• 2023 Art and Culture Lectures@Morioka Ueda Community Center
    (Sumiko will be the lecturer for the Session 2 and 3.)

    Music of “Joy and Sorrow”
    Date: Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, 2023
    Venue: Ueda Community Center, Morioka
    Session 1: Music of Joy and Sorrow as Heard by Araebisu” (SP record appreciation and lecture)
    Lecturer: Masashi Iwasaki, Director of Nomura Kodo & Araebisu Memorial Museum
    Session 2 (January 21) “Why are we sad? Why are our hearts so excited (lecture and performance) Lecturer: Shumiko Sato
    Session 3 (January 28) “Techniques of Composition and Arrangement, Expressions of Joy and Expressions of Sadness (lecture and performance)”
    Lecturer: Shumiko Sato

    Contact: 019-654-2333 Attn: Hiroshi Miyoshi, Mitsuru Sasaki

  • Thank you for coming to the Christmas Concert 2022.

  • December 25 (Sun.) 2:00 p.m.~, 7:00 p.m.~
    Admission Free(Minimum one drink purchase per person required.)
    Performed by:Sumiko Sato (Piano)
    Christmas Music, classical, jazz, original compositions and arrangements.

  • House concert

    Saturday, November 5

    at 53 Pleasant View Drive, Winthrop

    Hospitality will begin at 5 p.m., with the music to follow.

    Suggested donation: $25/person

  • Special performance by Composers & Improvisers coming up this week.
    If you happen to be in the Seattle area, come see us and listen to diverse contemporary music and improvisations.
    It will be a fun, exciting night for sure!

    Jack Straw Cultural Center’s 60th Anniversary Reunion Thursday, November 3, 7pm

    Suggested donation: $5-$15

    Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center

    4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th floor, Seattle, WA

    Join us for a special evening of performance featuring members of the Composers & Improvisers Workshop.
    The group, which was open to participation to anyone interested in developing their skills and collaborating with other musicians, presented regularly at Jack Straw in the late 1990s.
    Workshop alumni Lynette Westendorf, Sumiko Sato, Jim Knodle, Kenny Mandell, Don Berman, Steve Griggs, Charles Hiestand, Casey James, Elizabeth Strauss, and others will perform newly composed works and improvisations in a variety of combinations.

    Leanna Keith (flute), Steve Griggs (Soprano Saxophone), Casey James (Alto Saxophone), Charles Hiestand (Bass Guitar), Don Berman (Drums),will perform “Sotoyama Trail” by Sumiko and with herself (piano).




  • Kenjisai or Kenji Miyazawa Memorial after three-year hiatus.
    Sumiko will accompany the chorus for the songs written by Kenji.

  • On 10/30, Sumiko Sato will make a special appearance in a jazz concert by Masatoshi Nakano.
    Please check the Schedule page for details.
    (click to enlarge)

  • Maki Munehisa, a singer based in Sendai and active in various places, featured my songs,
    “Sotoyama Trail” and “Taneyama Fantasy” on her radio show, “Maki Munehisa’s Amore Cantare” to be aired on August 27 and 29.)

  • My piece, “Gentle Volcanic Rock” is now available on YouTube.
    This was written, based on Kenji Miyazawa’s children’s story of the same title.

    It is also on the “Works” page.

  • On April 29 and June 3, Sumiko Sato’s performance was broadcast on FM Hanamaki’s “Iwa Iwa! Marble Music” on April 29 and June 3.
    The broadcast was introduced on the official website. Please take a look.