Loading Programs

Back to Calendar

  • This program has passed.
Photo of Awakko Ren

Shamisen of Bachido + Awakko Ren

Date:
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Time:
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue:
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA
Phone:
(415) 543-1718
Cost:
Free

Other

Facebook Event URL
https://www.facebook.com/events/1050284601770009/

A three-string lute plucked and strummed with a plectrum, the shamisen has played an important role in Japanese culture for some five centuries. Santa Cruz’s Kyle Abbott became obsessed with the banjo-like instrument about 13 years ago, and created Bachido, an international organization that champions the shamisen via a website, classes and annual gatherings in Japan, Europe and the United States. Abbott and Los Angeles shamisen master Mike Penny kick off the concert playing a combination of traditional Japanese folk songs, improvised duets, originals, and a few old-time Appalachian songs (Abbott’s favorite music in his pre-shamisen life). For the second half they’ll be joined by the Bay Area Japanese dance group Awakko Ren, which specializes in a centuries-old festival dance from Tokushima.

Presented in partnership with the

Explore more in these Festival series: