佐藤松豊略歴 Madame Matsutoyo Sato
NHKテレビ、ラジオ番組に多数出演。 日本中を演奏活動で周る。1966年にサンフランシスコに移り、松豊会を設立。 10年間に150人以上の名取を輩出し、指導者としても多大な評価を得る。
1976年にLAに移った後は、Gypsy Rose Lee Show, 空手キッド２等の様々なテレビや映画、CM音楽に携わり、アメリカで日本音楽を広める第一人者として名前を広める。 ポリドールレコードから “佐藤松豊民謡集” を発売。 その中に収められている “小東京音頭” は20年以上に渡り、二世週閉会音頭にて流れている。
Matsutoyo Sato studied European music and opera in Japan for 10 years as a child.
At 16, she was formally exposed to Minyo, Shigin, and the Biwa. By age 20, her instructors encouraged her to apprentice under Madame Matsuko Sato, the late Iemoto, or Grand Master of the Sato school in Japan.
Excelling in a variety of traditional music genres, her skill and determination allowed her talents to be recognized with performances on both local and national NHK television and radio programs, and various stage performances throughout Japan.
In the United States, she has performed in films such as ” The Karate Kid 2″ and various TV commercials. Disney Land’s “Japanese Festival” also “Little Tokyo Ondo” for Japanese Nisei Week Festival.
Today, Matsutoyo Sato continues to teach and pass on her knowledge, passion and expertise in traditional Minyo throughout Northern and Southern California.
小杉真リサ Marisa Kosugi
Marisa was born in Berkeley, California. She is the daughter of Matsutoyo-sensei and is a member of Matsutoyo Kai & Minyo Station, a Jazzy style folk music band.
At age 21, Marisa apprenticed under Japan’s renowned Minyo singer, Madame Makiko Kosugi, to study the traditional style of Minyo, the Japanese culture and arts.
She lived in Tokyo for 3-years and attained her Natori, accredited name of a performing art. She learned the language and etiquette by listening and watching her senpais, upper classmen. There were many challenges, but through the support from her Minyo family in Japan, she learned discipline.
The purpose of her training was to have a better understanding of her mother’s experiences in the arts that requires strength, patience and deep passion.
After returning to the U.S. she’s been enjoying time with her mother and Matsutoyo Kai members performing in California.
She hopes to share the stories of Minyo and the history of Japan as her mother’s wish is for Minyo to continue for another 100-years.