Koto, Shamisen, and Wagashi at CRS Concert



Yoko Reikano Kimura, CRS, Marc Creation, NYC, Japan, Japanese traditional music, koto, shamisen, wagashi, seasons, mochiRin, concert

Japanese Music Concert with Seasonal Sweets

Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 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 second 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 will feature each season’s representative traditional works along with the colorful and delicate Japanese style confectionaries.

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  • Rodan no Shirabe (composed by Yatsuhashi-kengyo) koto solo
  • Hana no Kumo (composed by Shoin Yamase) koto solo
  • Kyorai (composed by Seiho Kineya) shamisen solo[/callout]

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 performance is offered with an exclusive taste of beautiful Japanese seasonal sweets prepared by mochi Rin, which will prepare wagashi (sweets) for the winter season. 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.