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Tsumug Ito from Japan


19th october at 20:00h – Auditori Rafelbunyol




“Tsumug Ito” Koto and Guitar

“Tsumug Ito” founded in 2014 by Norio Sato (guitar) and Maya Kimura (koto) at Tokyo. They have been performed at various cities in Japan and performed at some cities in Mexico in 2018. Their repertoires are many contemporary works and baroque music including J.S.Bach G.Handel Parcel and so on. Japanese and international major composers had composed for Tsumug Ito included Shintaro Imai, Noriyasu Tanaka, Miyuki Itoh, Hebert Vazquez and so on. They will record for new CD in 2019 summer.

Norio Sato  – Guitar

Born in Jilin, China in 1951. Japanese guitarist Norio Sato studied under Yasumasa Obara and won first prize in the 1971 Guitar Competition (the present-day Tokyo International Guitar Competition). Sato is considered one of the leading artists in Japan today and is frequently called upon to premier new works. He concretizes and records regularly, and artistic director. In 1993, Norio received the special award in performance from the Music Competition of Japan awards and the Kyoto Music Award(Applied Music division),the Nakajima Kenzo award in 1994, and the Asahi Contemporary Music award in 1996. He is adjunct Lecture in guitar performance at Toho Junior College, Nihon University College of Art and Ferris Jogakuin.

Norio Sato performed in the international festival including in Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, England, China, Australia, USA, Venezuela, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Spain and so on. In 1997 Norio Sato founded Ensemble Nomad with purpose of performing the 20th century ensemble works and living composers. The ensemble had been performed in major festival in Japan and international, including the Gaudeamus International Music Week in Amsterdam, Festival a tempo in Caracas, Huddersfield, Morelia Festival and Cervantino festival in Mexico.

Maya Kimura – Koto

Maya Kimura (25 strings Koto) Born in 1985 and raised in Hokkaido, Kimura was trained by Harumi Hashimoto from the age of 3. She studied with Keiko Nosaka and Michiko Takita at the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music. Kimura was awarded Kenjun Prize at the 17th Kenjun Memorial Kurume Koto Music Festival. She has also won various grand prizes and prizes at numerous competitions since childhood, and received the Encouragement Prize of the cities of Kushiro and Bekkai. Her international activities include performance in Berlin, Budapest, Vladivostok. In 2009 she became one of the founding members of 4plus, with whom she has premiered over 20 contemporary works for 25-strings koto

El 2009 es va convertir en una de les membres fundadores de 4plus, amb la qual ha estrenat més de 20 obres contemporànies per koto de 25 cordes.


Tsumug Ito from Japan

saturday 19th october at 20:00h – l’AUDITORI RAFELBUNYOL


Time Sequence(1976): Toshi Ichiyanagi

New Work(2019): Juan Jose Eslava

Superplume(with MANA system)(2018): Norio Nakagawa

In Autumn(2016): Jo Kondo

Japan Winds(2019ver.): Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez


Guitarra, Norio Sato

Koto, Maya Kimura


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