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Four Seasons in NY: Gems of Japanese Music Vol. 23
April 17, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT$35
We invite you to celebrate the spring season with us at Four Seasons in New York: Gems of Japanese Music Vol. 23 by the acclaimed vocalist and koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura with special guest Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi). Following the concert, we’ll serve delicious seasonal Japanese wagashi (sweets) prepared by MochiRin. This concert is presented by CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Yoko Reikano Kimura and is supported by Hogaku Journal and Mar Creation, Inc.
“…Yoko Reikano Kimura, playing the shamisen and singing, is superb….” — New York Times
“…Kimura’s voice was rich and full-bodied ….” — KC METROPLIS
Haru no Uta – Song of Spring (composed by Kin’ichi Nakanoshima)
Yuya (composed by Yamada-kengyo)
*𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧-𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝, so please make reservation in advance.
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*𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗥𝗦 𝗮𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳. We 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲 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 50 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
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.
yokoreikanokimura.com | duoyumeno.com
RALPH SAMUELSON is a performer and teacher of the Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi. He was trained in the classical tradition of the Kinko School of shakuhachi by the late Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi as well as by Shudo Yamato and Kodo Araki V, both in Japan and in the graduate world music program at Wesleyan University. He performs traditional and contemporary music throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, and has recorded for CBS Masterworks, Lyrichord, Music of the World, Tzadik, XI Records, Pogus, and other labels. He was the shakuhachi soloist in the New York City Ballet production of Jerome Robbins’ “Watermill” with music by Teiji Ito, and his “Flutes of Hope” ensemble commemorating the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan is presented annually in New York at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 2011 and 2013 he was artist in residence at the Lou Harrison House in Joshua Tree, California. He is an international advisor for the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea and is senior advisor and former director of the Asian Cultural Council.
MOCHI RIN creates a new type of mochi that doesn’t quite exist in Japan, by infusing New York’s locally-sourced ingredients into Japan’s popular traditional dessert — the stuffed mochi rounds, such as daifuku and sakura-mochi — and mixing in rin, the element of restrained grace.