Party on the Plaza: Mitsuki Dazai

Hult Center Plaza
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Free; no ticket required

Hult Presents

Koto is a long Japanese board zither, having 13 strings and movable bridges. The body of the instrument is made of paulownia wood and is about six feet long. It is played by plucking the strings with the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand, which are fitted with plectrums. The left hand, in traditions after the 16th century, may alter the pitch or sound of each string by pressing or manipulating the strings to the left of the bridges. Music in traditional or classical style use pentatonic scales, but since the bridges are movable, various different tunings are used in contemporary music. 

Renowned koto player Mitsuki Dazai is a graduate of both Tokyo’s prestigious Kunitachi College of Music, and of the Sawai Koto Institute, where she studied with the world-renowned virtuoso Kazue Sawai, and received her certificate in koto instruction. Dazai moved to Oregon in 2002, serving as a guest lecturer at universities in Oregon, as an artistic director of new koto ensemble group, Oregon Koto-Kai (Japanese Koto Society of Oregon) and touring throughout the US, Europe, South America and Japan.

In 2010, Dazai was featured on Oregon Art Beat, and released two CDs —Autumn, Music for solo koto (2007), and Far Away…Romances for Koto (2010) in collaboration with Grammy nominated composer Michael Hoppe. Her artistry is also featured on the album Shanti Samsara; World Music for Environmental Consciousness, produced by Grammy Winning Composer, Ricky Kej.

In 2016, she was invited to 21C Music Festival in Toronto, Canada and played with Continuum Contemporary Music.

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