Instrument/Discipline: Kugo (Ancient harp), Concert harp, Irish harp
Home Address: 95 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013
Home Phone: 212-732-4948
Cell Phone: 646-384-0204
Work Address: As above
Work Phone: 212-732-4948
Email 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email 2: email@example.com
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? Yes
Tomoko Sugawara teaches kugo, concert harp and Irish harp and gives workshops in kugo and Irish harp. In addition to solo performances, she performs in an ensemble that includes shakuhachi, oud, and percussion. She also gives lecture recitals on the history of kugo.
About the kugo: The kugo first appeared in western Asia (Mesopotamian) around 1900 BC. Its use spread along the Silk Road to eastern Asia, but died out around 1100 AD. The kugo was brought to Japan in the eighth century, and two examples survive in the Shosoin Treasure House in Nara, Japan. Tomoko Sugawara made a replica of the kugo and plays pieces from the time it flourished in Asia (800-1300 AD). In addition, many modern composers have written pieces for her to play on the kugo.