Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles
March 2nd, 2015
Clive Davis Theater, The Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015


Produced and Performed by Tsunao Yamai

Monday, March 2, 8PM
(Doors open at 7:30PM)

Clive Davis Theater, The Grammy Museum

(800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015) 

Admission: Free 

*No Admission Required after 7:30PM  

RSVP Required: 

e-mail Ms. Etsuko Fukuda at

Seating is limited, and will be on first come first served basis.

   Chosen this year as a "Japan Cultural Envoy" by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government, noh actor Tsunao Yamai is one of Japan's most respected players and leaders of the ancient and profound form of theatrical expression. Noh is a form of classical Japanese musical drama which has been performed since the 14th century and integrates masks, costumes and various props in a dance-based performance, requiring highly trained actors and musicians. 

  A member of the Komparu school of noh, Tsunao is active in bringing the noh tradition to audiences in Japan and abroad. On March 2nd, witness the refined mastery Tsunao brings to the stage in "Be Connected," a program he has produced himself comprised of excerpts from 4 noh plays, and a special collaboration with jazz pianist Kihara Kentaro. 


1. Suutai, "Okina"

2. Maibayashi, "Takasago"

3. Subayashi, "Banshikigaku"

4. Maibayashi, "Hagoromo"

5. Special Collaboration with Kentaro (pianist)

Tsunao Yamai  (Noh Actor, Komparu School) 

He received instruction from the last Komparu Nobutaka (the 79th family head), Komparu Yasuaki (the current and 80th family head), and Tomiyama Noriko. He first appeared on stage at the age of five, under the influence of his grandfather (Umemura Heishiro). At the age of 12, he played as a leading actor (shite) in  Tsunemasa . Ever since, he has been performing in famous plays such as  Midare, Shakkyou, Mochizuki, Dojoji, Okina, Syouzon  and  Ataka .

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