The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) presents a concert featuring the Japanese traditional instruments instruments koto (harp) and shakuhachi (flute) on Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 pm.
The featured performers are Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto) and James NyorakuSchlefer (shakuhachi). This is a rare opportunity to see an intimate Japanese traditional musical performance in Austin.
When: Sunday, June 28, 2015 @3:00-4:15 pm (Door open @2:30pm) Where:St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 8134 Mesa Drive Austin, TX 78759 Admission: $10 JASGA Members, $15 Non-Members (Children under 7 Free)
Reserve online before the concert.
Seating is on a first come first served basis.
Tickets are also available at the door ($15) Donations are greatly appreciated. Download the flyer.
About the Artists:
Yoko Reikano Kimurais Koto/Shamisen performer and singer, Yoko was praised as “superb” by the New York Times. Following her studies at Tokyo University of the Arts, the NHK School for Young Professionals and the Institute for Contemporary-Traditional Japanese Music at SenzokuGakuen College of Music where she currently holds a teaching position, she was awarded a scholarship from the Agency of Culture Affairs of Japan. Her teachers include KonoKameyama, SenkoYamabiko (Living National Treasure) and AkikoNishigata.
Yoko has won numerous awards, including the First Prize at the prestigious 10thKenjun Memorial National Koto Competition and at the 4th Great Wall International Music Competition. She has performed extensively throughout Japan, the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and South America. In 2004, she performed Shamisen concerto at the National Olympic Memorial Center in Japan. In 2013, she premiered the 13 string-Koto version of Daron Hagen's Koto Concerto: Genji with the Euclid Quartet. Iin 2014, she performed with the Prairie Ensemble.
Since 2008 she has performed with her husband, HikaruTamaki, a cellist. Under the moniker ‘Duo YUMENO’, they have been creating a singular fusion of sound and exploring the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music. In 2014 they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant, and in 2015, received the Aoyama Music Baroque Saal Award. Their debut CD featuring Marty Regan’s works was leased in May 2015.
James NyorakuSchleferis 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 asmultiple venues across the country and in Japan, Indonesia, Brazil and Europe.
Mr. Schlefer first encountered the shakuhachi in 1979, while working towards a career as a flute player and pursuing an advanced degree in musicology at CUNY (Queens College.) Today, he is considered by his colleagues to be one of most influential Western practitioners of this distinctive art form. In February 2014, Concertonet.com gave him the accolade of “America’s finest Shakuhachi player”. As a composer, Mr. Schlefer has written multiple chamber and orchestral works combining Japanese and Western instruments as well as numerous pieces solely for traditional Japanese instruments.
He is the Artistic Director of Kyo-Shin-An Arts and the curator for the Japanese music series at the Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC. He teaches shakuhachi at Columbia University, a broad spectrum of Western and World music courses at New York City Technical College (CUNY), and performs and lectures at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
We'd love to see you at the Koto and Shakuhachi Concert on June 28th at 3:00 pm!
No Classes : June 24-25 & July 1-2, *Shodo class only: 5/27, 6/3-6/17, 6/24 & 7/1
Language Class discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) General Membersand employees of Corporate Members(The benefit offers depends on the corporate membership level.)
Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) invites you to join us for the JASGA's first Award Dinner. This international event brings together the Japanese and American communities to recognize leaders in the field of U.S.-Japan friendship relations. The gala will take place in the early evening on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Vintage Villas Hotel & Events.
Please join us with our Honorary Director, NozomuTakaoka, Consul-General of Japan in Houston, and our special sponsor of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, as we pay tribute to our first distinguished recipient. Dr. WilliamTsutsui, who will receive the Bridges to Friendship Award and will be our keynote speaker. Mr. KeijiAsakura, landscape architect, planner, and urban designer will be our opening speaker. Ms. SumieKaneko will perform Japanese traditional shamisen and vocal music.
JASGA's eighth Annual Japan Festival was a success!
Many thanks to all those who helped us to make the eighth JASGA'sAkiMatsuri - Japan Fall Festival 2014 - such a great success!
The effort and dedication of all groups, including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, AkiMatsuri volunteers, Japanese language class students of JASGA, Mccllum and St. Stephen's high school as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.
Please click here / hereto view photos from the Festival.