Thursday, February 20, 2020

6:30 pm - 9:00pm

Globus Washitsu

889 Broadway (Between 19th & 20th Streets), Unit PHC



Tickets: $75 / $60 WMI members


Join us for an intimate evening of Japanese culture with a live koto and shamisen performance by  Masayo Ishigure and her student, Ken Hutchinson.


Sushi, sake, and refreshments will be served in the beautiful and private Globus Washitsu, an authentic Japanese space in Manhattan. 


7:00 pm - Live koto and shamisen Performance by Masayo Ishigure and Ken Hutchinson, followed by a Q&A session

8:00pm - Reception with sushi, sake, and refreshments


This event is generously hosted by the Globus Washitsu.


All proceeds to benefit WMI's programming and mission.


*Please bring socks as visitors are not permitted to wear shoes inside the Globus Washitsu.



About Masayo Ishigure:


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. After initial studies with Tadao and Kazue Sawai, Masayo became a special research student in 1986 at the Sawai Koto Academy of Music -The academy incorporates many influences from classical to jazz and aims to change the perception of the koto from solely as a traditional Japanese instrument to an instrument of universal expressiveness. In 1988, Ms.Ishigure received a degree in Japanese Traditional Music from Takasaki Junior Arts College with a concentration on koto and shamisen.

Ms. Ishigure moved to New York City in 1992 and has performed at many prestigious venues and for various organizations such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall, BAM, Merkin Hall, Asia Society, Japan Society, World Music Institute, Metropolitan Museum, Symphony Space and other venues in the New York City metropolitan area. She has been invited to perform at various colleges and universities and has participated in music festivals in Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Holland, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Belarus, Jamaica, Hawaii and Alaska. She also accompanied several performances by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Mr. Peter Boal and was a guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Masayo recorded alongside Yitzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and others on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack from the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” by John Williams. She has released her own solo CD entitled Grace.

Masayo Ishigure has taught koto and shamisen at Wesleyan University, CT and Columbia University since 2010 and offers private lessons in New York City, New Jersey and Washington DC. For more information: http://www.masayoishigure.com 


About Kenneth Hutchinson:



About Globus Washitsu: 


The Globus Washitsu is an authentic Japanese space in central Manhattan, comprising of traditional shoji screens, tatami mats, and fusuma. It is an ideal setting for listening to Japanese music. Created by the Globus family with the assistance of Japanese carpenter. It has a full tea house where traditional Japanese tea ceremony on lessons are conducted. The Globus Family sponsor many facets, including music, of Japanese culture including Art, Film, Kimono, Craft, dance, etc. They also offer residence for visiting artists in their Ryokan (Japanese style living space). They collaborate with other cultural institutions, such as the World Music Institute to broaden the dialog between people from Japan and USA. For more information: http://nycwashitsu.com/