East Winds Ensemble will present a concert of Shakuhachi and Koto music, new compositions and traditional compositions, on Dec. 3rd, 2009 at 8 PM at Symphony Space’s Thalia. Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and Hammerstein Ballroom and appeared on numerous TV programs (Regis and Kathie Lee, ESPN, History Channel,).

Lienhard is one of the few true Shakuhachi non-Japanese Masters recognized in Japan. The concert will take you on a journey into the soul of old and modern Japan with very soulful and passionate music interpreted by some of the best performers of Japanese music.

East Winds Ensemble has infused a fresh breath of air into Japanese traditional music and their passionate and energizing performances have been acclaimed all over the world by audiences of all ages.

They have recorded for movies (“Memoirs of Geisha,” “Wrath of Gods,”) and several CDs including their best selling album music of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies (“Princess Mononoke,” “Spirited Away,”).

The CDs are available on iTunes and cdbaby.com East Winds Ensemble can also be heard on the award winning score of the Nintendo Wii game Red Steel 1 and 2. For more information go to Marco Linehard or Taikoza

The Hogaku Journal, Tokyo Japan wrote: “ An amazing shakuhachi player Marco Lienhard has come out with a new CD, truly a very gifted and wonderful sense of musicality.

“Not since Yamaguchi Goro’s rendition of Kinko Honkyoku music have I felt the need to listen to more of his music. His rendition of Honkyoku form the Watazumi style is incredible and everyone studying the style should listen to it. His powerful and heartfelt rendition of Amazing grace reminded me of such gospel singers as Mahalia Jackson. ”

Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St, in Manhattan.
Tickets: $20; Members $15; Student, senior $12
For tickets: 212-864-5400 or go to: symphonyspace.org