• Kazuko Lillie

Shamisen Spotlight with Kyle and Su- Wasshoi Wednesday #8

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a live shamisen performance on Zoom next week, starring Kyle Abbot and Su Bunjamin! Keep reading to learn more about this dynamic duo and for more information about the performance!

Those that have attended JapanFest in previous years will probably recognize shamisen player Kyle Abbott. Kyle has been entertaining JapanFest crowds since 2016 with fellow shamisen player Mike Penny. He is the founder of Bachido, an online community for shamisen enthusiasts. With over 3,000 members worldwide, beginners and professional players can unite together to connect, learn, and inspire each other.

Kyle has also led instructional camps in America, Germany, and Japan, as well as competed in Japan's National Tsugaru Shamisen tournaments. In 2015, he

assisted the animators of the movie ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ by coming to the studio so they could observe a shamisen being played live. Needless to say, we're excited to have Kyle come back to help us with Virtual JapanFest!

Su Bunjamin might be new to the JapanFest scene, but she's a familiar face in the international shamisen community. She is the driving force of Germany’s newly emerged Tsugaru shamisen scene and is dedicated to spreading her passion through performing and teaching. She is the co-founder and leader of Germany’s first and only shamisen association that pursues introducing the shamisen and Japanese culture to a broader audience. We're very happy to have her join us!

The live shamisen performance will take place on Friday, July 31st, at 8 pm (EDT) on Zoom.

Please keep an eye out on social media for more details, or check out our website here. We look forward to enjoying shamisen music with everyone!

Bonus! Check out this awesome video of Kyle's group competing in Japan here.

See you next week!