Ayakano Cathleen Read

Yamada-ryu Sokyoku Japanese Koto and voice


Ayakano Cathleen Read began studying Yamada School koto music in 1969. She holds the urayurushi, nakayurushi and okuyurushi certificates of performance ability. In 1974, she became the first non-Japanese to join the shachu (musicians’ guild) of Nakanoshima Kin’ichi. Cathleen was given the performing name Ayakano. Ayakano’s teacher was Ichimura Ayano, a pupil of Nakanoshima Kin’ichi. Ayakano has performed widely in the United States, Japan, and Africa at museums, universities, and concert halls, on radio and television. Ms. Read has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. In Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. She is Adjunct Professor in the Music Department of Tufts University.

Artist Statement

山田琉事曲 Yamada-ryu sokyoku is Japanese classical chamber music performed on koto (long zither) and shamisen (3 stringed plucked spiked fiddle) and voice.