Traditional Japanese Music and Wagashi at CRS



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Four Seasons in New York – Gems of Japanese Music

Saturday, November 28 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) – 123 4th Avenue (2nd Floor)

Tickets: $20

CRS & Mar Creation, Inc. invite you to discover traditional Japanese music by the acclaimed koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura, offered with an exclusive taste of beautiful Japanese seasonal wagashi (sweets) prepared by mochi Rin NYC.

This will be the first in a seasonal series of music concerts called Four Seasons in New York — Gems of Japanese Music. After many centuries, the brilliance of traditional Japanese music is still being passed on to the present day. This concert series will feature each season’s representative traditional works along with the colorful and delicate Japanese style confectionaries expressed through ingredients. Yuzu and kumquats are common in winter; spring traditionally begins with sakura (cherry blossoms), broccoli rabe, strawberries and raspberries; followed by elderflower, rose, edamame and sansho (Japanese pepper) in summer; and chrysanthemum, apples, grapes, chestnuts and hazelnuts in autumn. Even within one season, the taste and the form change gradually from hashiri (first harvest or catch of the season) through nagori (the final traces).

As a frequent soloist and collaborator, Japanese born koto/shamisen performer and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura has performed in NYC, Chicago, Tokyo, Kyoto and many other cities, featuring a wide-ranging repertoire from classical Japanese music to improvisational pieces. Since Yoko moved to the US in 2010, her mission has been to promote Japanese music to American audiences. As part of the award-winning Duo Yumeno, she has just released the album Flowers, Birds, Wind, Moon: The Music of Marty Regan.

The New York Times called her singing and shamisen playing “superb,” while the San Francisco Examiner described her as “An elegant refined presence perfectly poised, she played with precision, beauty and the utmost confidence.”

mochi Rin creates bite-sized mochi desserts made by infusing New York’s locally sourced ingredients into Japan’s popular organic bean paste. Their new type of mochi mixes seasonal fruits and flowers from New York into Japanese traditional desserts such as daifuku and sakura-mochi.

The ticket price includes wagashi. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance at CRS’s website, by phone 212-677-8621, or in person at CRS.