Miyuki Yoshikami plays the koto, a 13-stringed musical instrument, a popular instrument of Japan. The koto’s sounds are reminiscent of almost any stringed instrument of the world and it is so versatile, Western classics, popular songs, jazz, Avant gard, etc., can be played on it. However, knowing both Western and Japanese music, when Miyuki plays, she prefers the koto classics for she believes this is the nexus for cultural exchange. Which raises the challenging question: Is music Universal in its Appeal?
Miyuki Yoshikami is musician, educator, and author. She graduated with an AB from UCLA in elementary education, and later earned her MA and PhD at University of Maryland College Park on Comparative Education. At UMCP, she taught courses on the Japanese Performing Arts in the Honors Program and led Study Abroad courses to Japan. She also taught Japanese music at Gettysburg College and the Corcoran School of Art and Design. As a musician since childhood, she has performed at many venues in Los Angeles and later in the Washington DC area at the Kennedy Center with the NSO, and other programs, Strathmore, National Cathedral. She has given lecture/recitals at various museums and universities and has written the book, Japan’s Musical Tradition: Hogaku from Prehistory to the Present, 2019 by McFarland Publishers.
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