Japanese Koto & Shamisen Player, Singer Songwriter Sumie Kaneko has been recognized as a pioneer by her uniquely chromatic use of the instruments. Her project that is blending Japanese traditional elements into jazz improvisation is well received over the world. Performance highlights includes: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, TED talk, Getty Center, Boston Ballet, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, etc.. In 2015 April, her group made sold-out debut at Blue Note NY. In addition, she was the first Shamisen player of a winner of Pulitzer Prize Paula Vogel’s “The Long Christmas Ride Home”, and has collaborated with many of world instrumentalists such as Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe, On Ensemble, Yumiko Tanaka etc. and also painters, dancers and calligraphers. International tours: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Pakistan and many of domestic tours including Puerto Rico. In August through September 2016, she is going to have Asia tour.
“The dramatic movement” – New York Times
“Kaneko’s voice was really smooth, velvety, and mellifluous. Kaneko’s mastery finger work at both the Koto and Shamisen was highly commendable” – The News International
“New style of music that combines jazz with Japanese traditional music” – Masato Otaka, Embassy of Japan