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|Knox College Hosts Japanese Music Concert
|The music group Toyoaki Shamisen will give a free, public concert of Japanese lute music at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 11, in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
Named after the shamisen, the Japanese three-stringed lute that the group plays, Toyoaki Shamisen consists of performers Tatsu Aoki and Amy Homma.
Widely known for his performances on the shamisen and as a jazz bassist, Aoki began his career in music with a Japanese experimental group, Gintenkai, during the "Tokyo Underground Arts Movement" of the early 1970s. He also studied filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is now an adjunct associate professor in the Film, Video and New Media Department. Aoki has recorded eight albums, eight duet albums with various other artists, and 13 ensemble works. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 60 other albums, performing on the shamisen, contrabass and taiko, or Japanese drums. Among his major works are four albums as leader of the Miyumi Project Big Band.
Homma is currently the director of Tsukasa Taiko, a Japanese drum ensemble sponsored by the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago. She has been a full-time taiko and shamisen instructor/performer since 2005, and has performed at Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center and the Steppenwolf Theatre.
The concert is sponsored by the Knox College Japanese Club. Last year, the club sponsored a performance at Knox by the Japanese drum ensemble Isshin Daiko.
|04 03 10 by Newsroom
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