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Invitation to the Fantasy World of Senju
Senju Matsunami, a nationally-celebrated professional in traditional Japanese music, will perform at the Dolores Winningstad Theatre on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 5:30pm.
Senju’s professional path started at the Miyagi School, where she began to play the koto at the age of six. Throughout the course of her successful career, Senju has explored a fascinating range of music from traditional Japanese song to modern western tunes played on a variety of Japanese intruments. Since graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju has worked as a professional performer on stage, TV and radio shows, as well as instructor, director and composer.
From 2009 to 2013, Senju spent a significant time of her career as musician and composer for the Kabuki Theatre. Aside from her work as performer, she has further been involved in various shows on NHK (National Broadcasting Company of Japan) as music instructor, coach and director for actors and actress. Senju is founder of the Matsunami School, where she teaches Koto, Shamisen, and Kamigata Uta (singing). As current president of the school, she manages and instructs over hundret students at five locations in Japan, while the demand of her services keeps rapidly increasing.
In her last Portland Concert in 2016, Senju captivated her audience with classics including Kazeni Kike, Rokudan, and Hananoirowa Uturinikerin in a vivid stage performance that showcased highly advanced technique, and original ways of presenting Japanese traditional music. In response to Portland’s enthusiastic requests for her return to the West Coast, Senju will perform in Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre on October 28, 2017 followed by a concert in Seattle on November 1, 2017.
The program for her 2017 West Coast concerts ranges from classic to modern music. Some highlights include:
• Kodojoji performed with Shamisen
• Harunoumi (Spring Ocean) played with Koto and Shakuhachi and accompanied by Japanese dance.
• Setugetukaniyosete (Snow, Moon and Flower) performed with multiple Koto, Shakuhachi and 17-string players.
• Kazenikike (Ask Wind), one of the most difficult Koto pieces ever written and only to be mastered by the highest skilled players. The music for this piece was originally composed for Senju by her friend at the Tokyo University of Arts.
Don’t miss the rare opportunity to enter the world of traditional Japanese music and be entranced by the ethereal beauty of shamisen, koto, shakuhachi, and song performed by Senju Matsunami and her ensemble.
Student tickets: $25.00
Senior tickets: $35.00
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