On Sunday March 10, Japanese music, fine jazz, and Arabic beats will all converge when the Murasaki Ensemble plays at the Old First Church in San Francisco.
The Murasaki Ensemble has a unique sound that merges the subtle sounds of the far-east with the rhythmic spice of the near east producing a sound that is extremely vibrant and alive.
The Murasaki Ensemble will feature an exciting linuup including: Vince Delgado on Arabic percussion, Matt Eakle on silver “big wind” flute, Jeff Massanari on smooth groovin’ guitar, Alex Baum on string bass, all led by this year’s Bunka (Japanese cultural) Hall of Fame recipient Shirley Muramoto.
Special guests will include from Japan young shamisen sensation Masahiro Nitta, who has been dubbed “the greatest shamisen player in the world.” Joining him also on shamisen will be the equally
amazing Kyle Abbott, director of Bachido.com.
Additional guest artists include Michael Sasaki on funk rock guitar from the groups Cold Blood and Hiroshima; Karl Young onhe beautiful and meditative shakuhachi (bamboo flute); and Brian Mitsuhiro Wong playing his exquisite koto stylings.
The concert is called Japanese Hogaku and will feature new sounds from America and Japan including original compositions by the artists.
The Murasaki Ensemble concert is a rare opportuinity to hear master level musicians share diverse musical traditions and two outstanding shimasen players.
The Murasaki Ensemble in concert:
March 10, 2013
Old First Concerts
1751 Sacramento Street
(at Van Ness Avenue)
San Francisco, CA
Purchase tickets at http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org/performances/ or at the door
$14 seniors (65+), full-time students
Free children 12 & under