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Concert Concept

This history of mine made me to create this concert.
People often ask me why I moved to NYC. I grew up in Japanese tradition since my parents are also Koto players and family business from generation to generation (Japanese traditional musical instrument shop). I was struggling what type of musician I want to be as a Koto player especially when I was in Japan, also thinking how can I discover one more element “in between tradition and contemporary music”, because I’d been playing both of them in Japan. (Just in case I respect both of them and continue to play) When I was little, I still remember that Minoru Miki who is a music composer and invented 20-string-Koto said that tradition should be mixed with others. We have to protect tradition and I believe that we shouldn’t stop discover things. Although took/taking?me time to open up myself, it seems music composition is becoming one of my element. Tradition used to be contemporary, I want to pray/respect ancestors and continue to moving forward. And NYC taught me how “being myself”.

人からよく、どうしてNYに移り住んだのか、と聞かれる。私は伝統芸能に携わる家系に生まれ育ち、自分はどんな箏演奏家になろうか長いこと悩みつつ、伝統と現代の間にある音を創るとしたら?と考えてきた。きっとその両方(古典と現代音楽)を演奏してきたからだと思う。(私の基盤だから、これからも古典も現代も演奏し続けたい)小さい頃、作曲家で20絃箏を開発された三木稔先生がおっしゃっていた一言、今でもはっきり覚えている、日本音楽も混血が必要だ、と。伝統を守り重んじなければいけないけれど、同時に私たちも何かを見出さなければいけない、じゃあどうする。作曲は私のもう一つの要素なのだと思う。伝統とはかつて現代であった、先人を祈り尊び前進していきたい。それから、最終的に“自分であること”、はNYCが教えてくれたこと。
と、これらの経過と共に創ってきたコンサートの一つになります。