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Bamboo, Silk and Tea: Benefit for the Victims of the Tsunami Disaster - July 8, 2011

Location: Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston MA, 02116 (Wheelchair accessible)

On Friday, July 8th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., three types of traditional Japanese cultural arts will come together; Japanese shakuhachi and koto in concert, and in silence, a memorial tea. This event will benefit the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund - Boston. 



  • Grand Master of the Shakuhachi: Elizabeth Reian Bennett
  • Koto: Sumie Kaneko
  • Master of Tea: William Thrasher


Elizabeth Reian Bennett, first woman to become a Grand Master of the shakuhachi, joins kotoist Sumie Kaneko, a graduate and award winner of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, in a program of Japanese music. Bennett’s sonorous and nuanced tones blend with Kaneko’s rich voice and precise strings in traditional themes: a piece in praise of incense to remember the ancestors, a song for departed souls, reflections on the passing away of all things and lyrics in praise of beauty. Master of Tea William Thrasher performs a simple but ancient preparation of tea to honor the spirits of those who died in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March, and to comfort those who now suffer great loss.


Suggested donation: $20


Contact: Elizabeth Reian Bennett,, Old South Church (617) 536-1970 

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