Sumie Kaneko
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Sumie Kaneko

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Japanese Koto & Shamisen player and Jazz singer/songwriter Sumie (Sumi-é) Kaneko creates music that spans a millennium. A master in the traditional repertoire of these ancient instruments, she has also pioneered their use in jazz and experimental music, through solo and group performances worldwide.

Tokyo University of the Arts, Berklee College of Music. Performance: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Blue Note NY, TED talk, Getty Center, Boston Ballet, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Workshops: Harvard University, MIT, Princeton University, Wellesley College. International tours: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka.


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