Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4:00 PM


A program of contemporary music for shakuhachi with piano trio and soprano! Jennifer Aylmer, soprano - James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi Kathleen Supové, piano - Jennifer Choi, violin - Wendy Law, cello. Featuring Three World premiere commissions from Kyo-Shin-An Arts. Spell No. 8 by Aleksandra Vrebalov (piano trio. shakuhachi and soprano) Silhouette by Douglas J. Cuomo (cello and shakuhachi) Generations by Ciara Cornelius (soprano, shakuhachi and cello) Plus the reprise of Randall Woolf's Hollow (piano trio and shakuhachi), and songs for piano and soprano by Michael Torke, Paul Moravec and Ricky Ian Gordon.




Sunday, February 25, 2018, 4:00 PM


Elegant music for string quartet with shamisen and shakuhachi.
The Voxare String Quartet with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi and Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen performing "String Journey" for shamisen and quartet by Schlefer and "Floating Bridge of Heaven" for shakuhachi, shamisen and quartet by Donald Womack. Plus string quartets TBD.





Saturday March 3, 2018, 6:00 pm


Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer will perform contemporary and traditional Zen music for solo shakuhachi and deconstruct the techniques, sounds, breathing, and other characteristics that make Shakuhachi music so special. Discover the beauty in the bamboo

General: $10


Sunday, April 15, 2018, 4:00 PM


Cherry Blossoms have never been so much fun!

Cherry Blossoms have never been so much fun! Presented in collaboration with Cutting Edge Concerts, this concert features the amazing string quintet Sybarite5 and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi, performing Paul Moravec's "Shakuhachi Concerto" and the premiere of "The Troglodyte", a new sextet by Schlefer. The program will also feature "The Voice of Water" a new string quintet by Victoria Bond and surprise repertoire from Sybarite5 - they announce their programs from the stage. Cutting Edge will repeat the program on Monday, August 16 at Symphony Space.






Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:00 PM


Taka Kigawa, piano, Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen and koto, James Nyoraku Schefer, shakuhachi.

Celebrate the season with the melodic and percussive beauty of music for piano and Japanese instruments. Featuring duos by Mari Kimura, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Katsutoshi Nagasawa and Yumi Hara Cawkwell, plus a Kyo-Shin-An Arts commission from Douglas J. Cuomo for piano, shamisen and shakuhachi.