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Cultural Performance: Koto Harp

Photo taken by Karla Pell

Enjoy a free performance by regular cultural partner Masumi Timson on the koto. This event will take place in the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center from 1:15 to 2:30pm.

Artist Bio: Masumi Timson

Masumi Timson with her kotoMasumi Timson holds a master’s degree (師範 – Shihan) in Koto and Shamisen from the Seiha School of Japanese Traditional Music. She plays both classical and contemporary koto music and sings Japanese classical songs with koto and shamisen accompaniment. To explore a wide range of musical genres from Jazz, Blues, and Tango, to Mozart, she also enjoys collaborating with a variety of western musical instruments. Masumi has participated as a session musician on several Pink Martini albums.

Masumi also organizes and directs the Sakura Koto Ensemble, a group of musicians based in Oregon who play traditional Japanese instruments and sometimes collaborating with musicians of western musical instruments.


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”