Arts Midwest presents Hiromitsu Agatsuma in a Public Concert on Saturday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School Auditorium, 510 McKay Avenue N., Alexandria, MN 56308. Agatsuma is a Shamisen player from Tokyo, Japan, who is said to have a ground breaking approach to the instrument and an ability to win over new listeners worldwide.
Born in Ibaraki in 1973, Agatsuma began studying the Tsugaru Shamisen at the age of six, and earned his first accolade-first prize at the 1988 All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Competition-at fourteen. He continued his studies and twice won top honors at the Tsugaru Shamisen National Competition as a youth. He has recorded seven albums on the EMI label and tours internationally extensively and music has also been used for film and television.
Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest connects the world of music with local communities in the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, with opportunities to share creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries through World Fest.
Agatsuma is one of many musicians invited to conduct week-long residencies in a rotation of communities in the region. They perform a public concert, school concerts, workshops and master classes with local musicians and outreach activities in the community libraries and banquet halls.
In turn, the community is given information on the performers and curricula to study the geographical, historical, social, literary, and cultural qualities of the cultures of their guests.
For information about itineraries, curricula and biographical information about participating artists call 320-762-3310 x4275 or visit www.artsmidwestworldfest.org. Find out more about Agatsuma at http://www.emimusic.jp/artist/agatsuma/