traditional nihon buyo dancer.
Tickets: $40/$33 Japan Society members

The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 4
SAKISHIMA meeting duo from Okinawa
Friday, December 12, 8:30 PM

With Yukito Ara on sanshin (Okinawan shamisen) and vocals and Isamu Shimoji on guitar and vocals, SAKISHIMA meeting serenades the crowd with tunes that blend the sounds and traditions of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost islands, with popular Western riffs and beats.
Tickets: $25/$20 Japan Society members

Shamisen Workshop with Imafuji Chotatsuro
Friday, November 21, 12 PM
12:00 - 2:30 PM

Celebrated nagauta shamisen player Imafuji Chotatsuro leads a workshop that introduces the traditional Japanese pentatonic scale and special shamisen playing techniques.
Tickets: $48/$42 Japan Society members. Limited spaces remain!

All events take place at Japan Society 333 East 47th St. b/w 1st and 2nd Ave.

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See you at Japan Society!


Sounds great! Too bad I’m in Europe :frowning: