Naoko Kikuchi: Koto Unlimited

A concert of an exceptional performer on koto, a Japanese traditional instrument, took place on February 29th, 2017 in Archa theatre Prague. Naoko Kikuchi clangs the instrument’s strings with special ivory nails and common objects. Her music goes from sonic intimacy to sophisticated rhythmic and melodic gradations. Her guests were Hearn Gadbois (percussion), Seizan Osako (shakuhachi, saxophone), and Marek Matvija (shakuhachi).

The concert was organized by NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts, in collaboration with Archa theatre Prague and Czech-Japanese Association. Part of the Naoko Kikuchi visit in Prague was also a koto and shakuhachi workshop.