Instrument/Discipline: Koto, Shakuhachi
Do you teach? Yes, individual artists teach.
Do you perform? Yes
Additional information: lecture, lessons, workshops available
The East Winds Ensemble was formed in 1999 in New York City. The purpose of the group is to present concerts of traditional and modern music performed on Japanese traditional instruments, the shakuhachi and the koto. The members of the group are Masayo Ishigure, Yuki Yasuda, Charles Tang and Marco Lienhard. Performances have taken the group to Japan, Mexico, Europe and around the US, and members have performed in some of the world’s most renowned halls, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Osaka Festival Hall.
Past concerts also include, Symphony Space in New York, Salamanca Hall in Gifu, Japan, concert in Tokyo, Museum of Art of Gifu, Concert for World Music Institute in New York, U of Maryland, Gettysburg College, Wesleyan University, University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and University of Missouri, St. Louis. EWE recently toured Brazil for the Japan Foundation, and they regularly perform in NYC. Members also have recorded for Nintendo's game: “Red Steel” 1 and 2, and for movies, including Memoirs of a Geisha. They released a best selling CD of the Music of Miyazaki Hayao, arranged for koto and shakuhachi. Marco Lienhard and Charles Tang on piano have released two CDs, and the group is releasing a new CD in Spring 2018. Lienhard was an invited guest performer at many International Shakuhachi Festival s around the world. Lienhard gives master classes and concerts internationally – he was recently in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland, France and Russia.