Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee for a program that brings together two expressive musical traditions, bridging the cultures of Japan and India. The performance illuminates the deep-rooted similarities of their craft while highlighting their affinity and respect for one another as virtuosic performers furthering their own timeless musical traditions. Kurosawa and Chatterjee spin mesmerizing musical tales as they enchant the audience and reinforce the powerful idea of music as a means to enhance the collaborative spirit of our global community.
Kurosawa’s performance with Chatterjee arises out of their fascination with other cultures and their instrumental histories, specifically the history and tradition of roots instruments. With the koto being one of the country’s most ancient and beloved instruments, Kurosawa sought to collaborate with other international roots artists, seeking a merging of two traditions that would create a new music. In our age of globalization, Kurosawa and Chatterjee's collaboration speaks to the idea of music as a unifying force, demonstrating how each tradition has inherent musical similarities while at the same time retaining their individual characteristics and expression.
"An inventive, seemingly cosmopolitan composer... Ms. Kurosawa presents her themes gracefully and then undertakes intricate, sometimes adventurous variations, drawing on a timbral palette that ranged from warm and rounded to bright and metallic... chromatic, harplike swirls, fluid chordal figures and alluring bent notes." -Allann Kozinn, The New York Times
Born and raised in Japan, Yumi Kurosawa was only three when she started studying the koto, a traditional stringed instrument similar to the zither. Her extensive performances in Japan have included appearances at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and on NHK Broadcast TV. Since moving to New York in 2002, Kurosawa has performed in some of othe nation's premiere concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the Apollo Theater. She has released three solo records: Four Seasons (Vivaldi/Kurosawa, 2017), Looking At The Sky (2015), and Beginning of a Journey (2009).
Accompanying Kurosawa is Anubrata Chatterjee, a master percussionist specializing in the tabla, two-faced drum originating from the Indian subcontintent. Son of the world-renowned tabla maestro, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Chatterjee likewise began his musical career early in life.
Together, these two classically trained musicians push musical boundaries through traditional instruments specific to their own cultural background.