YIS celebrates the success of recent alumni Leo Konno: his first CD - Leo 1st - will be released tomorrow, March 8th, under the Nippon Columbia label. The CD features several modern koto works along with arrangements of the jazz standard Take Five and Mozart's Turkish March. There is also a new set of variations on Sakura for bass koto written by Leo. The CD is available online and will also be sold in CD shops throughout Japan.
To commemorate the release of Leo 1st, Konno will perform a concert at Yokohama's BankART Kawamata Hall in the evening on March 31st. The concert begins at 7 pm and the doors will open at 6:30. The performance will include selections from the CD as well as the bass koto concerto "Homura" with Leo accompanied by students from YIS's high school koto ensemble.
A limited number of tickets for the concert are available to the YIS community. The charge is 3,000 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for students. Please contact Mr. Patterson (email@example.com) for tickets and further information. Read more about Leo here.