KAMMERRAKU FROST: Concert for Shakuhachi, Shamisen, and String Quartet
Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Admission: $25/$15 seniors and students
Voxare String Quartet and Yoko Reikano Kimura join shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer for KAMMERRAKU FROST, a dynamic program of contemporary music for shakuhachi, shamisen and string quartet that blends Japanese and Western sounds. The concert features the reprise of two original works from Kyo-Shin-An Arts: The Floating Bridge of Heaven by Donald Womack for shamisen, shakuhachi, and string quartet; and String Journey by James Nyoraku Schlefer for shamisen and string quartet.
Voxare String Quartet – Emily Ondrachek-Peterson and Galina Zhadanova, violins; Erik Peterson, viola; Wendy Law, cello – formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances. As one of the most acclaimed and innovative young string quartets in the United States, Voxare’s performances have included appearances at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.
Shamisen and koto player Yoko Reikano Kimura is an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary music, a frequent collaborator with Western musicians, and a performer of classical Japanese music in the Yamada school style. A resident of the U.S. since 2010, Kimura is a founder of Duo YUMENO, with cellist Hikaru Tamaki, working to commission new music and expand the repertoire for these instruments. The Duo received a Chamber Music America Commissioning Award in 2014 and the Kyoto Aoyama Barock Saal Award in 2015. She has performed throughout the U.S. as well as Asia, Europe, and South America.
In December 2015, Schlefer was recognized by Musical America Worldwide as one of their “30 Top Professionals and Key Influencers” for his work both as a composer and Artistic Director of Kyo-Shin-An Arts. A 2016 and 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award Winner, Kyo-Shin-An Arts is a contemporary music organization dedicated to the integration of the Japanese instruments koto, shakuhachi and shamisen into Western classical composition. Kyo-Shin-An Arts’s award-winning concert series, presented in collaboration with Arts at Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan, features a blend of KSA commissions with World, American and NY premieres, traditional and contemporary music for Japanese instruments and Western repertoire.
If you’re wondering how Schlefer, a Brooklyn native, became a shakuhachi Grand Master, please read his article “How I Got Here (Making New Music with Japanese Instruments),” the first of four articles Schlefer has written for NewMusicBox is a project of NewMusicUSA, an organization that supports and promotes new music created in the U.S.
For more information about KAMMERRAKU FROST and to purchase tickets, please visit the Kyo-Shin-An Arts BrownPaperTickets event page.