Music From Japan to Celebrate its 45th Anniversary

Music From Japan Festival 2020

Saturday February 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday February 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Scandinavia House – 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets), Volvo Hall (2nd Floor)

Admission: $20/$15 seniors and students

For its 45th Anniversary Festival and Fifth Artist Residence, Music From Japan is inviting composer Noriko Koide and musicologist Seiji Choki for a weekend of concerts and educational events. On Saturday, February 22, at The Works of Noriko Koide will include a retrospective of Koide’s compositions, including the world premiere of a new Music From Japan commission.

On Sunday, February 23, MFJ presents a lecture by Professor Choki and then Identity, what does it matter? New Generations in Japan, which Choki curated. It will feature several living Japanese composers. MFJ is presenting all but one of the artists for the first time, and for many, it’s their first time to present their works in New York.

Many of New York’s most renowned chamber musicians, including Momenta Quartet, Elizabeth Brown, Marianne Gythfeldt, William Schimmel, and Oren Fader, will be interpreting the music of these fascinating Japanese composers.

Open forums with composers, musicologists, critics, and musicians from the US and Japan will follow both concerts.

The Works of Noriko Koide

  • Mistofelees for percussion and alto saxophone (2007)*
  • tit tit bird for cello solo (with voice) (2019)*
  • Bone for alto saxophone and koto (2019)*
  • Tipsy Steps for accordion and piano (2013)*
  • A Holiday of Island Hoppers for piccolo and 13-st koto (2008)*
  • YEBISU for violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano (2013)*
  • BISHAMON for baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet, accordion, and percussion (2020)**

Identity, what does it matter? New Generations in Japan

  • 5:00 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Seiji Choki
  • 5:30 p.m. Choki-curated concert
  • Yu Kuwabara Three Voices for violin, viola, and cello (2017) *
  • Tomoko Fukui color song III 〜 guitar solo (2013)*
  • Jummei Suzuki Gewuerzwolfie?! for string quartet (2015/2017)*
  • Chiku Komiya For Formalistic Formal (SONATA?) Form For Four for string quartet (MFJ commission) (2019)**
  • Takeo Hoshiya Music for Four Stringed Instruments (2014/2019)*
  • Yuka Shibuya Into the Offing for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (2019)*

*US Premiere
**World Premiere


  • Fred Sherry, conductor
  • Elizabeth Brown, piccolo & flute
  • Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet and bass clarinet
  • Ryan Muncy, alto and baritone saxophone
  • Meaghan Burke, cello and voice
  • Oren Fader, guitar
  • Taka Kigawa, piano
  • William Schimmel, accordion
  • Samuel Budish, percussion
  • Masayo Ishigure, koto
  • Momenta Quartet: Emilie-Anne Gendron and Alex Shiozaki, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello

Programs and performers are subject to change.

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