Ensemble East with
PEARSONWIDRIG DANCE THEATER
Ensemble East Japanese instrument trio, will perform music of James Nyoraku Schlefer, Toshio Funakawa, and Akira Nishimura. The highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of "OASHISU (OASIS)" with the PEARSONWIDRIG DANCE THEATER. The 25 minute work is for five dancers and four musicians with a new score by James Nyoraku Schlefer for shakuhachi, koto, cello and percussion.
Yoko Nishi, koto
Based in Tokyo but travelling the world with her koto, Nishi Yoko will give a rare solo performance in New York performing classic by Yatsuhashi Kengyo and Michiyo Miyagi, modern works by Tadao Sawai and Yugi Takashi plus her own origin al compositions.
Borromeo String Quartet
Adam Baer of the New York Sun, said that "This group's intimate Tenri concerts have become one of New York's best kept musical secrets" and indeed it is the Borromeo's favorite performance space in Manhattan because of its intimacy, informality, and audience vibe.
Yumi Kurosawa, Koto
World Premiere of Daron Hagen's "Koto Concerto," plus music of Jennifer Higdon, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and Yumi Kurosawa.
The LARK Quarte+ continues to delight audiences with its energy, passionate commitment and imaginative artistry. The members, all soloists in their own right, have come together to form a "polished and warmly communicative ensemble," that delivers "a performance of grace, proportion and burnished brilliance," - Washington Post. Performing with a unique blend of excitement, individuality, and an unusually sonorous quartet sound, the LARK has won the acclaim of critics and audiences alike. Deborah Buck, Violin
Basia Danilow, Violin
Caroline Stinson, Cello
` Yumi Kurosawa is an innovative musician, born and raised in Japan, began studying the 13-strings Koto at the age of three under her parents, Kazuo and Chikako Kurosawa and began studying 20-strings Koto under Nanae Yoshimura at the age of fifteen. As well as extensive performance in Japan, she has toured in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia and the United States. In 2002, she moved to New York in pursuit of collaboration with various genres of musicians and artists, and has appeared on many well known venues such as Apollo Sound Stage, Joe's pub, WNYC radio and held her concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie. Yumi released her original CD album, "Beginning of a Journey" in 2009. She has been working on her project In Between Traditional & Contemporary by Koto. Member of Hougakuten Concert, Tokyo, Master qualification from Seiha School (style).
Albert Lotto, Pianist
Borromeo String Quartet
Adam Baer of the New York Sun, said that "This group's intimate
Tenri concerts have become one of New York's best kept musical secrets"
and indeed it is the Borromeo's favorite performance space in Manhattan
because of its intimacy, informality, and audience vibe.
Shakuhachi Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the longest days of the year with the ancient sounds of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. Enjoy solo traditional Zen Buddhist music, and music for shakuhachi chorus as bamboo players surround the audience in glorious harmony. James Nyoraku Schlefer and friends connect the sounds of the earth with the permanence of the heavens.
Traditional solo pieces from the centuries old Zen Buddhist repertoire will be performed as well as modern music for shakuhachi choir. The concert showcases Grand Master Riley Lee, from Australia, in a rare New York appearance. There will also be original music by James Nyoraku Schlefer, including a world premiere and works for the ensemble of eight shakuhachi players.
This performance celebrates the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and the music allows for personal reflection, meditation and inspiration. In the mid-1990's James Nyoraku Schlefer led an annual series of highly successful Winter Solstice concerts at St. Mark's church, and this performance continues that tradition with the wonderful acoustics and intimacy of the Tenri Cultural Institute.