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Masayo Ishigure + Yumiko Matsuno

Spiral Music

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Masayo Ishigure (koto, shamisen) + Yumiko Matsuno (koto)

Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto and jiuta shamisen at the age of five in Gifu, Japan and has created an extensive multi-faceted career that continues to stretch the limits of the koto while maintaining a strong grasp of the tradition. In 2005, Masayo Ishigure was a recording artist for the Grammy Award-Winning soundtrack for the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” by John Williams alongside Yitzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and others. In 2001, she released her own solo CD entitled “Grace”. Ishigure has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall, BAM, Merkin Hall, Asia Society, Japan Society, The Metropolitan Museum, Symphony Space and has been invited to perform at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Yumiko Matsuno was born and raised in Japan. Her interest in music began at age 3 when she began learning how to play the piano. During her high school years, she also learned how to play the violin. Yumiko began taking koto lessons in Miyagi Ikuta School, Botan Kai in Japan. She later came to the U.S. with her family and has been studying koto with Masayo Ishigure since 2011.