Date & Price
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Reserved Seating: $30
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $26
Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
A WORLD OF MUSIC SERIES
Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee for a program bridging the music and culture of Japan and India and illuminating the deep-rooted similarities between the two. Kurosawa and Chatterjee spin mesmerizing musical tales as they reinforce the powerful idea of music as a means to enhance the collaborative spirit of our global community.
Listen to Yumi Kurosawa with Special Guest Anubrata Chatterjee
More about Yumi Kurosawa
Born and raised in Japan, Kurosawa started study of the koto when she was three years old. She received first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992, and a scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. Her extensive performances in Japan have included appearances at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and on NHK Broadcast TV. Kurosawa has been based in New York since 2002 and continues to perform in local New York City venues such as Joe’s Pub, the Highline Ballroom, the Blue Note, and the Apollo Theater. Internationally she has toured in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, and the US. She has released three solo records: Four Seasons (Vivaldi/Kurosawa, 2017), Looking At The Sky (2015), and Beginning of a Journey (2009).
Kurosawa made her Carnegie Hall debut with Orchestra of the Swan in 2006. In 2011, she was principal soloist in the premiere of Daron Hagen's koto concerto Genji with Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, which was later performed with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2013 Kurosawa was principal soloist for the premiere of The Memory Stone at the Houston Grand Opera.
In 2015 she premiered the ballet Tsuru, for which she was commissioned by Houston Ballet and Asia Society Texas both as a soloist and composer. That same year, Kurosawa collaborated with Beyoncé dancers Les Twins for a performance at the world heritage site Kiyomizu-dera; performed at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China; and was a soloist for the koto & shakuhachi concerto Fugaku by Takashi Yoshimatsu with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall’s opening gala.
Kurosawa has been lauded by The New York Times for her graceful musicianship; “drawing on a timbral palette that [ranges] from warm and rounded to bright and metallic.”
More about Anubrata Chatterjee
Son of the world-renowned tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Chatterjee was nurtured from a very tender age to be a tabla player. He had the rare fortune of being the youngest and the last “Ganda-Bandh” disciple of the great guru Padmabhushan-Deshkottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh in 1992. Subsequently, Chatterjee continued his training under the gifted tutelage of his father, focusing on Farukhabad Gharana, Lucknow, and Ajrada Gharana styles.
Chatterjee made his debut as an accompanying artist with the legendary Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and since then has gone on to successfully accompany living legends of Indian classical music, including Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with Orchestre National d’lle de France; Pandit Birju Maharaj; Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma; Ustad Shahid Parvez; Sh. T.H. Vikku Vinayakram; and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He has also given numerous memorable duet performances with his father.
Chatterjee has proved himself both as a soloist and as an accompanist by his consummate tabla renditions. Taking the “parampara” forward, he has built upon his father’s style and expanded his own repertoire to display an amalgamation of power, grace, skill, and superb tonal clarity. Internationally, he marked his debut with a solo performance at the BBC World Radio, UK, in 1991. Since then Chatterjee has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious international festivals and venues across the globe. Taking after his father, Chatterjee gives great importance to imparting quality training to his students. He holds regular workshops in New York at the Music Academy for Tabla Research by Anindo Chatterjee and has conducted numerous workshops in Japan.
Chatterjee actively collaborates on projects that are traditional yet new age. He formed a unique percussion group named Taal-India wherein every region of the country was represented by a percussion instrument. He has also been a part of various fusion bands, including his current band Laya Curry and Beats & Pieces. Chatterjee was presented with the Basavaraj Rajguru Award in 2014 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Yuva Award in 2016.
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