Aiko Majikina

The Spirit of Okinawan Dance, Nov. 2, 2014

The Los Angeles-based Majikina Honryu-Aigen no Kai dance company will present “Nufa Gukuru — My Spirit Dances” on Sunday, November 2, at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, LA, led by artistic director Aiko Majikina.

“[My teacher] Yuko-sensei used to say that he could teach all the forms and techniques of the dance, but it can only come to life when you make it your own. Your spirit has to go into the dance,” remembers Aiko Majikina. “It has been a long-time dream of mine to bring his kumiudui to Los Angeles, and to honor him.”

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Asian Traditions at USD

Celebration of Asian Traditions

A celebration of music and dance from across Asia with some of the best practitioners of traditional arts in Southern California.

The program will feature kulintang and gangsa flat gong ensembles from the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center, the Ostrich Ensemble presenting Thai classical dance and music, Japanese shakuhachi played by Alex Khalil, Mongolian horsehead fiddle played by Charlotte D’Eveyln, Lao mouth organ played by Christopher Adler, and Balinese music and dance presented by USD’s own Gamelan Gunung Mas with special guest I Nyoman Wenten.

$10 general admission; $8 seniors, USD faculty, staff and alumni; and $5 for students with valid I.D. Purchase tickets at the door or online:

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Presented by the University of San Diego Music Department with the support of the USD Provost’s Office, the USD Asian Studies Program, the Center for World Music, and the Worldview Project.

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Jonathan Crick and Kyoko Takeda

Outdoor Summer Music Series: Music of Japan


This is the second concert of The Outdoor Summer Music Series, presenting music from world destinations in relaxed outdoor settings. This Series concludes on June 17th with an outdoor workshop and concert at Balboa Park featuring San Diego-based Choro Sotaque playing vintage Brazilian jazz in celebration of World Music Day (Fête de la Musique) .

Enjoy a calming outdoor performance of Japanese instrumental music with koto player Kyoko Takeda and shakuhachi player Jonathan Crick, two members of the San Diego ensemble Blue Kanon. These musicians regularly play at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.

Blue Kanon performs traditional and contemporary music on the Japanese koto (plucked board zither) and shakuhachi (bamboo flute). The group was formed in 2006, and since then has played for many cultural events in and around San Diego. The Japanese characters for Blue Kanon (舞流華音) translate as “dancing, flowing, brilliant sound.” In English, the name suggests the wonderful blue sky and ocean that we enjoy here in San Diego.

Kyoko Takeda was born in Tokyo, Japan and worked professionally as an engineer. She started studying Koto in 1982. Kyoko began performing publicly in 2000. She has been studying under the tutelage of the famous koto player/composer Toshihiko Mizuno since 2004.

Jonathan Crick studied clarinet with Charles Freebern, Don Baird and Daniel Magnusson. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from SDSU and was given the Outstanding Music Major and Outstanding Orchestra Member awards in his senior year. Since 1965 he has performed with numerous ensembles in San Diego, and has performed solo works in Matsumoto and Kyoto, Japan; Galway, Ireland; and Borlange, Sweden. He has given private music lessons in San Diego and in Galway, where he introduced the Suzuki Recorder Method.

This free concert will take place at the East Plaza Gazebo of Seaport Village. Nestled away on the east side of the village, the white gazebo and courtyard are ideal for a relaxing concert experience. Bring a chair or grab one of the picnic tables in the courtyard.

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Getting to Seaport Village

Public Transportation
Seaport Village is across the street from the Seaport Village trolley stop, and a short walk from the Sante Fe Train Depot serviced by Amtrak and the San Diego Metro Coaster.

Enter from Kettner Blvd. and turn left into the East Plaza Parking Lot. Parking is $5 for 2 hrs with a purchase of $10 or more. Without a $10 purchase, parking is $8/hour. Get more details here.

For detailed information please visit the Seaport Village website.

Walking to the East Gazebo

Enjoy your stroll through the village towards Buster’s Beach House. You will see the white gazebo and courtyard directly in front of the restaurant. Here is a helpful Seaport Village map.

Financial support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

SD Commission for Arts and Culture

Kozue Matsumoto

An Evening of Koto Music with Kozue Matsumoto

This is the second of an eight-concert series planned by the Center for World Music for its 2018-19 Season. 

An Evening of Koto Music

Join the Center for World Music for an evening of koto (Japanese zither) music with Kozue Matsumoto. After opening with an introduction to the instrument, its culture, and history, the artist will guide the audience through a performance of traditional and contemporary koto music.

About Kozue Matsumoto

Born and raised in the Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo as well, Kozue is now based in the Los Angeles area. She has played the koto since she was three years old, having studied under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai, she holds a semi-master title. She has also played the shamisen lute and the shinobue flute since she was a child.

In North America, she has been collaborating with various musicians, dancers, visual artists, and other artists. Not only does she play traditional, contemporary, and experimental music, but she also improvises, composes, and creates digital arts. She has performed in various projects including MicroFest, Improvisation Summit of Portland, Time-Based Art Festival, SASSAS, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab.

Kozue Matsumoto

Together with performances and interdisciplinary collaborations with various artists, she has a strong interest in exploring creative possibilities of Japanese traditional sounds and performing arts beyond their conventional contexts. She is currently working on integrating koto sounds with computer technology to create new koto experiences.

She studied improvisation, composition, and music technology with Susan Allen, Vinny Golia, Eyvind Kang, and Ajay Kapur, and graduated with a Performer-Composer MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

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This program will be an intimate concert, providing the audience the opportunity to interact with the artist.

6:30pm – Doors open. Light refreshments served prior to the performance.
7:00pm – Performance begins.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring wine for yourself and your friends.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, seating is limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets $20
Online Processing Fee $2

Read more about Kozue Matsumoto.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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