Oregon Koto-Kai (the Japanese Koto Society of Oregon) presents an Early Spring (So-Shun) Koto Concert Sunday, February 19 at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St. Portland, OR 97202 at 2:30 pm.
The group features authentic Japanese music played by koto (Japanese zither) and shamisen (three string lute). Players wear elegant kimonos, the traditional Japanese costume.
The concert opens with Japanese traditional dance by Takako Hara. The program includes “Rokudan (six steps)” and “Kuro-Kami (black hair), composed in the Edo period and “Sakura (cherry blossoms)” for koto ensemble with 8 players includes 9 year old girls.
The Oregon Koto-Kai ensemble celebrates its fifth year playing, instructed by koto master Mitsuki Dazai. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, available at oregonkotokai.org.