11/14 | The Chicago Koto Group at Elastic Arts


The Koto is a traditional Japanese instrument used today mostly in chamber music. It was introduced into Japan from China around the 6th century as part of the Imperial Court ensemble but quickly moved into the more popular culture. By the 17th century it was widespread within the culture and enjoyed in a chamber setting particularly with voice, Shamisen (a three stringed japanese banjo like instrument), and Shakuhachi (more on these other instruments a bit later)
The Chicago Koto Group was founded in 1985 by Akiko Sugano in order to promote Japanese culture through traditional music and art. It has been active in the Chicago area ever since, performing during the year at festivals and other events.

Elastic Arts 3429 W Diversey #208, Chicago

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