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Tomoko Sugawara

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: tomoko@kugoharp.com
Email 2: s.tomokony@gmail.com
Website: www.kugoharp.com

Do you teach? Yes                               

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information:

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.