Four Seasons in New York: Gems of Japanese Music Vol. 3



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Four Seasons in New York: Gems of Japanese Music Vol. 3

Saturday, April 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) – 123 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)

Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

CRS & Mar Creation, Inc. present the third in a seasonal series of music concerts called Four Seasons in New York — Gems of Japanese Music. Discover traditional Japanese music by acclaimed koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura, whose wide-ranging repertoire features classical music and improvisational pieces.

After many centuries, the brilliance of traditional Japanese music is still being passed on to the present day. Experience the sounds of koto and shamisen and enjoy the taste of the four seasons here in New York. This concert series features each season’s representative traditional works chosen by Kimura.

Concert Program

  • Miyako no Haru (“Springtime in Kyoto”) composed by Shoin Yamase Ⅲ (shamisen)
  • Kagerou no Odori (“Mirage Dance”) composed by Kin’ichi Nakanoshima (koto)
  • Sakura-gari (Cherry Blossom Viewing) composed by Yamada-kengyo (koto)

Each season is expressed through ingredients. Spring traditionally begins with sakura (cherry blossoms), broccoli rabe, strawberries and raspberries, followed by elderflower, rose, edamame, and sansho (Japanese pepper) in summer. Autumn approaches with chrysanthemum, apples, grapes, chestnuts and hazelnuts, and yuzu and kumquats in winter. Even within one season, the taste and the form change gradually from hashiri (first harvest or catch of the season) through nagori (the final traces).

The colorful and delicate Japanese style confectionaries served by mochi Rin will be sweets for the spring, most celebrated for the brief appearance of beautiful cherry blossoms. mochi Rin creates bite-sized mochi desserts made by infusing New York’s locally sourced ingredients into Japan’s popular organic bean paste. Their new type of mochi mixes seasonal fruits and flowers from New York into Japanese traditional desserts such as daifuku and sakura-mochi.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance at CRS’s website, by phone 212-677-8621, or in person at CRS.