Ensemble of Japanese Instruments

Traditional Japanese chamber music is known as Sankyoku and features 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 and original music for the ensembles brings contemporary relevance to the tradition and concerts are enlivened with commentary and discussion about the music, things to listen for, and historical background.


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.