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Yoko Reikano Kimura – Shamisen Workshop & Concert: The Exploring the Road of Shamisen


Spring Traditional Japanese Musical Instrument Series vol. 1
Title: Shamisen Workshop & Concert: The Exploring the Road of Shamisen
Performer: Yoko Reikano Kimura (shamisen)
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013, Open: 6:15PM / Show: 6:45PM

Venue: Still Mind Zendo
Address: 37 West 17th Street, 6 Floor, New York, NY 10011 (btwn 5th and 6th Aves.) view map
Admission: $15.00 (advance) / $18.00 (door) *seats are limited*
Reservations / Inquiries: contact at marcreation.com / 917-400-9362

Shamisen was brought to Japan through the Silk Road and since then it was popularized among samurais to ordinary citizens. Now we live in a cosmopolitan age and right at this moment new shamisen music are born every day! At this workshop shamisen specialist, Yoko Reikano Kimura will demonstrate the vast 400 years of shamisen repertoire and explore the infinite possibilities of the instrument!

Program:
Six steps (Rokudan) by Yatsuhashi-kengyo,
Suite for shamisen by Lou Harrison
The Road by Yoko Sato
and more

Artists Bio;

Yoko Reikano Kimura (Shamisen, Voice)

A koto and shamisen and singer, Yoko Reikano Kimura performs classical Japanese music in the Yamada school style as well as contemporary music for Japanese instruments. Yoko has concertized around the world based in the US and Japan.

She has graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music, where she was awarded the top prize for her graduation recital. She continued her studies at the NHK School for Young Professionals and the Institute of Contemporary Music for Traditional Japanese Instruments. Also the Agency of Culture Affairs elected her as the internship trainee. Yoko has won numerous awards including the First prize at the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition. She received the First prize at the Great Wall International Music Competition and the Osaka Chinese Counsel Award and won the Japanese music audition for NHK FM radio. She has appeared in wide variety venues in Japan including the National Theatre, National Noh Theatre, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Suntory Hall and any other important cultural properties. For the Traditional Music Digital Library, she recorded various classical shamisen works.

In 2000 Yoko debuted at Toppan Hall (Tokyo) as the first Japanese -Western music duo in the history of the competition. Currently she concertizes in the US and Japan with her husband, Hikaru Tamaki, the principal cellist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 the duo was awarded the Janet Latz Professional Fellowship in recognition of their cross-cultural musical activities. In 2012-13 she will be collaborating with various string quartets such as the Arianna String Quartet and the Euclid Quartet.

Since 2004, Yoko has concertized around the world, performing in such places as Poland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Korea, China, Israel, Qatar, Italy and the South America. The first solo CD featuring shamisen works will be released by Asian Improv aRts Midwest in 2012 autumn. Currently, she holds a teaching position at the Institute of Contemporary Music for Traditional Japanese Instruments, an affiliate of Senzoku Gakuen Music University in Japan.

Click here to watch Yoko Reikano Kimura performing “Gazoku Shikyo.”

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