Duo YUMENO CD Release Concert
New York based Duo YUMENO - Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto/Japanese 13-string zither, shamisen/Japanese long-neck lute and voice) and Hikaru Tamaki (violoncello) - presents a concert of contemporary works, as well as classical Western and Japanese music.
The duo is celebrating the recent release of its first album, "Flowers, Birds, Wind, Moon: The Music of Marty Regan," which features the first and only significant duo written for koto and violoncello. The internationally acclaimed composer Marty Regan was commissioned by the duo to write this suite over the course of four years, and the recording was completed in early 2015.
The blending of these two instruments was praised as "exquisite" and "compelling" by the Aoyama Music Award jury (Kyoto, Japan), which awarded the duo the 2015 Baroque Saal Prize.
The concert will also feature newly commissioned works by the renowned composer Daron Hagen and by Yoko Satō.
Place: Marc A. Scorca Hall, the National Opera Center America (330 Seventh Ave, 7th Floor, NYC)
Time: Sunday, October 18th, 1:00-2:30PM (short reception to follow)
Admission: $18 ($20 at the door) Adults, $10 Seniors and students
NOTE: Seating is limited to 70 guests. Please order tickets online or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the number of people in your party for guaranteed seating.
New York based koto / shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki create a singular fusion of sound, inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility. Duo YUMENO's repertoire includes a dynamic range of compositions, all of which explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music. Kimura and Tamaki first collaborated at the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival in 2008 and since then have been performing together regularly in Japan and the US. Their performances have been enthusiastically received in Tokyo, Kyoto, New York, Chicago and throughout the US. They were also invited to perform in Turkey and visited Trinidad to be featured at the opening concert of "Japan - CARICOM Friendship Year 2014" an event promoted by the Japan Foundation, NY and co-organized by the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2014, they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant, and in 2015, received the Baroque Saal Award from the Aoyama Foundation in Kyoto. Their activities have been featured in the media, such as the New York Times, Chamber Music Magazine, Hōgaku Journal and NPR. URL: www.duoyumeno.com
Marty Regan has composed over 70 works for traditional Japanese instruments and since 2002 has been affiliated with AURA-J, one of Japan's premiere performance ensembles of contemporary-traditional Japanese music. Widely regarded as the authoritative source on the subject and the only resource of its kind available in English, his translation of Minoru Miki's orchestration-instrumentation manual "Composing for Japanese Instruments" was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2008. His "Selected Works for Japanese Instruments" compact disc series is released by Navona Records and his music is published by Mother Earth Co, Ltd. He completed his Ph.D. in music with an emphasis in composition at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa in 2006. One of his newest works, a chamber opera entitled "The Memory Stone," was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera as part of the HGCOco's "Songs of Houston: East + West" initiative and was premiered in April 2013 at the Asia Society Texas Center. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Helen Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency Grant as well as a Clare Hall Visiting Research Fellowship from Cambridge University, UK. He is an Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M University. URL: martyregan.com
Marc A. Scorca Hall, the National Opera Center America (View)
330 Seventh Ave, 7th Floor
New York, NY 11435
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