Instrument/Discipline: Koto, Shamisen
School (流): Ikuta-ryū
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Tōdō-kai 当道会
Professional Name (芸名): Tamie Kooyenga-Koutou
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? Yes
Tamie Kooyenga is a classically-trained and innovative kotoist who has studied various styles of koto music. She was inspired by her teacher, koto master Sumiko Goto (Seiha) who taught at the prestigious Tokyo Art University. She enjoys collaborations and has performed with the late Hanzan Shimabara (shakuhachi master and human treasure of Japan), koto master Kazue Sawai, jazz flutist Jeremy Steig (grammy award nominated), and Lee Sai Jun (Chinese gwuzhong). She currently teaches in Walnut Creek, San Francisco, and San Jose and performs at numerous venues including international music festivals, Asian music festivals, universities, and on television and radio.