Saturday, March 21, 2009

Gualala Arts 2009 Whale & Jazz Festival

– a night of Japanese poetry –
Saturday, April 11
7:30 p.m.
– Book Signing Party –

All performances accompanied by Shirley Muramoto on koto and Karl Young on shakuhachi unless noted otherwise.

“Notes from a Jazz Geisha, Tokyo” written and performed by Blake More. “I discovered Jazz in Tokyo, thanks to the tutelage of a delightfully generous, engaging Japanese patron.”

"Cast Your Fate To The Wind" an American pop standard written by Vince Guaraldi, with lyrics by Carel Werber arranged for koto and shakuhachi by Shirley Muramoto and played with Karl Young.

On this Same Star by Mariko Kitakubo, Tokyo performance artist and tanka poet, performs her original tanka in Japanese. Linda Galloway, American tanka and haiku poet, will present the English translations by Amelia Fielden. In addition to the koto and shakuhachi accompaniment, Mariko plays the hamohn.

“A Selection of Haibun” written and performed by Renée Owen accompanied by musician Brian Foster on shakuhachi flute.


"Shaei" – Diagonal Shadows by Hikaru Sawai – a koto solo played by Shirley Muramoto

"Yoshino Shizuka" – is a classical-style number by Katsuko Chikushi played by Shirley Muramoto and Karl Young

"Basho Inspired Butoh” arranged and performed by Don McLeod. Don McLeod is an internationally acclaimed butoh dancer and movement artist. Haiku selected from Basho: The Complete Haiku by Jane Reichhold.

Thanks to Sponsors

Kodansha Books of New York & Tokyo

Sue Friedland and Karl Young for lodging

Joel & Jeremy Crockett of Four-Eyed Frog Books for tonight’s bookstore

– Cover artwork “Kimono” by Barbara Kelly –

For more information about this event or the performers, see the Gualala Arts Center website at

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