Kyo Shin An Shakuhachi Recital
Sunday, July 7 from noon until 3:00 p.m.
Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Suggested Donation: $10 at the door
Students of Kyo Shin An Shakuhachi Dojo will perform solo honkyoku, the classic music developed by Buddhist monks as a practice towards inner reflection and enlightenment. Their instructor is Shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer.
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 as a project of NewMusicUSA, an organization that supports and promotes new music created in the U.S.
To register for the recital, please visit Kyo Shin An’s Eventbrite page.