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    Japanese Shô Master to Perform at Pacific

    Jan 13, 2011

    Acclaimed Japanese shô master Ko Ishikawa from Tokyo will perform traditional and new music on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at University of the Pacific.

    Japanese Sho Master ko IshikawaThe shô is a traditional Japanese Woodwind instrument. It is incredibly expressive since it allows for the production of both single notes and full chords. Sometimes referred to as a mouth organ, it is as magical to hear the shô as it is to see it, since it almost looks like the back of a miniature organ, as the pipes in the instrument reach straight up above the head of the performer.

    "Ko Ishikawa is considered to be one of the most accomplished shô players in the world," said Francois Rose, a professor with Pacific's Conservatory of Music. "He's an active member of the world-renowned Reigakusha orchestra and has performed both Japanese and Western music in concert around the world."

    He will be joined on stage by the members of the New Pacific Trio to perform, among other words, the premiere of Rose's new work titled "Entre ciel et terre". The New Pacific Trio is made up of three Conservatory professors; celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller, GRAMMY-nominated cellist Nina Flyer and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong. They have performed across the West Coast and in Central America, performing original works, classical works and accompanying many famed musicians.

    The concert will be held in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Tickets cost $8 per person ($7.20 online), $5 for seniors and free to Pacific students with an ID. They can be purchased at http://go.pacific.edu/MusicTickets or at the door on the night of the event.