• 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.

  • The current course “Thinking from Kenji Miyazawa” will be open to the public from June 13th.
    If you are interested in attending, please contact Fuji University General Affairs and Administration Department TEL: 0198-23-6221.
    For details of the open class, please click here.

  • Friday, June 3, 11:50 a.m.-
    “Hanako Medley”, arranged and performed for the 90th anniversary of Hanamaki-Kita High School last year will be on air on FM Hanamaki.
    The DJ is Fumiko Misono. Check it out if you are in the area.


  • On June 3, Sumiko will be presenting an improvisation on Virtual Listening Program between 9 and 10 a.m.



    When: June 2-4, 2022

    Where: Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon

    website: 2022 Conference | International Alliance for Women in Music (iawm.org)

    full schedule: https://bit.ly/3Mqsq2d

    Hosted by Oregon State University on their campus between June 2 through 4, 2022, the International Alliance for Women in Music, in association with OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and the Office of Academic Affairs, the conference will be an in-person event with virtual satellite events from across the globe.

    This conference will bring together people (women AND men) who celebrate Women in Music and challenge, and transform our future with cutting-edge music, music technology, and innovative scholarship resulting in increased visibility, opportunities, and connections. We are creating a collective and community-based cultural happening to elevate, celebrate, and situate female and female identified creatives in music with all kinds of experiences, from all different places and music-making spaces.The submissions included those taking risks to chart new ground, unheard voices advocating for sound practitioners and makers; those reimagining equity and inclusion in the world of making music and curation, and those reaching back to advocate for students, friends, colleagues, and the next generation.

    International Alliance For Women in Music: Call & (HER) Response:

    Music in The Time of Change

    June 2-4, 2022

    Oregon State University & Online

  • The teaser for “Hanakou Medley” arranged and performed by Sumiko for the 90th anniversary of Hanamaki Kita HS is now available to listen here. For the full version, check out below↓:


    Hope you enjoy the beautiful landscape of Iwate (Northeast of Japan)!

    Each song (cut out of the Medley) is also available↓:
    Hanakou Anthem: https://youtu.be/STLNGNZZP1k
    Moon Song: https://youtu.be/OJNN92m8Ouk
    Hanakou bushi: https://youtu.be/2T6aIUUScnQ
    Anthem for Hanamaki Kita High School: https://youtu.be/9Ri8T-qGZes