Shoko Nakagawa (中川 翔子, born May 5, 1985 in Tokyo) is a Japanese tarento (media personality), actress, voice actress, illustrator, and singer. Also known by her nickname Shokotan (しょこたん), she is best known as the presenter of Pokémon Sunday.
Anders Jormin’s new Swedish-Japanese project returns the highly distinctive voice of Lena Willemark to ECM – it’s her first appearance on the label in more than a decade - and introduces koto player Karin Nakagawa. In this trio music the Japanese classical tradition and the stark, archaic sounds of the koto, allied to Jormin’s powerful and subtle bass playing, form a unique context for Lena’s sung poems, delivered in her native Älvdals-dialect. Traditions and non-idiomatic improvising are cross-referenced and new paths opened up in these compositions.
Japanese flutist Nakagawa bridges the gap between classical and jazz while capturing the essence of both with incredible finesse and spontaneity. Nakagawa has performed with the likes of Keith Jarrett, Steve Gadd and Yo-Yo Ma.