Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2013

The largest festival of Japanese and contemporary music in Europe will take place on August 23-27. Like in previous three years, its venue will be the Music and Dance Faculty of Performing Arts located in Prague historical city centre on the Malostranské náměstí (Lesser Town Square).

 

Annoucing the first festival stars:

 

Mitsuhashi Kifu

Virtuoso shakuhachi player who, earlier this year, dazzled London performing Takemistu's November Steps along with Shuto Kumiko and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Aside from being a phenomenon in the realm of Japanese contemporary music, he is a bearer of ancient traditions the Komuso monks and their spiritual music.

 

Pamelia Kurstin

One of the most interesting and innovative contemporary theremin player. Her boundless repertoire embraces jazz and noise music as well as classical pieces such as Mozarts violin sonatas, Poulenc’s as well as Schönberg’s works.
Her first solo album Thinking Out Loud was released in 2007 on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.