May 4, 2015
Recently, I performed with Hitomi Akutsu (http://moriharp.blog.fc2.com) at the Silk Road Film Festival 2015 (http://silkroadfilmfestival.com) opening ceremony at the Chester Beatty Library. During the ceremony, the acclaimed cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro was presented with a lifetime award. We performed a selection of Japanese and Irish folk and popular tunes.
On April 12, 2015, I was again joined by Hitomi and the guitarist, Sean Whelan (https://www.facebook.com/seancwhelan?fref=ts) for the annual Experience Japan Festival in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park. We performed some Japanese seasonal tunes and some anime songs.
Photo by Erica Vo (facebook.com/erikavphotography)
ESS Shakuhachi Summer School Paris
The 2015 ESS Summer School was held in Paris, organised by Shin-Tozan France. The guest performers included Kawamura Taizan and his son Kawamura Kizan. I performed a piece by Ichiro Seki, a set of variations on Sakura Kakura with the koto player, Etsuko Chida. This piece is unique in having its world premiere in Dublin by Yokoyama Katsuya.