6:30 pm - 9:00pm
889 Broadway (Between 19th & 20th Streets), Unit PHC
Tickets: $75 / $60 WMI members
Join us for an intimate evening of Japanese culture with live music by Yumi Kurosawa, sushi, sake, and refreshments in the beautiful and private Globus Washitsu, an authentic Japanese space in Manhattan.
7:00 pm Live Koto Performance by Yumi Kurosawa
Followed by Q&A and 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 Yumi Kurosawa:
An award-winning koto star from a young age, Yumi Kurosawa is one of today's most exciting soloists on Japan's national instrument. Her solo repertoire includesclassical Japanese compositions, as well as her own innovative and enchanting original works. Born in Morioka, Japan, Kurosawa began her koto studies when she was three, going on to win first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992. Since relocating to the US, she has played on such stages as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, and the Blue Note. Kurosawa has been a principal soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan in the UK, and the Houston Grand Opera, and in 2015, she was commissioned to write an original score for the Houston Ballet. Her many collaborations have included pairings of koto with tabla, with oud, with string quartet, and with dance, including a piece with the Beyonce-affiliated dance duo Les Twins.Kurosawa has two solo albums out to date: 2015's Looking up at the Sky, and 2009's Beginning of a Journey
The 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/
Presented in conjunction with Globus Washitsu's Tatami Recital Program