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Pagosa Center for the Arts presents YO, the spirit of Asia

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy PSCA YO performs in concert Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, presenting an evening journey into the heart of Japan and soul of India. The noted group includes three world-renowned instrumentalists — Ty Burhoe, Yutaka Oyama and Akahisa Kominato.

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YO performs in concert Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, presenting an evening journey into the heart of Japan and soul of India. The noted group includes three world-renowned instrumentalists — Ty Burhoe, Yutaka Oyama and Akahisa Kominato.

On Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts presents an evening journey into the heart of Japan and soul of India, with three of the leading world music maestros.

“YO” means “The World” or “World Community.” The music of YO presents the ancient traditions of Japan and India in a fresh, creative and inspired vision — a celebration of culture and community.

Come join us for a magical evening of music — straight from Tokyo to Pagosa Springs. An event not to be missed.

Ty Burhoe, heard before at the Center for the Arts playing the tabla with Sandra Wong, has traveled to Japan and formed this amazing group, which are now touring the U.S.

Yutaka Oyama is one of the world’s leading shamisen players. Oyama has become well known for his deeply musical touch and the power of his improvisation. He has played in many of the top concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall. His music can be heard on movie sound tracks and many CD recordings, both tractional and fusion.

Akihisa Kominato is a celebrated meastro of the shakuhachi. Kominato is known for his deep expression of the traditional music of Japan, but is also world renowned for his ability to collaborate and blend with many different musical styles as well as for his work on many movie sound tracks. Kominato is also deeply respected throughout the world for his unique ability to fully improvise in the moment on a difficult and deeply traditional instrument.

Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of the great tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain since 1990. Burhoe is known for his inspired accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and in fusion settings. He has been featured on many soundtracks for films and DVDs, including the Academy Award-winning documentary, “Born into Brothels.” Burhoe works with a broad range of artists, including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Rick Alan (Def Leppard), Jon Anderson (Yes) and many more. He has performed in prestigious halls all around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Tickets to this unique and beautiful concert are $22 and can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW. Seating is limited; advanced purchase is recommended.

This story was posted on October 24, 2013.