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Japanese Music Institute of America: History, Activities and Accomplishments

In 1981, Masayuki Koga founded the Japanese Music Institute of America (JMI) to introduce the highest-quality Japanese classical music to an American audience. Since then, JMI has fostered appreciation and study of both traditional and contemporary musical repertoires, offering both private instruction and ensemble training as part of its curriculum. In addition, JMI presents concerts, produces recordings and publishes musical texts.

However the mission of Japanese music in the U.S. was started by his grand teacher, Seifu Yoshida in 1923. Yoshida offered a Japanese music concert tour to the U.S. because he believed that Japanese music was unique and well worth sharing with westerners. (more details, look at the ?istory icon on the left)

Currently Masayuki Koga is the general director and principal shakuhachi instructor. Kenny Endo is the principal taiko instructor. The principal instructors have started the ensemble group of " Essence " for the 2000-2006 Touring Artists Directory by the California Arts Council. Now Essence has invited another Taiko player Jimi Nakagawa .and Guitar player Hideo Date. They have performed with the Sacramento Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony and the locations were various: from Mamiya Hall in Honolulu, California Institute of Arts, Stanford University and Colorado University to the Lincoln Center in New York, and most major cities in Japan, Germany and Canada as well. He has several recordings; "Eastwind", "Shakuhachi and Sitar", and "Seoto" including collaboration with Kitaro for the opening piece of his CD, which was nominated for Grammy-award of 2007.

For any questions regarding performance of "Essence" please contact:
Masayuki Koga 415-621-2950, mkoga@sbcglobal.net

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JMI SHAKUHACHI CONCERT SERIES 2008

by JMI Performing Group :

Tim Hamano, Jordan Simmons, Peter Frentzel, Stuart Goodnick, Alan Johnson, Tom Anderson, Peter Young, Mike Nakazono, John Takeshi Morris, Vidya Cicchini, Drue Kataoka, Ken Hinoki, Tom Lew, Masayuki Koga

Announcing GUSTS KOTO (Japanese harp) / Tamie Kooyenga, Mayumi Tanaka, and GUST TAIKO(drum) / Jimi Nakagawa .

Date & Time: November 14, Friday 7:00PM,

Place: St. Gregory Church/ 500 De Haro Street San Francisco .

Admission: $10.. by advance purchase at SHARAKU(415-929-9084), and JMIA.

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

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.. NEW OPEN - INTENSIVE SHAKUHACHI WORKSHOP SERIESShakuhachi Workshops for Beginners and Advanced/ once a monthNext Workshop day , call us. Beginners at 10:00AM 12:30 PM Advanced at 1:00PM 3:00PM Location: East Bay Center, Richmond/ visit, www.eastbaycenter.org call for more details: 510-526-1560