"Kammerraku Snow" at Tenri Cultural Institute



koto, shakuhachi, string quartet, chamber music, Tenri Cultural Institute, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Yoko Reikano Kimura, Cassatt String Quartet, NYC, Japan
Cassatt Photo: Anna Ablogina

Kammerraku Snow

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00 PM

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

Admission: $25/$15 seniors and students

Kyo-Shin-An Arts presents Kammerraku Snow, a program featuring the music of the Cassatt String Quartet along with Yoko Reikano Kimura on koto and shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer.

There will be three commissioned sextets for string quartet, koto and shakuhachi: Between the Leaves, a world premiere by Tokyo-based composer Yoko Sato, and the reprise of both Somei Satoh’s ethereal Kyoshin and James Nyoraku Schlefer’s Haru no Umi Redux – an arrangement of Michiyo Miyagi’s famous work for shakuhachi and koto, a version with interwoven string music that embodies the title “The Sea in Spring.” Tina Davidson’s Render and Sebastian Currier’s Lullaby No. 3, Resolving are two world premiere string quartets commissioned by the Cassatt Quartet, whose members are Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; and Elizabeth Anderson, cello.


  • Between the Leaves by Yoko Sato (World premiere KSA commission)
  • Kyoshin by Somei Satoh (2012 KSA commission)
  • Haru no Umi Redux by James Nyoraku Schlefer (2012 KSA commission)
  • Render by Tina Davidson (World premiere, commissioned by Susan Grant and Lawrence Maisel for the Cassatt Quartet)
  • Lullaby No. 3, Resolving by Sebastian Currier (World premiere Cassatt commission)

For more information about the Kammerraku series, please visit Kyo-Shin-Arts’s website. To purchase tickets, please visit the event’s Brown Paper Tickets page.

 Upcoming Programs during the Kyo-Shin-An Arts 2016-17 Season:

  • April 23, 2017: “Kammerraku Moment”
    Duke University’s Ciompi Quartet with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. Featuring the reprise of commissioned quintets by Charles Porter – “Moon Sky” (2010) and Mark Nowakowski – “The 26” (2015), plus the Beethoven Quartet No. 14, op 131.
  • May 21, 2017: “Sakura Tea”
    A program of traditional and contemporary music for Japanese instruments and cello featuring Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto and shamisen; Sumie Kaneko, koto and shamisen; James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi; and Hikaru Tamaki, cello. Including Daron Hagen’s “Misterioso” for koto and cello.

One thought on “"Kammerraku Snow" at Tenri Cultural Institute

  1. This particular program is really going to be special. Both the two commissioned pieces for shakuhachi, koto and string quartet are fantastic. Yoko Sato and Somei Satoh have each combined the two Japanese instruments with the string quartet in a truly effective and beautiful way. The ensemble has been able to perform some of the program out of town so we are really tight. I am really excited about this one.