Masahiro Nitta has been called “one of the greatest shamisen players in the world.” He is also one of the stars of the film Three-String Samurai, an appropriate title for a musician who will make his Portland debut at the Museum during the Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection exhibition as one of the Wacocoro Brothers, with Shinta (taiko) and Tsuyoshi Takashiro (DJ).
Born in 1984 in Sapporo, Hokkaido (Portland’s sister city), Masahiro Nitta plays the Tsugaru shamisen, a three-stringed folk instrument that resembles a banjo. Said to have originated in China, the Tsugaru shamisen first arrived in the southern island of Okinawa and made its way to snow country—the Tsugaru district of Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan—where over the past century it became an instrument known for its flashy, quick-fingered playing style that has stunned audiences around the world.
The Museum is pleased to present this concert in collaboration with the Portland Japanese Garden and in celebration of their 50th Anniversary.
$20 Museum and Japanese Garden members/ $25 general. Advance tickets available online.
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