The dynamic Voxare String Quartet returns to the Kyo-Shin-An/Tenri concert series for a program that pairs the sounds of Japan with string quartet. A new, commissioned quintet by Chad Cannon for koto and string quartet, Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth's haunting "Light Rain" for shakuhachi and quartet, and James Nyoraku Schlefer's "Moonwalking" for koto and shakuhachi, will be followed by two works for String Quartet by Theodore Wiprud and Mark Nowakowski.
MOONWALKING - James Nyoraku Schlefer
LIGHT RAIN - Lachlan Skipworth
QUINTET - Chad Cannon*
* A Kyo-Shin-An Arts commission
REFINING FIRE - Theodore Wiprud
QUARTET NO. 1 - Mark Nowakowski
Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin
Galina Zhdanova, violin
Erik Peterson, viola
Adrian Daurov, cello
"precision and passion." – THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The gifted Voxare String Quartet" (The New York Times) formed in 2008 and has received extensive critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, and passionate performances. Voxare is a frequent performer at Bargemusic, has been featured live on WNYC's Soundcheck and broadcast on WQXR. Voxare's unique performing activities earned the quartet Chamber Music America's 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Voxare has studied with the Juilliard String Quartet at its String Quartet Seminar and with the Kronos Quartet through Carnegie Hall. In 2010, Voxare was Quartet-in-Residence at the International Computer Music Conference. Their debut recording project, for the Naxos label, will feature works of Daron Hagen.
Yumi Kurosawa was born and raised in Japan, and began studying the 13-stringed-Koto at the age of three with her parents, Kazuo and Chikako Kurosawa. At the age of 15, she began studying the 20-stringed-Koto with Nanae Yoshimura. Ms. Kurosawa received first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992, and a scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. In addition to the koto, Ms. Kurosawa also studied computer music while attending Keio University. A member of Hougakuten Concert, Tokyo, her Master qualification is Seiha School (style).In addition to her extensive performances in Japan, including appearances at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and on NHK Broadcast TV, Ms. Kurosawa has toured in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, and the US. She moved to New York in 2002, in pursuit of new, innovative collaborations. Over the last decade she has worked with many composers and written her own music, including computer sounds. She has appeared at a wide variety of NYC venues and artistic settings including the Apollo Sound Stage, Joe’s Pub, the Japan Society, Roulette, The Juilliard School, WNYC Radio, and Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Kurosawa also continues to perform in Japan and her first CD, "Beginning of a Journey", which features many of her own compositions, was released in 2009.
James Nyoraku Schlefer, is a Grand Master of the shakuhachi, and one of only a handful of non-Japanese artists to have achieved this rank. Mr. Schlefer received the Dai-Shi-Han (Grand Master) certificate in 2001, and his second Shi-Han certificate in 2008 from Mujuan Dojo, in Kyoto. In Japan, Schlefer has worked with Reibo Aoki, Katsuya Yokoyama, Yoshio Kurahashi, Yoshinobu Taniguchi, and Kifu Mitsuhashi.
Mr. Schlefer 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. As a composer, he has written multiple chamber and orchestral works combining Japanese and Western instruments as well as numerous pieces solely for traditional Japanese instruments. Mr. Schlefer is the Artistic Director of Kyo-Shin-An Arts, and the curator for the Japanese music series at the Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC. He teaches shakuhachi at Columbia University, a broad spectrum of Western and World music courses at New York City Technical College (CUNY), and performs and lectures at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Mr. Schlefer has four solo recordings, Wind Heart (which travelled 120,000,000 miles aboard the Space Station MIR) Solstice Spirit (1998), Flare Up (2002), and In the Moment (2008).