Anna Sato: shimauta, sanshin, harp
Toshiyuki Sasaki: drums
The traditional island songs of Amami Ōshima are usually performed by a singer accompanied by a drum called a chijin. While maintaining and cherishing this fundamental arrangement, Anna Sato and Toshiyuki Sasaki perform using nontraditional instruments, including the shimauta, sanshin, harp, and Western drums. They have succeeded in creating an original music that is uniquely their own.
For this concert, attendees will get to experience firsthand the traditional island songs of Amami Ōshima (Sato’s hometown), which have been passed down for generations. Attendees will not only have the rare opportunity to hear these beautiful songs; they will also learn the history and characteristics of the instruments Sato plays. Starting in a traditional style, this concert will progress to showcase the duo’s modern arrangements while also demonstrating the forms and charms of the island songs. This event is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the National Museum of Asian Art.