Etsuko Kawaguchi, founder and director of “Sui no Kai,”
was born in Tokyo and graduated from Tokyo Arts University in the traditional Japanese Music department.
She then joined the NHK Traditional Japanese Music Academy and performed with them all over Japan and overseas.
Etsuko is noted for her contemporary input into the traditional instrument, thus appealing to a wider and younger audience.
Her virtuosity and flexibility in her playing communicates and reaches out to those who are yet not familiar with this instrument.
The koto is a 13 stringed Japanese lute.
It is a string instrument, yet also a percussion instrument, for the strings are plucked as well as beaten.
Melodic yet rhythmic, the koto has an appeal for all.
An evening of serenity and beauty from Japan .