Kozue Matsumoto


Born and raised in the Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo as well, Kozue is now based in the Los Angeles area. She has played the koto since she was three years old under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai and holds a semi-master title. She has also played the shamisen and the shinobue since she was small.

In North America, she has been collaborating with various musicians and movement, visual, installation, and other artists. Not only does she play traditional, contemporary, and experimental music, but she also improvises, composes, and creates mixed media arts. She has performed at various projects and performances including MicroFest (Los Angeles CA), Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA), Improvisation Summit of Portland (Portland, OR), Time-Based Art Festival (Portland, OR), Center for World Music (San Diego, CA), SASSAS (Los Angeles, CA), Washington Street Art Center (Boston, MA), Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (Vancouver, Canada), Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (Vancouver, Canada), and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab (Columbus, OH).

Together with her creative works and inter-disciplinary collaborations with various artists, she has a strong interest in exploring the possibilities of Japanese traditional sounds and performing arts beyond their conventional contexts. She is currently working on integrating koto sounds and computer technology to create new koto experiences. 

She studied improvisation, composition, and music technology with Susan Allen, Vinny Golia, Eyvind Kang, and Ajay Kapur, and graduated with the Performer-Composer MFA from California Institute of the Arts.



主に北米を中心に活動しており、北米各地で演奏活動、作品の発表を行っている。一例:MicroFest (ロサンゼルス、CA), Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center (サラトガ、CA), Improvisation Summit of Portland (ポートランド、OR), Time-Based Art Festival (ポートランド、OR), SASSAS (ロサンゼルス、CA), Washington Street Art Center (ボストン、MA), Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (バンクーバー、カナダ), Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (バンクーバー、カナダ), and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab (コロンバス、 OH).

カリフォルニア芸術大学 (California Institute of the Arts) 演奏・作曲科美術修士過程卒業。