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Mitsuki Dazai

My recent work with Grammy nominated composer Michael Hoppe was used for the short film "Nous Deux Encore",
the winner at the Portland Film Festival 2009. Visit portlandartmuseum.org/nwfilm/piff/32/awards/
This film also won the Best Score Award at the Monte Carlo Film Festival, including "The Best Original Music".
www.monacofilmfest.com/2009program/winners.php

About Mitsuki Dazai

Mitsuki is a graduate of Japan's renowned Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan, where she majored in vocal performance in the Western Classical tradition. During the course of her studies, she felt drawn to the non-western traditions of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia Interested in these areas eventually led Mitsuki on a circuitous route to a discovery of traditional Japanese music and she began intense studies in traditional koto music at the Ikuta School of koto.

Mitsuki Dazai, originally from Tokyo, Japan, enjoys introducing her lovely koto music to the diverse cultures of the world. She has performed professionally throughout Japan, America and Europe since 1997.

As a result of her educational-oriented performances throughout Oregon, she was featured by OPB (Oregon Public Broadcast) on their Oregon ArtBeat program in February of 2010.

Mitsuki is a graduate of Japan's renowned Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan, where she majored in vocal studies of Western Classical music. During the course of her studies in ethnomusicology, she found herself in venerable awe of her own cultural musical heritage, thus completing a circuitous route to traditional Japanese music and prompting her to begin intense studies in traditional koto at the Ikuta School of koto. Inspired by the legacy and veneration for this instrument, she next pursued advanced studies in contemporary koto at Sawai Koto Conservatory in Tokyo, with instructions by modern Koto Masters Tadao Sawai and world renowned Kazue Sawai, from which she graduated and was further honored as a certified koto instructor.

Since moving to Oregon in 2002, she has been performing extensively throughout the U.S. while serving as guest lecturer at the University of Oregon and Marylhurst University. She has organized numerous concerts of Japanese Music at universities, museums, libraries and community colleges. When returning to Japan she is welcomed as a guest performer and always pays an honorable visit to her respected mentor, Kazue Sawai.

Always seeking the challenge of performing with other talented musicians, she has joined in concert with Tessa Brinckman (flute, alto flute, piccolo, baroque flute), James Nyoraku Schlefer, Kaoru Kakizakai, Kazushi Matama, Larry Tyrrell, Peter Hill, Teruo Furuya (shakuhachi), Craig Green, Joe Ross (guitar), Curtis Patterson, Masayo Ishigure, Ryuko Mizutani, Shoko Hikage (koto), Joe Powers (harmonica) and Radim Zenkl (mandolin).

As a not-quite-retired educator, she also enjoys giving lessons, lectures and workshops.

In 2007 she released her first solo album "AUTUMN" and her second CD worked with Michael Hoppe is just released in 2010.

She is currently leading a koto ensemble group, Oregon Koto-Kai, as an instructor.

About The Koto | Biography | CDs | Concert Calendar | Lessons | Performances, Lectures & Demonstrations | Videos | Photo Gallery
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