JAID - Japan Artists Information Directory

Takako Bassett

Instrument/Discipline: Koto; Spring Valley Koto Ensemble
School (流): Yamada-ryū
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Yamase Shoin School
Professional Name (芸名): Tsutsumi Takase (堤 貴勢)

Home Address: 3493 Epstein Circle, Mundelein, IL  60060
Home Phone: 224-778-5360

Email: ltbassett@aol.com

Do you teach? Yes                               

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information:

Takako Bassett is a native of Tokyo and earned her koto teaching certificate from Yamase Shoin School in Tokyo in her youth. 

Since the establishment of the The Spring Valley Koto Ensemble in 1999 in Long Grove, IL, Takako and the ensemble have been introducing classic to contemporary koto music, performing at various venues in greater Chicago area. The venues where they have performed include: 

  • The Chicago Symphony Center (Day of Music-Silk Road Celebration);
  • Harper College Performing Arts Center as a guest artist;
  • The Chicago Daley Center for the 150th anniversary of US-Japan relations;
  • Music Institute of Chicago as a guest performer for their chorus group;
  • Merit School of Music, Chicago;
  • various educational institutions, museums, Japanese gardens, and libraries in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. 

Ms. Bassett is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago (Mundelein College).