Instrument/Discipline: Shamisen, Shinobue, Nokan, Hichiriki/Nagauta, Minyō, Gagaku ensemble
School (流): Nagauta, Minyō, Gagaku
Ha/Kai (流派/会): To-onkai Nagauta, Masahiro Minyokai, Togi Suenobu Gagaku
Professional Name (芸名): Associate Professor Jay Keister
Home Address: 3120 Corona Trail #102, Boulder, CO 80301
Home Phone: 303-444-8028
Cell Phone: 303-919-7817
Employment: College of Music, University of Colorado
Work Address: College of Music, Campus Box 301 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
Work Phone: 303-492-5496
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? Yes
Jay Keister currently teaches Japanese Ensemble at the University of Colorado, Boulder with a focus on minyō folk songs and dances, nagauta with nihon buyō dance, and occasionally gagaku. He also teaches shamisen privately, both minyō and nagauta styles. He performs with his ensemble and does lecture demonstrations on Japanese music and dance.
One of his main goals as an educator is to teach about traditional Japanese culture through an understanding of music, dance, and expressive language.