The remarkable Kurahashi Yodo II in a rare New York concert of honkyoku - solo shakuhachi Zen meditation music - plus Okayasu-Ginuta, an Edo-period chamber music gem performed with Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto. Special guest artist Christopher Yohmei Blasdel joins the program for a solo Kinko-school honkyoku and the concert features the premiere of James Nyoraku Schlefer's trio for three shakuhachi, Trois Bambou.
The Cassatt String Quartet with Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto and shamisen, and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. This performance brings Hawaii to NYC with the NY premieres of three sextets that were composed for the KSA/Cassatt performers by University of Hawaii composers Takuma Itoh, Thomas Osborne, and Donald Womack and premiered last April in the Aloha State! Plus the NY premiere of Samuel Adler's "String Quartet No. 10."
The innovative ensemble Classical Jam with Yumi Kurosawa, koto and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi, performing an eclectic array of commissions, improvisations and new music combining koto, shakuhachi, flute, violin, viola, cello and percussion. Featuring the world premieres of KSA commissions by William Healey and
James Nyoraku Schlefer.
Celebrate the Ides of March with the annual return of Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto, shamisen and voice. Kimura's deep devotion to the classical chamber music tradition of the Edo period will be the focus of her performances on both koto and shamisen and feature her remarkable singing. Hikaru Tamaki, cello and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi will join Ms. Kimura for contemporary and traditional music by Japanese and Western composers.
The return of the dynamic Voxare String Quartet with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi and the world premiere of a new Kyo-Shin-An Arts commission – a shakuhachi quintet by Mark Nowakowski.