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Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts presents ‘YO, the Spirit of Asia’ 

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy PSCA Ty Burhoe, left, on tabla, and Yutaka Oyama on shamisen will joined by Akihisa Kominato, a celebrated maestro of the shakuhachi, as the three present “YO, The Spirit of Asia,” Friday, at 7 p.m., at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

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Ty Burhoe, left, on tabla, and Yutaka Oyama on shamisen will joined by Akihisa Kominato, a celebrated maestro of the shakuhachi, as the three present “YO, The Spirit of Asia,” Friday, at 7 p.m., at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

On 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.

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 is  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 on many CD recordings, both tractional and fusion.

Akihisa Kominato is a celebrated maestro 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 soundtracks. Kominato is also deeply respected throughout the world for his unique ability to improvise in the moment on such a difficult and deeply traditional instrument.

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 fusion settings. He has been featured on many film and DVD soundtracks, 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 around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and 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 highly recommended.

This story was posted on November 7, 2013.