“ABEYA” Tsugaru-Shamisen US Tour

Celebrating the Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial

In 1912, the city of Tokyo gave Washington, DC the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to be planted around the Tidal Basin.  The trees have since flourished and now transform the appearance of the nation’s capital each spring, standing as permanent reminders of the friendship our two countries share. To commemorate this important event, ABEYA, Japan’s top Tsugaru-Shamisen Performance Ensemble, is traveling to 5 cities after Los Angeles to introduce American audiences to Japanese traditional music infused with the energy and power some of Japan’s most acclaimed young performers.



Los Angeles, CA (Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles)

7:00pm Monday, April 9, 2012
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Each registration counts as one person and will result in one ticket.
You may register multiple times in order to get enough tickets for your entire party.

Los Angeles, CA (UCLA)
Free Admission WORKSHOP

8:00pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012 
The Orchestra Room, 1343 Schoenberg Hall

For more information, please contact the Department of Ethnomusicology or call the Japan Foundation at 213-621-2267!

*Refreshments will be provided
*Co-sponsored by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music  Department of Ethnomusicology and the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, in conjunction with The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

Portland, OR (co-organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Portland)

7:30pm Thursday, April 12, 2012
Lincoln Recital Hall, Room 75
Portland State University
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

$10 - general
$6 - student

In collaboration with P S U Center for Japanese Studies

Seattle, WA (co-organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle)

7:30pm Friday, April 13, 2012

Illsley Ball Nordstrom
Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101


In collaboration with the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee

San Francisco, CA (co-organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco)

4:30pm Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cowell Theatre
Fort Mason Center
Landmark Bldg. A,
San Francisco, CA 94123-1382

Free Admission

In collaboration with the Fort Mason Center, the Japan Society of Northern California and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Committee

Denver, CO (co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan at Denver)

6:15pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80202

Free Admission

In collaboration with Arts & Venues Denver

Honolulu, HI (co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu)

7:30pm Thursday, April 19, 2012

Orvis Auditorium
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Free Admission

In collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Manoa