Aono Jikken Ensemble

July 21, 2020

Aono Jikken, pronounced Ah-Oh-No Gee-Ken (Japanese for blue field experiment), is a Seattle-based experimental ensemble. Through structured improvisation the group creates unique music and soundscapes played on everything from traditional Asian and Western instruments to childrens sound toys, found objects, and specially invented instruments made of metal, plastic, kelp and other materials. The group also […]

Read More

Categories:

Kevin Simmonds

September 26, 2018

Kevin Simmonds is a musician and writer originally from New Orleans. He studied music at Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and completed the Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. He founded Tono International Arts Association, an international arts presenter in northern Japan (Iwate Prefecture). Kevin received a Fulbright fellowship to Singapore where he […]

Read More

Categories:

Seattle Kokon Taiko

September 13, 2018

Seattle Kokon Taiko is a performing group based in the local Seattle Japanese American community. SKT traces its roots to the Seattle Taiko Group, which formed in April 1980 following a dynamic performance by Ondekoza at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1987, three members left STG to form Kokon Taiko Ensemble and focus on […]

Read More

Categories:

Elizabeth Falconer

July 24, 2018

Elizabeth Falconer is one of the few American masters of the koto, a traditional zither from Japan.  She began playing the koto in 1979. She earned a junshihan (associate degree) from the Seiha Koto School, studying under Nagane Utayumi. This school focused on classical works. She later moved to Tokyo and studied under the esteemed […]

Read More

Categories:

Sumiko Sato

March 17, 2017

Sumiko Sato is a Composer/Pianist and Japanese native who finished her doctorate at the University of Washington in Composition. She studied composition with Ken Benshoof and Richard Karpen, and piano with Patricia Michaelian. She has also worked with many of her contemporary Seattle musicians in the ’90s. Her music is often inspired by sound in […]

Read More

Categories:

Paul Kikuchi

January 18, 2017

Paul Kikuchi attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert while in the womb and was born the next day. He shares a birthday with Prince. His music is wide ranging — from drone/ambient soundscapes to compositions for traditional Japanese instruments, and has been described as “. . . somewhere between natural and deliberate, between wind chimes and […]

Read More

Categories: