Anna Sato, a singer from Amami Oshima, will join Kodo for Kodo “Opening Night,” the Shiroyama Concert on Day 1 of EC 2012 on August 17 (Fri). Traveling from one island to another, the clear echo of Ms. Sato’s island vocals will ring out from Sado this summer. Don’t miss this special occasion!
A Message from Singer Anna Sato
Shiroyama Concert Kodo “Opening Night” Guest Artist
I am honored to be able to take part in Earth Celebration for the first time, especially for this year’s milestone 25th anniversary. I hope that the music created together with both Kodo and the audience will speak to the hearts of everyone present. I expect that the shimauta (island songs) passed down to me from generations past in my home of Amami will deepen my bond with you all. With these hopes in my heart, I look forward to letting my songs echo out across the vast, unspoiled nature of Sado Island.
Anna Sato Official Website (in Japanese): http://www.pacificmoon.com/anna/
Anna Sato has been singing Shimauta (island songs) from the age of three. She learned the songs of Amami from her grandfather, a unique musical education that led her to win many Shimauta contests. She began her music career in Tokyo from the age of eighteen and has released seven CDs to date. In July 2011, she garnered worldwide recognition for her performance at the World Gymnaestrada in Switzerland, and she is now an official vocalist for Cirque du Soleil. Most recently, in March of 2012, she appeared in the Okinawa International Asia Music Festival.