MEG FAGAN, Producer

Next in New York


Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Tenri Cultural Institute

43A West 13 Street, Manhattan 

TICKETS: $25 general audiences and $15 students and seniors. In advance at brownpapertickets.com.

Kyo-Shin-An Arts begins its 10th Anniversary Season with CELLO-HACHI.

Internationally acclaimed cellist Kenneth Woods and shakuhachi Grand Masters James Nyoraku Schlefer and Riley Lee in a program of spellbinding duos and solos for cello and shakuhachi. It will feature New York, American and World premieres by Michio Mamiya, Sophie Pope, Chikuho Sakai and James Nyoraku Schlefer (world premiere), plus solo works for both instruments.


Kio by Michio Mamiya – Duo, NY Premiere

Mushi Kuyo (Insect Funeral) by Chikuho Sakai – Duo, NY Premiere

Bailey Island by Sophie Pope – Duo, American Premiere

Curbside Shuffle by James Nyoraku Schlefer – World Premiere KSA Commission

San’ya – Traditional shakuhachi solo (performed on an extra-long, 3.6 shakuhachi)

Solo Cello Work TBD

Kenneth Woods, Cello, is an internationally acclaimed American cellist and conductor currently living in Wales. He has performed extensively as a chamber musician for almost three decades and as an orchestral soloist with ensembles including the Aspen Music Festival, the Grande Ronde Symphony, Cambridge Symphony,  Gonzaga Symphony, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Blue Mountain Festival Chamber Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, and the Madison Philomusica. He has been heard in radio broadcasts on NPR and the CBC, and recorded for Vienna Modern Masters. Woods is the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and the Elgar Festival in Worcester. As a guest artist, Woods has conducted ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal  Northern Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra, and has made numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Woods plays a cello of Italian origin believed to be made by Mariani in the mid-1600's. http://kennethwoods.net


October 28, 2018 at 4PM: Crimson Leaves, Neave Trio: Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; and Eri Nakamura, piano; with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. This highly international program features works for shakuhachi and piano trio by the Iranian composer Amir Eslami and the Hong-Kong based Adrian Hon Chung Lam plus a piano trio by Astor Piazzolla.

February 10, 2019 at 4PM: Snowdrop Moment, Tomoko Sugawara, Harp and Kugo (Japanese Harp) and James Nyoraku Schlefer. Contemporary and traditional duos for harp and shakuhachi by Robert Lombardo, Anne Boyd, Yao Heng-lu, Kikuko Matsumoto (world premiere) and others.

March 10, 2019 at 4PM: Spring Green, Hub New Music: Michael Avitabile, flute; David Dziardziel, clarinet; Zenas Hsu, violin; Jesse Christesen, cello; and James Nyoraku Schefer, shakuhachi. This exciting, young quartet brings their own commissions with shakuhachi to KSA. Quintets by Chad Cannon, Takuma Itoh, Kojiro Umezaki plus quartets by Anna Clyne, Angelica Negron and Judd Greenstein.

April 14, 2019 at 4PM: Kammerraku Anniversary, Cassatt String Quartet: Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Elizabeth Anderson, cello; with Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen and voice; Sumie Kaneko, koto and voice; and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. The first of the 10th Anniversary septet concerts. World premieres by Schlefer and Daron Hagen, plus the Ravel quartet.

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