Friday Concerts Livestream: Duo YUMENO
Friday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Online with Facebook Live
Live from Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi’s residence!
After hosting JAZZ TRIANGLE 65-77 on October 30, Friday Concerts returns as the Consulate General of Japan in New York will livestream an evening of music from New York-based Duo YUMENO, comprised of koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki. Inspired by tradition but with contemporary sensibilities, the pair explores the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music.
Celebrate a singular fusion of East meets West!
Frolicking with the Birds / by Marty Regan (2011)
Suite for Sangen 4th Movement / by Lou Harrison (1996)
Rhymes with Silver 2nd Movement – Scherzo / by Lou Harrison (1997)
Not a Single Cloud Exists / by Yoko Sato (2014)
But Beautiful / by Takuma Itoh (2018)
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𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗗𝘂𝗼 𝗬𝗨𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗢
Yoko Reikano Kimura graduated from Tokyo University of Arts and received a scholarship from the Agency of Culture Affairs of Japan. She earned the First prize at the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition. As a koto/shamisen soloist, she has performed with numerous string quartets, chamber ensembles, and chamber orchestras.
Following his studies at Eastman School of Music, Rice University, and Northwestern University, Hikaru Tamaki served as the principal cellist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has given numerous performances of major concertos with the orchestra. He currently serves as the principal cellist of the Berkshire Opera Festival Orchestra and is a member of the Albany Symphony.
Duo YUMENO has been performing regularly in Japan and the US for the last decade, and their international performances include Turkey, Trinidad, the UK, and Colombia. The duo champions works by contemporary American and Japanese composers, including Daron Hagen, Lou Harrison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Minoru Miki, Marty Regan, Yoko Sato, Angel Lam, Elizabeth Brown, Takatomi Nobunaga, and many others.
In 2014, they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant, and in 2015 they received the Aoyama Barocksaal Prize. The duo was featured at the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC and performed at the John F Kennedy Center. In 2019, the duo performed at Carnegie Hall to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
Their innovative activities have been featured in the media, like The New York Times, Chamber Music Magazine, New York Classical Review, The Japan Times, Hōgaku Journal, NPR and WQXR. They have performed at prestigious venues such as John F. Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Japan Society, New England Conservatory, Princeton University, University of Chicago, Clark Museum, George Nakashima Foundation, Rubin Museum and many others. For more information about Duo YUMENO, please visit their website.