Music from Okinawa, tropical islands of Japan

Distinct exotic tunes of Okinawa will be performed by Saburo (Sonny) Ochiai with sanshin, a traditional snake skinned banjo. He’ll be accompanied by a flutist and dancer. Enjoy heartrending ballads to lively dance music, which gets everyone on their feet! Reception with refreshments will follow.

Thursday, April 12 at 5:45pm to 6:45pm | Griffin Hall, 3

Saburo Ochiai, 2017Saburo Ochiai is a member of the Society for the Preservation of the Nomura School of Ryukyuan Classical Music based in Okinawa. The Okinawa Times newspaper company awarded him the ‘Merit of Excellence’ in 2008 and proceeded to grant him the ‘Apex Award’ in 2010. As an Okinawa Goodwill Ambassador certified by the Okinawan Governor, he continues to promote Okinawa and its culture through various festivals and ethnic events in the New York area.