Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, Director of Summer SchoolJoseph Gashō Amato received his Ph.D. in composition in 1998 from New York University with primary studies in Italian contemporary music. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Bunka-chō Japanese Government Artists Fellowship to pursue formal study of Japanese music history and Japanese traditional musical instruments at Seiha Hōgaku-kai. Since then, he continued studies receiving his teaching license (junshihan) and his professional name Gashō in 2003.
Currently, he is founder and director of the International Center for Japanese Culture since its inception in 2011. Before ICJC, Dr. Amato founded the Yokohama International School Japanese music program in 2003 and served as its director until 2011.
Pursuing his work on sharing Japanese traditional music and culture on the international level, in 2017 Dr. Amato founded and serves as President of Japanese Culture Promotion and Management an NPO dedicated to supporting Japanese traditional arts and culture. He is founder and coordinator of the Morikami Museum Japanese traditional music program located in Delray Beach, Florida, USA. In addition, he continues as director of the Seiha Hōgaku-kai International Summer School which he established in 2016.
Teaching positions and special lecturer posts have been held at Robert Stockton College of NJ, Fukuoka International School, Heidelberg College, Seiha Hōgaku Gakuin and Yokohama National University.
Dr. Minako Waseda, Assistant Director of Summer SchoolMinako Waseda received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001, and currently teaches at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kunitachi College of Music, Keio University and Waseda University. Her major field of study is Japanese-American musical culture and related musical fields in Japan.
Waseda’s publications include “Music in Japanese American Concentration Camps: The Film Hidden Legacy and its Impacts on Collective Memory,” Témoigner 124 (2017), Article Link, Minzoku ongaku 12 no shiten (12 Perspectives on Ethnomusicology, co-author, 2016), Happyōkai bunkaron (Amateur Stage Performance Culture, co-author, 2015), “Gospel Music in Japan: Transplantation and Localization of African American Religious Singing,” Yearbook for Traditional Music 45 (2013), and Minyō kara mita sekai ongaku (Folk Song as World Music, co-author, 2011).