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Concert Features Japanese Ensemble, Narration by Zen Arts Master

March 17, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Zen arts master Shozo Sato will guide audience members through a concert of music by acclaimed Japanese musical ensemble Koto Sound Team Kyara on Saturday, March 28, at Northwestern University.

The musical ensemble from Nagoya will perform at 7 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern's Evanston campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The group takes it name, Kyara, from the Japanese word for a fine and subtle kind of incense made from wood. Its musical selections will range from classical Japanese works to a contemporary fusion of anime (Japanese cartoon) action hero themes. The ensemble will feature the koto, a stringed, zither-like instrument that is sometimes known as the Japanese floor harp.

Sato will introduce each musical piece performed by the group and give a history of the koto in Japan. Koto Sound Team Kyara has performed at the Japan Festival and throughout Japan as well as in Europe and North America. The group is currently on a tour of universities and arts venues in the United States.

Sato earned a worldwide reputation for his Kabuki interpretations of Shakespeare and the Greek classicists, including Kabuki Medea and Kabuki Macbeth. A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, he founded a Japanese cultural center in Urbana-Champaign. In 2004, he was awarded the highest honor in Japanese arts from the Emperor of Japan.

For more information about the event, which is sponsored by the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Program of Asian and Middle East Studies and the Art Institute of Chicago, call (847) 491-7980.
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