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Special event - Intro to Traditional Japanese Music

Learn about traditional Japanese music with Baker Library! Through a partnership with Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Florida, Baker County Library District will host a virtual program on Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 am.

May contain: leisure activities, music, musical instrument, musician, performer, and person

This one-hour event is available online from anywhere and will also be displayed in the Riverside Meeting Room at the library. It is free and open to all ages.

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Meeting ID: 872 3730 3179
Passcode: 632924

Participants will learn the fascinating history of the traditional Japanese instrument the koto, a 13-stringed zither, and the 17-string bass koto. Dr. Joseph Amato and his students will demonstrate several songs.

Joseph Gashō Amato received his Ph.D. in composition from New York University with primary studies in Italian contemporary music. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Bunka-chō Japanese Government Artists Fellowship to pursue formal study of Japanese traditional music at Seiha Hōgaku-kai receiving his teaching license and his professional name Gashō in 2003. Currently, he directs the Japanese Culture Program at Yokohama International School (YIS) since its inception in 2011. Before establishing this program, Dr. Amato founded the YIS Japanese traditional music program in 2003 and served as its director until 2011. Pursuing his work on sharing Japanese traditional music and culture on the international level, in 2017 Dr. Amato founded and currently serves as Director of Japanese Culture Promotion and Management (, an NPO dedicated to supporting Japanese traditional arts and culture. In 2017, working with the Morikami Museum a Japanese traditional music program was established at the Morikami.

This program is generously supported through a grant from Toshiba International Foundation, Japan.


Wendy Lo | Curator of Education

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road | Delray Beach, FL 33446

(P) 561.233.1328 | (F) 561.499.2557