Origin: Tokyo, JAPAN
Genre: Folk music (Mainly Norwegian, Irish, and Arabic)
Official Websites: emysakai.com
Violin, Fiddle and Hardanger Fiddle player
"Emi Sakai is one of the most talented musicians we can meet today. Not only musically, but she is also studying music scientifically." by TEDxUtokyo
She got her bachelor degree (Bachelor of Arts) in 2012 from Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in Musicology and also completing master study from the same university. After working a research assistant at Performing Arts Center, currently she works as a teacher in Tokyo University of the arts, also as student assistant in Suzukan Seminar “The Convivium of Arts and Studies” at the University of Tokyo.
She has studied Arabic music theory and rendition style performed with Nidaa Abu Mrad and Mustafa Said in Lebanon. Recently she concentrates on studying traditional Norwegian instrument, Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele) with Knut Hamre et al.
Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan MA (Master of Arts) in Musicology
2012 Apr - to 2015 Mar
Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Musicology
2007 Apr - to 2012 Mar
2012.3 graduation thesis: “The Arabic Tradition and Western Influence in Feiruz’s Modern Songs in 1960’s” (Japanese)
2015.3 master’s thesis: “Sami al-Shawwa and His Contribution to Classical Violin Ideals in the Eastern Arab Region” (Japanese)
Patrick E. Savage, Steven Brown, Emi Sakai, and Thomas E. Currie (2015) "Statistical universals reveal the structures and functions of human music" PNAS 112(29), 8987-8992. (English)
Emi Sakai wrote a paper titled “Establishment of classical instrumental music in the Eastern Arab Region: Sami al-Shawwa and His Contribution” as one of the authors of the book: “Musical Culture in the Middle East”, September 23th, 2016.
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