Four Seasons in NY: Gems of Japanese Music



Yoko Reikano Kimura, CRS, Mar Creation, koto, shamisen, mochiRin, NYC, Japan, music, concert

Four Seasons in NY: Gems of Japanese Music

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

CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) – 123 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets), 2nd Floor

Admission: $25

CRS and Mar Creation, Inc. continue their seasonal concert series, 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. This series features each season’s representative traditional musical works chosen by Kimura.

For the summer concert Kimura programmed two classical pieces that evoke beautiful sceneries of Sumida River in Edo (Tokyo) and Uji River in Kyoto. Kimura will also perform a solo koto piece, “Omoide – Nostalgia” composed by Kimio Eto, who was an active koto performer in New York during the 1950s and ‘60s. Enjoy the music that evokes the cool breeze by the river.

August’s program:
“Hototogisu – Little Cuckoo” – Yamada-kengyo
“Sarashi” – Fukakusa-kengyo
“Omoide – Nostalgia” – Kimio Eto

The music is paired with the colorful and delicate wagashi, Japanese-style confectionaries, prepared by mochi Rin NYC. 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. As autumn approaches we’ll pick 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).

After the concert, wagashi specialist mochi Rin will serve a handmade Japanese confectionary. The bite-sized mochi dessert is made with organic bean paste and locally produced seasonal fruits and flowers and is included in the price of admission.

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