The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 1
Hiromitsu Agatsuma + Akiko Yano

September 27, 2014
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SOLD OUT – A waitlist will begin one hour prior to curtain at 6:30 PM.

Tsugaru-shamisen rock, pop and jazz virtuoso Hiromitsu Agatsuma and musical luminary pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano perform together for the first time ever. United by their inimitable ability to transform the sentimental strains of Japan’s beloved folk songs (min’yo) into cool jazz/pop tunes, Agatsuma and Yano use 3 strings, 88 keys and endearing vocals to breathe new life into this musical genre. Sure to deliver sparks, explosions and surprises, this one-of-a-kind collaboration is not to be missed!

$35/$28 Japan Society members

Saturday, Sept. 27 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

Purchase tickets to two The Shamisen Sessions events and save $4, purchase tickets to three and save $6, purchase tickets to all four and save $8 (available for general and member-priced tickets). Discount is only available by visiting or calling the box office at (212) 715-1258 or by downloading the Ticket Order Form (PDF).

The Shamisen Sessions
From traditional stages to contemporary rock, pop and jazz concerts, this three-stringed instrument has forged art and entertainment culture in Japan for centuries and continues to shape new spheres in world music. These four sessions spotlight leading shamisen musicians from Japan performing the full gamut of today’s musical styles.

The Shamisen Sessions series Vol. 1-4 is supported by Doug and Teresa Peterson.

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.


Images: Hiromitsu Agatsuma, courtesy of the artist; Akiko Yano © SUSIE.

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • 7:30 pm