Strokes of Genius: Artistry and Music with Yasunori Kimata
Underwritten by the JM Foundation, Sushi Republic Restaurant and Renaissance Hotel

DATE  Friday, February 23, 2018

TIME  7:00pm, museum doors reopen at 6:00pm

PRICE  $20 (members $15)

LOCATION  Morikami Theater

Advance ticket purchase required

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Join up-and-coming artist Yasunori Kimata for an evening of art, music and the mastery of the brush. An artist with many talents, Kimata is in his element as he paints live. See art come to life before your eyes, accompanied by the heart-pounding rhythms of taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko and the tranquil sounds of koto musician Yoshiko Carlton.  Kimata’s paintings will be auctioned off at the end of the evening with proceeds to benefit Morikami’s education programs.

Yasunori Kimata is an artist, live painter, ceramic relief sculptor, muralist and art designer. Born in 1976 in Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture, Yasunori Kimata graduated from Nagoya Zokei Design College (now Aichi Zokei Design College.) At the age of 20, he started working as an artist under the name KAT and conducted live painting shows at a variety of events. He held performances and exhibits at a diverse array of venues within Japan and abroad, and began collaborating with other artists to hold joint performances. Among his many initiatives promoting art in his home region, Kimata hosts “ART CONNECTION” and supervises “Art Night,” as well as a live painting performance, “Wa-Art Live!” at public events in Gifu. He has been featured as an advocate for the arts in newspapers and other media.

Yoshiko Carlton started her koto training at the age of nine and continued her koto studies after moving to Florida with Mrs. Kyoko Okamato, founder of the Washington Toho Koto Society based in Washington D.C. She furthered her studies with renowned 25 stringed koto player, Brian Yamakoshi.  Since 1990 she has directed, mentored, and performed with the taiko drumming ensemble Fushu Daiko, in which she was a founding member. She established “Yoshi no Kai”, “Friends of Koto” in 2002 for the purpose of educating and introducing koto music to the West. In 2003, she was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and in 2016 the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for her contribution in promoting Japanese culture, especially koto, to the community.

Fushu Daiko is recognized by Seiichi Tanaka, the master of San Francisco Taiko  Dojo, who brought taiko to the United States and who trained senior members of the Fushu Daiko group.

Founded in 1990, Fushu Daiko is made up of many nationalities and backgrounds, and its members have been drawn together by the taiko. Through its sound, Fushu Daiko wishes to create a sense of connection in the hearts of those who hear the taiko’s beat.


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