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BREATHING PEACE: Music for a More Peaceful World at Tenri Cultural Institute

BREATHING PEACE: Music for a More Peaceful World

Sunday, August 4 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Admission: Free

On Sunday, August 4 sixteen musicians will gather at Tenri Cultural Institute and offer solo and duo performances of classical, jazz, and world music, creating an atmosphere for reflection on peace, tolerance, and compassion. The artists are donating their time and talent to this free concert. However, the audience will be encouraged to volunteer time or donate money to both international and local organizations that promote peace, including the International Peace Institute at the UN, the New York Peace Institute, Peaceful Planet Human Rights Organization, and the ACLU, among others.

Music eases personal anguish in a world burdened with violence and hatred, and is a catalyst for inward reflection and outward action. BREATHING PEACE is music to envision a more peaceful world. Performances include Japanese instruments such as shakuhachi, koto, hichiriki, and kugo.

Presented by Shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer and the Tenri Cultural Institute.


  • Nora Nohraku Suggs – Alto Flute and Shakuhachi (Japanese flute)
  • Charley Gerard and Eva Gerard – Saxophone and Viola
  • Thomas Piercy – Hichiriki (Japanese double reed)
  • Taka Kigawa – Piano
  • Tomoko Sugawara – Kugo (ancient Japanese harp)
  • Douglas J. Cuomo – Guitar
  • Bill Stevens – Trumpet
  • Miyama McQueen-Tokita – Koto (Japanese zither)
  • Lish Lindsey – Flute
  • Hikaru Tamaki – Violincello
  • Kathleen Supové – Piano
  • Steve Gorn – Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute)
  • John Thompson – Guqin (Chinese silk-string zither)
  • Ayako Morino – Piano
  • Aaron Shragge – Shakuhachi

The organizers request that attendees register prior to the event by visiting their Eventbrite page: breathingpeace.eventbrite.com.