“Virtual Fallen Leaves,” Music for Piano, Cello, and Shakuhachi, to Premiere This Weekend

Virtual Fallen Leaves

Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Live Stream Online

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Kyo-Shin-An Arts and Arts at TCI present Virtual Fallen Leaves. The concert features Kathleen Supové on piano, Hikaru Tamaki on cello, and James Nyoraku Schlefer on shakuhachi. The recorded a live performance at the Tenri Cultural Institute on October 25, 2020. The premiere of the concert includes a live artist chat, and the video will remain available for attendees’ viewing convenience.

The Kyo-Shin-An Arts 2020-21 season opens with two world premiere trios for piano, cello, and shakuhachi by Randy Woolf and Masatora Goya. There will also be a world premiere for solo piano by Eric Lyon and a new work for solo shakuhachi by Ingrid Arauco.

Registrants can view the concert on any device­­­­­­—phone, tablet, computer, or tv. Once you purchase your ticket, you will receive a link that will allow you to watch the performance as many times as you wish following the premiere broadcast. To purchase tickets, please click here.


Bow Down (2020) by Randall Woolf (piano, cello and shakuhachi)

Manas (2020) by Masatora Goya (piano, cello and shakuhachi)

Screaming Fist from Earth to Kathy (2020) by Eric Lyon (solo piano)

Poem (Now it is spring) (2020) by Ingrid Arauco (solo shakuhachi)

To learn more about the pieces in the program, please click here.

About the Artists


One one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, Kathleen Supové is known for continually redefining what it means to be a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist in today’s world. In addition to her compelling virtuosity, she is also known for her inventive ways of breaking down the wall between performer and audience. After winning top prizes in the Gaudeamus International Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music, she began her career as a guest artist at the prestigious Darmstadt Festival in Germany. Since then, Supové has presented solo concerts entitled The Exploding Piano, in which she has championed the music of countless contemporary composers. For more information, please visit her website.


Hikaru Tamaki concertizes regularly as a soloist and a chamber musician. He served as the principal cellist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and was a member of the Freimann String Quartet. Before joining the Philharmonic, he was an associate principal cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and performed under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall. Solo performances with the Philharmonic have included the Dvorak Cello Concerto, Don Quixote among other major concertos. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and a Master of Music from Northwestern University. Tamaki was a prizewinner in the prestigious All Japan Viva Hall Cello Competition. He performs regularly with Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto/shamisen) under the moniker Duo YUMENO, and they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant in 2014 and received the Aoyama Baroque Saal Award the following year. For more information, please visit his website.


James Nyoraku Schlefer is a Grand Master of the shakuhachi and one of only a handful of non-Japanese artists to have achieved this rank. He received the Dai-Shi-Han (Grand Master) certificate in 2001, and his second Shi-Han certificate in 2008, from the Mujuan Dojo in Kyoto. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, and BAM, as well as multiple venues across the country and in Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, and Europe.

Schlefer first encountered the shakuhachi in 1979, while working towards a career as a flute player and pursuing an advanced degree in musicology. Today he is considered by his colleagues to be one of most influential Western practitioners of this distinctive art form. Schlefer established his own dojo in NYC in 1996, and he also teaches shakuhachi at Columbia University and a broad spectrum of Western and World music courses at New York City College of Technology (CUNY).

In December 2015, Musical America Worldwide named him one of their “30 Top Professionals and Key Influencers” for his work both as a composer and Artistic Director of Kyo-Shin-An Arts. For more information, please visit his website.

About the Presenters


Kyo-Shin-An Arts is a contemporary music organization with a mission to commission music and present concerts that bring Japanese instruments­—specifically koto, shakuhachi, and shamisen—to Western classical music. A 2016 and 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award winner (small presenter, mixed repertory), Kyo-Shin-An Arts works in partnership with established ensembles and Western soloists, bridging two cultures by introducing composers and players alike to the range and virtuosity of Japanese instruments and the musicians who play them. The resulting music provides audiences with a unique introduction to traditional Japanese music within a familiar context and fabulous contemporary music. For more information, please visit their website.


The excellent acoustics and intimate gallery setting of the Tenri Cultural Institute create a superb setting for listening to chamber music and offer audiences the rare opportunity to hear both traditional and contemporary music from two cultures in a setting similar to the music rooms of the courts and castles of both Europe and Japan. More than 300 years of chamber music tradition are presented throughout this series. Performances feature piano trios and string quartets from the great composers of Europe, music from Japan’s Edo period written for shamisen, koto, and shakuhachi and contemporary music combining Western and Japanese instruments. For more information, please visit their website.