AJSW Classical Music Concert Series-Bristol
15 October 2010, Bristol
Part of the continuing AJSW classical music concert series promoting and supporting Japanese musicians drawn from a variety of environments be they professional, students, visiting or home based.
YOMO NO KAI
1. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN Shakuhachi solo
2. Melody of ROKUDAN Ensemble of Koto, Shamisen and Shakuhachi
3. HANAKAGE Same as above
4. HONKYOKU Shakuhachi solo
5. CHIRODI Ensemble of Koto, Shamisen and Shakuhachi
6. Folk tunes of England Shakuhachi solo
7. SAKURA Duo of Koto
8. HARU NO UMI ( Sketch of the sea in Spring ) Duo of Koto and Shakuhachi
Michiko Hisamatsu(MS) and YOMO NO KAI
Was born at Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan and began her Koto career at 6 years old and organized her own Koto group “ YOMO NO KAI” in 1965. Now the YOMO NO KAI has about 30 members. “YOMO NO KAI” means “group from all directions “ in Japanese and it represents Ms. Hisamatsu’s principle to enjoy Koto music altogether.
Ms. Hisamatsu and YOMO NO KAI give an annual concert once a year in springtime and also play at the local cultural festival every autumn. Apart from those two main concerts, they visit the old citizen’s houses and the home for the handicapped to play Koto throughout the year.
Ms. Hisamatsu travels abroad for concert tours with her pupils and friends many times. That is to say England in 2002, Finland in 2003, Germany in 2004, Russia in 2005, Portugal in 2006, and Romania in 2007.
In 2008, she played at 50th anniversary event of the Dutch-Japanese Association at Leiden in Netherlands and received a good reception.