Instrument/Discipline: Shamisen, Taisho Koto, Guitar; Minyō-Japanese Folk Music
School (流): Matsutoyo-kai
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Matsutoyo-kai
Do you perform? Yes
Matsutoyo Kai was established in Northern California by Matsutoyo
Sato in 1966 shortly after she arrived from Japan. For ten years Matsutoyo Kai
was based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1976 Matsutoyo Sato moved to the
Los Angeles area, extending the reach of Matsutoyo Kai to the Southern California
area, where it is now based. In 2006 Matsutoyo Kai became a nonprofit
organization. The primary objective and purpose of Matsutoyo Kai is to pass
on the traditional music of Japan and to create and leave a Japanese music legacy.
Part of that purpose is to provide instruction in singing, shamisen, taiko, and kane
(bell) and to give public performances in Japanese folk and classical music. With
Matsutoyo Sato as Artistic Director we will continue to expand Matsutoyo Kai,
keeping this rare "Art" of Japanese history alive.