“Tokyo to New York”
Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Tickets: $25/$15 students and seniors
Critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy will be joined by pianists Taka Kigawa and Judith Olson, Koto player Jun Ando, and Sho player Chatori Shimizu at “Tokyo to New York,” a concert featuring six world premiers and six U.S. premieres composed for Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers.
The music – in a wide variety of styles – features premieres by Fernando Otero (Latin Grammy Award), Gilbert Galindo (Meet the Composer Van Lier Fellow), Jun Nagao (Takemitsu Award), David Del Tredici (Pulitzer Prize), and Ian Ng (ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award).
Other world premieres on the program are by New York-based composer Lyudmilla German and Japanese composer Chatori Shimizu. U.S. premieres are by Tokyo composer Ippo Tsuboi and NYC composers Dana Richardson, Michael Rose, Richard Rosenfeld, and Russell Wimbish. Other works are by Masatora Goya, William Mayer, and Ned Rorem.
Under the direction of Thomas Piercy, “Tokyo to New York” celebrates connections between Tokyo and New York City with a series of concerts in Tokyo and NYC. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. They include a wide variety of styles of music, from Japanese avant-garde to American contemporary classical, abstract to minimalism, neo-Romantic to tango nuevo, J-pop to jazz-influenced pieces.
The composers range from 19 to 91 years of age. They come from all walks of life and experience: From university students to university professors; from self-taught composers to composers with Ph.Ds; from emerging composers to composers who have won such prominent awards as the Takemitsu Prize, Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The musicians of “Tokyo to New York” have had the opportunity to work with many of the Japanese and American composers programmed in these concerts. Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” has performed over 60 world premiers and numerous Japan and United States Premiers. All the works on the “Tokyo to New York” concerts are performed in both New York City and Tokyo.
For more information about “Tokyo to New York,” please visit Tonada Productions’s website.