SF Intl. Arts Festival: Agatsuma Ensemble
Cowell Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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SF Intl. Arts Festival: Agatsuma Ensemble
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The seventh annual San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) kicks off on May 19 and runs through May 30 with more than 40 performances and two major visual arts exhibits being presented by 32 San Francisco organizations at multiple venues throughout the City. With its annual theme, "The Truth in Knowing/Now: Threads in Time, Place, Culture," SFIAF 2010 will include numerous World Premieres, US Debuts & International Collaborations featuring leading artists from the Bay Area performing and exhibiting with and alongside their international peers from around the world. This year's festival includes dance, music, theatre and visual arts and events will take place at four venues at the Fort Mason Center (the Cowell & Southside Theatres and the Herbst and Festival Pavilions) as well as at Monaghan's Bar, swissnex/San Francisco, Theater Artaud, the Garage, the Herbst Theatre and Union Square.

SFIAF 2010 gets under way with a world class music concert by Toshiba EMI and Domo recording artist Hiromitsu Agatsuma.  This is the only west-coast performance of his 2010 U.S. tour.  Agatsuma plays the Tsugaru-shamisen, (a larger shamisen with thicker strings than those used for most other styles) and infuses the traditional Japanese sound with contemporary musical influences of blues, rock, dance music, folk, flamenco, and funk.   He is breaking new ground with his fresh approach and giving new life to the traditional art form. Accompanying Agatsuma for the opening concert are Yoichi Nozaki on piano and Mikita Hase and Hiroyuki Okada on Wa-daiko Japanese traditional drums.


Cowell Theatre
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123
United States



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