Tsugaru-Shamisen Concert by Junya Koikawa

Apr 20, 7:00 p.m.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Mr. Junya Koikawa, a performer of Taishu Engeki (a Japanese performing art with Kabuki origins), will play Tsugaru-shamisen, a traditional Japanese musical instrument known for its dynamic sound. This instrument is often played together with folk songs. Mr. Koikawa was the head of one of Japan’s largest Taishu Engeki groups and remains a highly influential figure in Taishu Engeki culture. Mr. Koikawa learned to play the shamisen under the Yoshida Brothers, who are world-renowned shamisen musicians. Following his Taishu Engeki career, Mr. Koikawa now collaborates with traditional Japanese musicians by choreographing and performing dances at live concerts.

Sponsored by the Chinese and Japanese Department, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the Creative Arts Across Disciplines, and the Japan Foundation New York.

A seated, barefoot performer wearing robes strums a stringed instrument.
Junya Koikawa