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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: February 15, 2000

West Meets East in Upcoming Concert

The sounds of jazz guitar, Japanese flute and drums from India will come together during the performance of "Music for Shakuhachi and Guitar" at California State University, Sacramento Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Shakuhachi virtuoso John Kaizan Neptune, jazz guitarist Takao Naoi and CSUS percussionist Dan Kennedy will present a concert of traditional and contemporary music from Japan and the United States at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Selections include the American folk hymn "Amazing Grace" as well as the beloved Japanese lullaby "Itsuki no Komori Uta."

Neptune is widely acknowledged to be among the top masters of the shakuhachi, or Japanese flute. A noted musician in Japan, where he lives, Neptune is an accomplished jazz artist and composer. He has gained respect in both the East and the West for his versatile and technically sophisticated "melting pot" of sounds. Naoi is very active in the live concert and studio jazz recordings. He covers a wide range of musical genres. The two artists have played together for the nearly 20 years. Their most recent project is a recording of jazz standards released last October.

Neptune and Naoi will be accompanied by Kennedy who will play the tabla, Indian drums. Kennedy is a recording artist for Harmonia Mundi Records and is a specialist in 20th Century music.

Tickets are $8 general and $5 for students at the Central Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323. The concert is sponsored by the CSUS music department and the World Music Club.

More information is available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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