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Four Seasons in NY: Gems of Japanese Music Vol. 22
February 13, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST$30
We are happy to be able to invite you back in-person for Four Seasons in New York: Gems of Japanese Music Vol. 22 by the acclaimed vocalist and koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura with special guest Kaoru Watanabe (fue, taiko). This concert is presented by CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Yoko Reikano Kimura and is supported by Hogaku Journal and Mar Creation, Inc.
The program video will also be available to watch on demand online from Sunday, February 27th, 8:00 pm (EST) through Thursday, March 3rd, 11:30 pm, and in-person attendees will also be able to access the video. Those who would like to purchase only online access (and not attend in person) may do so here:
“…Yoko Reikano Kimura, playing the shamisen and singing, is superb….” — New York Times
“…Kimura’s voice was rich and full-bodied ….” — KC METROPLIS
■ 𝐇𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐧 𝐧𝐨 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐞 (composed by Yatsuhashi-kengyo)
■ 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐚 𝐧𝐨 𝐀𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢 – 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐚 -(composed by Manwa Yamato)
■ 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐧-𝐜𝐡𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐧 (composed by Kin’ichi Nakanoshima)
𝐘𝐨𝐤𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐢𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐨 𝐊𝐢𝐦𝐮𝐫𝐚 – koto, shamisen
*Special guest, 𝐊𝐚𝐨𝐫𝐮 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐞 – fue, Taiko
$𝟑𝟎 (The ticket holders of this in-person concert will have access to the online streaming program.)
*𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧-𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝, so please make reservation in advance.
*Please include your name and the number of tickets you wish to purchase.
*Payment will be at Center for Remembering and Sharing. (Cash only)
*𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗥𝗦 𝗮𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗲𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗬𝗖 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗜𝗗 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗱𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗱. 𝗗𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗺𝗶𝗰𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁, 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀.
About Four Seasons in New York – Gems of Japanese Music
New York’s music scene reflects the diverse and vibrant culture of the city. Kimura, together with CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing), began this concert series in the fall of 2015. As a Japanese instrumentalist, she hopes to introduce the brilliance of traditional Japanese music, which is still being passed on to future generations after many centuries. Starting with the 2018-19 season, the series has featured contemporary pieces composed by living composers as well. Since the first concert, about 40 works from the classical repertoire have been introduced in the concert series. Please come and experience the sounds of koto and shamisen and enjoy the taste of the four seasons here in New York!
About past performances: https://www.yokoreikanokimura.com/projects/fourseasons/
About the Artists
Composer and musician KAORU WATANABE grounds his performance in traditional Japanese music while inhabiting a startling combination of musical worlds. He is renowned for his ability to collaborate with a diverse array of visionary international artists: Jason Moran, Yo-Yo Ma and Silkroad, Spanish flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena, visual artists Simone Leigh and Alyson Shotz, calligrapher Koji Kakinuma, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, vocalists Alicia Hall Moran and Imani Uzuri, tap dancers Tamango and Kazunori Kumagai, Galician bagpiper Carlos Nuñez, So Percussion, Semba Kiyohiko, Reigakusha, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Adam Rudolph and Go:Organic Orchestra, the Aizuri and Parker String Quartets and pipa virtuoso Wu Man. In 2018, Watanabe debuted as an orchestral soloist and composer with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. He is an advisor, composer and featured musician on the Oscar-nominated score of Wes Anderson’s film “Isle of Dogs” and was a guest artist on the Silkroad’s Grammy Award-winning album “Sing Me Home.”
Born to Japanese parents who were both members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Watanabe started playing Western Classical music at an early age, then graduated from the Manhattan School of Music as a jazz flute and saxophonist, followed by a decade in Japan performing with and eventually directing the internationally acclaimed Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble Kodo. Watanabe returned to New York City to continue developing his ever-evolving musical voice, specializing on transverse bamboo flutes such as the shinobue, noh kan and ryuteki and various Japanese percussion. Watanabe has performed his compositions at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Kabukiza and in all 47 prefectures in Japan. Watanabe continues to perform regularly across the North, Central and South Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As a passionate educator, Watanabe has taught at such prestigious institutions as Princeton and Wesleyan University and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Watanabe graciously receives the support of the preeminent taiko maker Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo and master shinobue flute maker Ranjo of Chiba Prefecture.
YOKO REIKANO KIMURA is a distinguished virtuoso of Japanese koto, shamisen performer and singer in both traditional and contemporary music. Kimura has concertized in about 20 countries around the world based in New York and Japan. Following her studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts, she studied at Institute of Traditional Japanese Music, an affiliate of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan. Kimura was awarded a scholarship from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan. Her teachers include Kono Kameyama, Akiko Nishigata and Senko Yamabiko, a Living National Treasure. Awards include the First prize at the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition and the First prize at the 4th Great Wall International Music Competition. Kimura performed at the Kabuki-za in Tokyo, accompanying Danjuro Ichikawa XII. Her performances have been broadcasted on NHK-FM’s Hogaku no Hitotoki, NPR’s Performance Today and WKCR. As a koto soloist, Kimura has performed Daron Hagen’s Koto Concerto: Genji with the Wintergreen Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Mei-Ann Chen and several string quartets. As a shamisen soloist, she performed Kin’ichi Nakanoshima’s Shamisen Concerto at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center.
Her performances have been featured at many opera and theater works, such as Michi Wiancko’s Murasaki’s Moon at Metropolitan Museum, Piestro Mascagni’s Iris by American Symphony Orchestra, Basil Twist’s Dogugaeshi, Yasuko Yokoshi’s Bell and many others.
Kimura is a founder of Duo YUMENO, with cellist Hikaru Tamaki. The duo received the Kyoto Aoyama Barock Saal Award in 2015, and featured at Chamber Music America’s 2016 National Conference, and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in 2017. In 2019, the duo had its ten-year anniversary recital at Carnegie Hall.
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