Shakuhachi virtuoso Akihito Obama with guests Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto andshamisen; James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi and Hikaru Tamaki, cello. Traditional and contemporary music for solo shakuhachi plus two KSA commissions/World premieres: A shakuhachi duo by Kento Iwasaki and a trio for shakuhachi, koto and cello by Angel Lam.
Pro Musica Nipponia and The New York Intercultural Music Society performing an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music on Japanese, Chinese and Western instruments. Featuring Hiromu Motonaga, shakuhachi and fue; Hiroshi Hozumi, shamisen and Keiko Hisamoto, koto and members of the NYISM.
Following last season's sold-out performance, the innovative ensemble Classical Jam returns, with Sumie Kaneko, shamisen, and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. The concert features an eclectic array of commissions, improvisations and new music combining shamisen, shakuhachi, flute, violin, cello, piano and percussion. World premieres of Jamu II by James Nyoraku Schlefer and Chasing Time by Calvin Solomon.
The Arianna String Quartet with Yumi Kurosawa, koto; Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen;and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. Featuring the traditional Japanese trio Yasha Mai, a string quartet, and the of Dream Crepriseorner, a haunting septet and love story for sankyoku trio and string quartet by James Nyoraku Schlefer.
Mother's Day Fermata
The return of the international string trio Ensemble Epomeo (Diane Pascal, violin; David Yang, viola; and Kenneth Woods, cello) with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi and Dan Lippel, electric guitar. Featuring two Kyo-Shin-An Arts commissions – a shakuhachi quartet by Matthew Harris and "2Blue" for shakuhachi and viola by James Nyoraku Schlefer; plus the NY premieres of " demonstrations" for electric guitar quartet by Kenneth Woods and "The Gift to Urashima Taro" for shakuhachi and string trio by Jay Reise; and a string trio by Leo Weiner.