MEG FAGAN, Producer


TRIOS EAST AND WEST, opening the new season with a fabulous, two-day mini-festival featuring instruments from two classic trios - Japanese sankyok? ensemble and Western string trio.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM

EAST: Yoko Reikano Kimura and Sumie Kaneko - koto and shamisen, James Nyoraku Schlefer - shakuhachi
WEST: Trifecta Trio (Sarah Whitney - violin, Angela Pickett - viola, Laura Metcalf – cello), Guest Artist Program 2: John King – composer and viola

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13 Street, Manhattan


2 DAY PACKAGE $40 advance|$50 door, $10 off for students, seniors
SINGLE TICKETS $25 advance|$30 door, $10 off for students, seniors; kids under 12 free.
Limited space — advance purchase recommended Musae.me

PROGRAM 1 – Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30PM

Celestial Dreams a new KSA commission by Matthew Shorten (koto, shakuhachi and string trio)
Interludes by Matthew Harris (shakuhachi and string trio)
Full Out Stillness by James Nyoraku Schlefer (koto, shakuhachi and cello)
Serenade in C major, Op. 10 by Ern? Dohnányi (string trio)

PROGRAM 2 – Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00PM

Circles of Light by Thomas Osborne (koto, shakuhachi, and cello)
No Fear (Of Silence) by Douglas Cuomo (shakuhachi and cello)
We Shall (Surely) Meet Again by James Nyoraku Schlefer (koto, shamisen and shakuhachi)
Three Flame Love by John King (koto, viola and shakuhachi)
Yachio Jishi – traditional sankyoku (koto, shamisen and shakuhachi)


TRIFECTA TRIO is a dynamic new string trio with three of New York City's most accomplished and versatile chamber musicians. Trifecta's debut season included appearances across the US and Canada, working with organizations such as the ChatterABQ series in New Mexico and the IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee. Violinist Sarah Whitney, praised by the Washington Post for her " marvelous violin acrobatics," is equally expert at playing classical concerti as she is improvising jazz and rock solos on the violin, and is the founder and artistic director of the innovative concert series Beyond the Notes. Violist Angela Pickett, who holds a Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, is not only an accomplished violist, winning several awards in her native Canada including a career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, but is also a distinguished fiddler, appearing onstage on Broadway in the shows "Come From Away" and "Bright Star." Cellist Laura Metcalf, lauded by Gramophone magazine for her "brilliant" playing and "gloriously warm and rich tone," has seen her two most recent album releases both reach the top ten of the Billboard Classical Charts, and has been invited to tour internationally to countries such as Australia, Qatar, Nepal, Mongolia, Malaysia, India and many others. All three players are also members of the acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, the first ensemble of its kind ever to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. With the quintet, they have performed hundreds of concerts worldwide, including over 40 US states, Argentina, Canada and Japan.

SUMIE KANEKO, koto, samisen and voice, 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, koto, 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

JOHN KING, composer, guitarist and violist, has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet; the Belgrade Philharmonic (co-commission with Aleksandra Vrebalov), Ethel; the Albany Symphony, Bang On A Can All-Stars; Mannheim Ballet; New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo; and the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His string quartets have been performed by the Eclipse Quartet (LA) and the Mondriaan Quartet (Amsterdam), and the Secret Quartet (NY) at The Stone, The Kitchen, Lincoln Center Festival, and Roulette. King has written 7 operas: ping and WHAT IS THE WORD, with texts by Samuel Beckett, premiered at the Experiments in Opera Festival, spring 2014 and the Avant Music Festival, February 2016; impropera, which used randomly selected text msg’s from the singers’ cell phones; SapphOpera, a chamber opera with text-fragments by Sappho translated by Anne Carson; herzstück/heartpiece, based on the text of Heiner Müller, premiered at the 1999 Warsaw Autumn Festival and presented at the Kitchen NYC in 2000; la belle captive based on texts by Alain Robbe-Grillet, premiered at Teatro Colon/CETC in Buenos Aires in 2003, and toured to London’s ICA (Fronteras Festival) in 2004 and The Kitchen in 2005; and also his most recent opera, Dice Thrown, based on the Stéphane Mallarmé poem, an excerpt of which was performed by New York City Opera as part of its VOX series in May 2008. The complete staged version was presented at CalArts April 23-24, 2010. King has written songs and incidental music for five plays (The Tempest, Faust, The Trial, Steppenwolf and Wings of Desire) at the Ludwigburg TheaterSommer directed by Peter Kratz. He has been commissioned numerous times by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and collaborated with them on their “Black Mountain Songs” project, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Nov. 20, 2014 and went on to tour in Europe. King was Music Curator at The Kitchen from 1999-2003 and from 2002-2011 was a co-director of the Music Committee at MCDC. He received the 2014 Award for Sound/Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and is also the recipient of the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation/Bellagio Center Fellow in March 2016, as well as in residence at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy in July 2015. www.johnkingmusic.com


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