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An Evening of Koto Music with Kozue Matsumoto

Saturday, November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


This is the second of an eight-concert series planned by the Center for World Music for its 2018-19 Season. 

An Evening of Koto Music

Join the Center for World Music for an evening of koto (Japanese zither) music with Kozue Matsumoto. After opening with an introduction to the instrument, its culture, and history, the artist will guide the audience through a performance of traditional and contemporary koto music.

About Kozue Matsumoto

Born and raised in the Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo as well, Kozue is now based in the Los Angeles area. She has played the koto since she was three years old, having studied under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai, she holds a semi-master title. She has also played the shamisen lute and the shinobue flute since she was a child.

In North America, she has been collaborating with various musicians, dancers, visual artists, and other artists. Not only does she play traditional, contemporary, and experimental music, but she also improvises, composes, and creates digital arts. She has performed in various projects including MicroFest, Improvisation Summit of Portland, Time-Based Art Festival, SASSAS, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab.


Together with performances and interdisciplinary collaborations with various artists, she has a strong interest in exploring creative possibilities of Japanese traditional sounds and performing arts beyond their conventional contexts. She is currently working on integrating koto sounds with computer technology to create new koto experiences.

She studied improvisation, composition, and music technology with Susan Allen, Vinny Golia, Eyvind Kang, and Ajay Kapur, and graduated with a Performer-Composer MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts.


This program will be an intimate mini-concert, providing the audience opportunity to interact with the artist.

6:30pm – Doors open. Casual reception prior to performance.
7:00pm – Performance begins.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

TICKETS $20/$15 Kalabash Students with the discount code “KalabashFamily”

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