In celebration of the opening of Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, the Clark presents two shamisen performances by Yoko Reikano Kimura, accompanied by James Nyoraku Schlefer on shakuhachi at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 11.
Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto/shamisen performer and singer, has performed around the world. Her koto performance was touted as “exquisite and compelling” by the Kyoto Aoyama Music Award jury. The New York Times described her shamisen playing and singing as “superb.” A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, she holds master qualifications for both Yamada school and Kato style shamisen. Currently a faculty member of the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music in Japan, Yoko has worked with cellist Hikaru Tamaki as Duo YUMENO. Yoko has also worked with Heiner Goebbels, the Wien Solisten Trio (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members), Kyo-Shin-An Arts, and Kenny Endo, among others. She has toured in Poland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Korea, China, Israel, Qatar, Italy, Turkey, and multiple countries in South America.
James Nyoraku Schlefer is a virtuoso performer of traditional and contemporary shakuhachi music, an esteemed teacher in the Kinko school, and a ground-breaking composer. Honored by Musical America International as one of their “30 Top Professionals and Influencers,” Nyoraku Sensei’s efforts promote and sustain traditional shakuhachi music through performances, lecture/demonstrations, residencies, and concert programming. His original compositions forge new ground with contemporary works for both Japanese and Western instruments and ensembles.