Ensemble East

Ensemble East is a traditional Japanese chamber music group featuring Koto, Shamisen, Shakuhachi and Voice. From tales of the Geisha, to the poetry of nature, the stories of old Japan unfold in this rich musical tradition. Modern solo and ensemble music brings contemporary relevance to its programs, and concerts are enlivened with commentary and discussion about the texts and the music’s historical background. A unique concert innovation is the option of supertitles, English translations of the Japanese poetry projected during performances. Ensemble East has toured throughout the US, appearing on concert series and at universities and festivals. It has also performed in South America and the Caribbean.


A traditional piece.


A modern piece.

Ensemble East on the EBRU TV show “Rhythm & Roots.” Performances of Michiyo Miyagi’s “Haru no Yo—Spring Evening” and Hikaru Sawai’s “O-Koto” plus interviews with the members of the group.