(SOLD-OUT) Sanshin Concert at Shofuso: A Night of Shimauta with Marin Naruse

Join us at Shofuso for a night of Shamisen, or more specifically Sanshin (snake-skinned shamisen originally from Okinawa) performed by Marin Naruse, an Asian Cultural Council grant recipient from the Amami islands of Kagoshima prefecture. On her tour of the east coast Marin is stopping for one night only at Shofuso to perform the intimate music of shimauta, a style originating from the Amami islands.

Guests will be given the option to sit on zabuton pillows or folding chairs, or stand throughout the 60-minute performance. These options are first come first serve. There will be snacks and refreshments available before the show begins. Any questions please contact info@japanphilly.org

Refunds will not be given less than one week prior to the event.

About MARIN NARUSE, shimauta artist

Marin is a young singer and sanshin player of shimauta, a traditional music unique to the Amami Islands in Japan.
As a shimauta artist, she has won multiple awards at competitions and collaborated with various artists including jazz pianists, orchestras and a rakugo player. As an official Minyo Ambassador appointed by the Japan Folksong and Dance Foundation, she has been actively promoting this unique and culturally significant form of traditional music that represents the heritage of the Amami Islands.

She is often invited as a guest speaker for shimauta workshops. She spoke at such occasions as the 46th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music in Lisbon in July 2022 and in SEGO Initiative’s Webinar Series for the World Ocean Day in June 2023. Acclaimed for her achievements, she has been chosen as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council (for the July-December 2023 term) and currently conducting research in New York City, focusing on the preservation of ethnic music and its application to shimauta.

After the fellowship, she will go back to Japan to finish her bachelor’s degree as a Policy Management major student at Keio University where she has received the university’s 2023 President’s Encouragement Award. She will continue to introduce shimauta to everyone in the world in both artistic and academic fields.


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Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center

Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

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