Shakuhachi: Hear – Write – Play at Tenri Cultural Institute



shakuhachi, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Victoria Bond, Matthew Harris, Kento Iwasaki, James Matheson, Paul Moravec, Tenri, Japan, NYC, composing

Shakuhachi: Hear – Write – Play

Sunday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m.

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

Admission: $10

Kyo-Shin-An Arts Artistic Director James Nyoraku Schlefer will lead an event an event for composers and the musically and intellectually curious. Shakuhachi: Hear – Write – Play focuses on the performance, composition, and practice of shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute.

Schlefer will perform 20 minutes of traditional and contemporary solo music for shakuhachi, complete with extended techniques.

Panel Discussion and Q&A with KSA composers Victoria Bond, Matthew Harris, Kento Iwasaki, James Matheson, and Paul Moravec. Schlefer will play excerpts from their commissioned pieces and invite panel commentary on the music. There will be playback of sections from the finished works accompanied by projected images of the notation. Write your own line, and Schlefer will play it for you.

Following the Q&A, the audience will be provided with student instruments to try their hand at playing the shakuhachi. Making a sound is the goal!

Hear the music, write the notes, try the instrument!

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 at Tenri Cultural Institute features a blend of KSA commissions with World, American, and New York premieres, traditional and contemporary music for Japanese instruments and Western repertoire.

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