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Koto Recital at CalArts Fuses Traditional Asian Music with Contemporary Western Sounds and Stunning Visuals

CalArts student Kozue Matsumoto performs with guest composer and alumna Rita Ueda

February 20, Valencia, CA—The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts presents koto artist Kozue Matsumoto. Performing original compositions and traditional Japanese music, Kozue has prepared an event showcasing her musical works and collaborations at CalArts featuring projection-mapped animations, larger-than-life origami art and real-time digitally processed koto performance.

The performance takes place at CalArts’ Wild Beast Music Pavilion on Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m.

 Matsumoto will perform in and present the world premiere of a new chamber opera by guest composer Rita Ueda, a CalArts alumna, featuring the performance on three never-before-combined zithers from Japan, Korea, and China. Ueda has had works performed by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.   

Originally from the Tohoku region in Japan, Matsumoto has dedicated her concert to all the lives affected by the Tohoku Earthquake of 2011. A very special origami crane created for this performance will be the traditional vehicle for the prayers of those in attendance to be carried to all lives affected by the earthquake.

The CalArts community welcomes all to appreciate the different musical traditions featured in this unique concert, as musicians from different cultures collaborate for the first time to create exciting expressions of contemporary themes and concepts.

 More information about featured artists below. 

Kozue Matsumoto

Rita Ueda 


Calendar Editors Please Note

 Kozue Matsumoto Koto Music Concert

March 3, 2015 at 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Wild Beast Music Pavilion


24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

Free admission

For information call 661 253 7816  

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 has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange