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Sumie Kaneko's J-Trad & More . . .

  • 08 Aug 2014
  • 7:30 PM
  • Regatta Bar - Chalres Hotel Cambridge
Medici Musica Productions presents:

Sumie Kaneko's J-Trad & More

Friday, August 8th
The Regattabar
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA

Sumie Kaneko (Vocal, Shamisen)
Kaoru Watanabe (Fue, Taiko)
Yoshiki Yamada (Bass) 

Japanese Koto & Shamisen Player, Singer Songwriter Sumie (Sumi-é) Kaneko has been recognized as a pioneer by her uniquely chromatic use of the instruments. Her project J-Trad And More is well received over the world that is fusing her Japanese roots with the colors of jazz and freedoms of avant-garde.

She started playing Koto when she was at five, next year she was broadcasted by NHK. In 1995, Sumie won in Takasaki International Competition in Koto performance. She studied Japanese traditional music at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music then studied Jazz vocal at Berklee College of Music in 2006. Performance highlights includes: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, TED talk, Getty Center, Boston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts. She has also performed at academic scenes such as Harvard Univ., Princeton Univ., Wellesley College, Berklee College of Music and many more and in 2014, her group was invited to the Washington DC Jazz Festival at the Embassy of Japan. In addition, she was the first Shamisen player of a winner of Pulitzer Prize Paula Vogel's "The Long Christmas Ride Home", and has collaborated with many of world instrumentalists. International tours: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Jamaica (by Japan Foundation NY), Bangladesh (invited by Embassy of Japan). The second album "J-Trad And More II” will be released in 2014 fall.


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