MEG FAGAN, Producer

Next in New York - Kammerrakku Annivversary II

Join us as Kyo-Shin-An Arts continues its 11th season of chamber concerts combining Japanese and Western instruments with Kammerraku Anniversary II.

Two iconic ensembles from the courts of Europe and Japan meet in the ultimate blend of Japanese and Western music. Featuring the Arianna String Quartet, Yoko Reikano Kimura, Sumie Kaneko, and James Nyoraku Schlefer. World premiere septets by Yoko Sato and James Matheson. 

Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 4:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13 Street, Manhattan

TICKETS: musae.me
$25 advance | $30 door
$10 off for students, seniors; under 12 free.
Limited space — advance purchase recommended

String Quartet (Ramagala) by Reena Esmail 
Spring Butterfly by Yoko Sato (septet) - world premiere KSA commission
Kammerraku Dances by James Matheson (septet) - world premiere KSA commission with the support of the NYSCA Indiviual Artists Program
Tango Ballet by Astor Piazzolla (string quartet)

Now in their 28th Season, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality” (Chicago Tribune) and “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News, South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have been the full-time string faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2020, where they teach applied violin, viola, and cello, and coach student chamber music ensembles.  \Last season included performances in Mexico at the Festival Internacional de Musica Naolinco, as well as returns to the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival and Credo Music Festival, the completion of their recordings of the complete quartets of Beethoven for Centaur Records, and concerts throughout the United States. The ASQ also always looks forward to the continuation of their two summer festivals in St. Louis, the Arianna Chamber Music Festival and the UMSL String Orchestra Camp. www.ariannaquartet.com
SUMIE KANEKO, koto, began studying the koto when she was at five, and the following year performed her first broadcast for NHK. In 1995, Sumie won the Takasaki International Competition for koto performance. She studied Japanese traditional music for koto and shamisen at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music then studied Jazz vocal at Berklee College of Music in 2006. Performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, TED talk, Getty Center, Boston Ballet, Silk Road Project, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has also given workshops at Harvard and Princeton Universities, Wellesley College, Berklee College of Music and others. In 2014, her jazz fusion project, J-Trad and More, was invited to the Washington, DC Jazz Festival, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Japan. Sumie was the shamisen player for Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning work "The Long Christmas Ride Home", and she has collaborated with many world instrumentalists including Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe, On Ensemble and Yumiko Tanaka, as well as painters, dancers and calligraphers. She has toured in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Jamaica (by Japan Foundation NY), Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and throughout the United States. www.sumiekanekomusic.com
YOKO REIKANO KIMURA, shamisen, is an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary music, a frequent collaborator with Western musicians and a performer of classical Japanese music in the Yamada school style. A resident of the US since 2010, Yoko is a founder of Duo YUMENO, with cellist Hikaru Tamaki, working to commission new music and expand the repertoire for these instruments. The Duo received a Chamber Music America Commissioning Award in 2014 and the Kyoto Aoyama Barock Saal Award in 2015. As a soloist, Yoko performed Kin'ichi Nakanoshima’s Shamisen Concerto at the National Olympic Memorial Center in 2004 and Daron Hagen’s Koto Concerto: Genji with the Euclid Quartet, Ciompi Quartet, Freimann Quartet and the Prairie Ensemble Orchestra in 2013. In 2014, she premiered Kaito Nakahori’s Japanese Footbridge for koto and chamber ensemble at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and in 2015, James Nyoraku Schlefer’s Concertante at the Round Top Music Festival. Yoko performs frequently with Kyo-Shin-An Arts and has worked with Heiner Goebbels, the Wien Solisten Trio, and Kenny Endo, among others. University performances have included Harvard, Texas A&M, New England Conservatory, and City University of New York. In addition Yoko has toured in Poland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Korea, China, Israel, Qatar, Italy, Turkey and multiple countries in South America. www.yokoreikanokimura.com

JAMES NYORAKU SCHLEFER, SHAKUHACHI, is a Grand Master of the shakuhachi and one of only a handful of non-Japanese artists to have achieved this rank. He received the Dai-Shi-Han (Grand Master) certificate in 2001, and his second Shi-Han certificate in 2008, from the Mujuan Dojo in Kyoto. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood and BAM, as well as multiple venues across the country and in Japan, Indonesia, Brazil and Europe. Schlefer first encountered the shakuhachi in 1979, while working towards a career as a flute player and pursuing an advanced degree in musicology. Today he is considered by his colleagues to be one of most influential Western practitioners of this distinctive art form. Known to his students as Nyoraku sensei, Schlefer established his own dojo in NYC in 1996. He also teaches shakuhachi at Columbia University, a broad spectrum of Western and World music courses at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), and performs and lectures at colleges and universities throughout the United States. As a composer, Schlefer has written multiple chamber and orchestral works combining Japanese and Western instruments as well as numerous pieces solely for traditional Japanese instruments. In December 2015, he was recognized by Musical America Worldwide as one of their “30 Top Professionals and Key Influencers” for his work both as a composer and Artistic Director of Kyo-Shin-An Arts. His writings about the shakuhachi and his career were published in 2018 on NewMusicBox and he was profiled by the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Arts Works Blog” in May 2016. His programming for Kyo-Shin-An Arts has also been recognized with two CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming (2013 and 2016). His orchestral music can be heard on the recording Spring Sounds Spring Season MSR Classics. www.nyoraku.com


Kyo-Shin-An Arts' is a contemporary music organization with a mission to commission music and present concerts that bring Japanese instruments – specifically koto, shakuhachi and shamisen – to Western classical music. A 2016 and 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award winner (small presenter, mixed repertory), Kyo-Shin-An Arts will be presenting its 10h chamber music season at the Tenri Cultural Institute. KSA works in partnership with established ensembles and Western soloists, bridging two cultures by introducing composers and players alike to the range and virtuosity of Japanese instruments and the musicians who play them. The resulting music provides audiences with a unique introduction to traditional Japanese music within a familiar context and fabulous contemporary music. Concerts feature a blend of KSA commissions with World, American and NY premieres, traditional and contemporary music for Japanese instruments and Western repertoire. Current ensemble partners include the Cassatt and Voxare String Quartets in NYC, the Arianna and Ciompi in MO and NC, Ensemble Epomeo, Sybarite5, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan in the UK. Players of Japanese instruments include Christopher Yohmei Blaisdel, Masayo Ishigure, Yoko Reikano Kimura, Nami Kineie, Yumi Kurosawa, Riley Lee, John Kaizan Neptune, Yoko Nishi, Akihito Obama and James Nyoraku Schlefer.  Commissioned composers to date include Victoria Bond, Chad Cannon, Ciara Cornelius, Douglas j Cuomo, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Daron Hagen, Matthew Harris, William Healy, Kento Iwasaki, Mari Kimura, Angel Lam, Daniel Levitan, Gilda Lyons, James Matheson, Paul Moravec, Mark Nowakowski, Yoko Sato, Somei Satoh, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Benjamin Verdery, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Randall Woolf, among others. www.kyoshinan.org
ARTS AT TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE AND KYO-SHIN-AN ARTS PRESENT. The excellent acoustics and intimate gallery setting of the Tenri Cultural Institute create a superb setting for listening to chamber music and offer audiences the rare opportunity to hear both traditional and contemporary music from two cultures in a setting similar to the music rooms of the courts and castles of both Europe and Japan. Over 300 years of chamber music tradition are presented throughout this series. Performances feature piano trios and string quartets from the great composers of Europe, music from Japan’s Edo period written for shamisen, koto and shakuhachi and contemporary music combining Western and Japanese instruments. http://artsat.tenri.org/

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