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“Whether traipsing over a steady, rolling rhythm or swimming through a collage of abstract sound, Shoko Nagai treats every moment as an opportunity for deep synchronicity.” -- The New York Times
Join Shoko Nagai, an astonishing musical artist who performs with a broad array of collaborators. Shoko's work is is heard in both live performance and film. Since moving to the U.S. from Japan, Shoko studied at the renowned Berklee School of Music, adapting her skills for "prepared" piano, accordion, and other keyboard instruments. Her work is often inspired by the minimalist approach of composer Toru Takemitsu. Whether she is performing jazz, Klezmer, Balkan, or experimental music, Nagai is a charismatic presence onstage, who hypnotizes audiences with her intense focus and virtuoso sound. She has received countless awards, including Chamber Music America, Jazz Giants, and NY Foundation for the Arts.
Nagai’s compositions for film include Hodo Buzz, directed by Mari Kawade, a Quartet of films directed by Linda Hoaglund: Edo Avant-garde: The Wound and The Gift, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, Things Left Behind, directed by Diredre Fishel, L'amour Cache directed by Alessandro Capone.
With Support from the Embassy of Japan
Decatur House Museum
748 Jackson Pl NW
Washington, DC 20006