Japanese musician taking his piano on the road


Later this summer, classical pianist Miki Sawada will take her piano on the road as part of her “Gather Hear Alaska” tour, exploring the idea of ​​her instrument as a “home”. Accompanied by documentary filmmaker Hayden Peters, the Yale-trained Japanese musician booked a senior center, cafes, schools and a correctional facility to perform across Alaska. She is passionate about trail and backpacker.

“I hope that people who had previously considered classical music boring or too difficult will feel that they had a rich and engaging listening experience, and that it was fun!” Sawada told “Fractured Atlas” blogger Katherine Thompson in a June 8 article. “People watching the documentary are amazed at how unique and vibrant Alaskan communities are. May other artists who hear about the documentary be inspired to continue their adventures, taking the initiative to personally present their work to the public.

Before embarking for Alaska and the Northwest, Sawada will perform on the stage at Surry Arts at the Barn from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. Tickets cost $ 15 per person and can be purchased at the door or online at www.satb -surry.com. For more information, call 667-1308.


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