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Masumi Timson holds a master’s degree (Shihan) in Music with specialization in the Koto from Seiha Conservatory of Japanese traditional music in Tokyo. Masumi has participated in the recording of several of Pink Martini's albums (http://pinkmartini.com), including 2011 Japan Record Award Winner and iTunes No. 1 Jazz Chart Hit“1969,” with Japanese legendary singer Saori Yuki. She has performed with the band at various venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Grand Rex Theatre in Paris, and Blue Note Tokyo and Tokyo Billboard Live, and still continues performing with the band as a guest musician.

  She has released her own CDs, Picture Dreams (Koto/Violin Duo), a collaboration album with Fumino Ando (The Oregon Symphony), and Pacific Bridge andConfluence with Richard Crandell, featuring the Koto and Mbira, a traditional African instrument. Masumi is currently teaching Koto at Willamette University and at her own studio in Salem, and performing solo and with various musical groups and artists both in Japan and the USA. She enjoys collaborating with a variety of western musical instruments to explore a wide range of musical genres from Jazz, Blues, and Tango, to Mozart. ( www.masumi-koto.com) ( https://www.facebook.com/masumi.timson)

Larry Tyrrell is a shakuhachi player, composer, recording artist and teacher who embodies the concept of transcultural music. First discovering and composing for shakuhachi in the 1970s, Tyrrell went on to devote himself to mastering the instrument from the 1980s onward. He studied in Japan with two of the greatest contemporary masters of the instrument; Miyata Kohachiro and Yokoyama Katsuya.

From 1991 to 1994 he was composer-in-residence with the Okayama Hogaku Ensemble, a performance group specializing in new music for traditional instruments. In 1994 he founded Moonbridge, an independent CD label specializing in transcultural projects often featuring shakuhachi in differing musical contexts and featuring releases in both the World Music and New Age categories.
He performs and teaches in the Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington region. You can find performance and booking information here. He brings a broad-based and open approach to shakuhachi teaching gained in his 28 years of playing experience. Drawing on his knowledge of Kinko, Tozan, Minyo, Dokyoku, contemporary Japanese music and World Fusion with a particular emphasis on Celtic music, he offers an adaptive musical palette to enable each student to get the most focused and satisfying shakuhachi experience possible. (http://www.moonbridge.com/larrytyrrell.html)

Tickets available at Blossom
                260 Liberty St. SE Salem, OR
                                  $25 at the Door
                                   $20 in advance


IKEBANA Workshop 

Instructor:  Nana Goto Bellerud

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1 - 3 pm

$40/per person  (Include all plant materials)

Inside of Tiga Sushi Bar

260 Liberty St. SE Salem, OR

Nana Goto Bellerud has been studying the Sogetsu School of ikebana for 14 years and continues to be inspired and have new insights from its teachings.  Nana demonstrates and exhibits ikebana at a wide range of venues including the Portland Art Museum and Portland Japanese Garden.  Through her demonstrations she seeks to introduce others to the art of ikebana and to intrigue and inspire them.  Beyond simply producing a beautiful work of art with flowers and natural objects, she shows her audience how ikebana explores artistic concepts such as balance, contrast, and negative space.  Nana also offers classes and workshops and is currently serving as Branch Director of Sogetsu Portland and is a past President of Ikebana International Portland Chapter #47.  


Ikebana Workshop - Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1 - 3 pm


This workshop covers a brief history and basic concept of ikebana, tools and equipment, plant material preparations and treatment, some practical and useful techniques, and how to create beautiful and unique ikebana designs.  This workshop is suitable for any skill level.  Participants take home the materials that they worked on.