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Make Music New York "East-Meets-West" Fusion Concert

Jun 21 | Mon |
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LIVE music is returning to NYC! Do not miss Masayo Ishigure & the MIYABI Koto Shamisen Ensemble @ Bryant Park on Make Music Day – June 21st, 7PM.

Koto Shamisen music, a centuries old Japanese tradition, is loved the world over. Ever evolving, this performance at Bryant Park explores a range of musical possibilities through a mix of old and new.

The unique setlist is comprised of two dynamic sections. Part I one builds on traditional Japanese melodies with ensemble music composed in Japan. Part II is a new adventure where east-meets-west with incredibly special musical guests:

o Mr. Todd Isler, Percussion

o Mr. Arthur Kell, Bass

o Ms. Mayu Saeki, Flute

o Ms. Molly Aronson, Cello

About Japanese Instruments:

Koto – better known as the national instrument of Japan. The most common type of koto features 13 strings and moveable bridges. The strings are typically plucked, pushed, and pulled to create a delicate and traditional sound.

Shamisen - Best known for its percussive twang, the shamisen is played by striking strings with a plectrum (bachi) down to the skin of its body. Sometimes likened to the American banjo. The instrument’s distinct sound is featured across Japanese entertainment – from kabuki to anime.

Consulate X Make Music New York

The Consulate General of Japan in New York is proud to partner with Make Music New York to contribute to the return of a New York City tradition: beautiful LIVE music in outdoor spaces! We believe LIVE music is a vital step in the reopening of New York, we are happy to be a part of this effort.

As our partners say: Make Music New York + You = Music to Rejuvenate NYC.

COVID-19 & Weather Information

This event is subject to COVID-19 guidelines put in place by Bryant Park: Masks & Social Distancing.

Please review Bryant Park's policy with regard to COVID-19 here:

By attending this outdoor concert, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.

The performance is subject to cancelation due to rain or poor weather.

Venue: Bryant Park

1065 6th Ave Map