Taka Kigawa Kicks Off WQXR’s Beginner’s Ear

WQXR Presents: Beginner’s Ear—Taka Kigawa

Friday, January 17 from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The Greene Space – 44 Charlton Street

Admission: $30

WQXR presents Beginner’s Ear, one hour of lunchtime bliss with guided meditation and a live performance by world-class musicians every Friday from January 17 through March 6. Each meditation will feature music from a different artist.

Taka Kigawa, an “enthralling but elusive pianist” (The New York Times), inaugurates the weekly series on January 17. Allow the sounds of Taka’s piano to transport you on a sonic journey anchored by Debussy, Chopin, and Bach. A short conversation on aspects of mindful listening will conclude the event, leaving you feeling re-centered and inspired.

New York Times contributing critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim will host and moderate the program, while Thomas Droge, founder of the Pathfinder Institute, will lead the meditation.

About Taka Kigawa

A native of Nagano, Japan, Kigawa received a Bachelor of Arts from Shinshu University and a Master of Arts from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University, graduating with honors in Piano Performance. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York, with appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Cleveland; Paris; Milan; and Barcelona.

His New York City recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times, and his New York City recital in August 2011 was picked as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season by Musical America. Kigawa’s solo recitals at (le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have all been resounding successes, receiving unqualified critical acclaim from both audiences and critics. His August 2012 recital at LPR, in which he performed J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre, a record it holds to this day.

Read JCNYC’s review of Kigawa’s 2015 recital here.

Unplug and recharge with Taka Kigawa! For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit The Greene Space’s website.

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