I'm contributing to a recital by Japan Cultural Envoy Hidejiro Honjoh at the Japan Information and Culture Center in Washington, D.C.. This event is a part of the exhibition Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan curated by Yuki Ideguchi.
Live Music and Sake Bar
Celebrating Shigeko Kubota’s “DUCHAMPIANA”
Hidejiro Honjoh performs solo shamisen sets at the closing party of "Colossal World", exhibition curated by Kyoko Sato. My brand new piece "Wadachi (Wheel Tracks)", written for the installation in the exhbition, will be premiered. The music sets begin at 7:30 and 8:30 pm @White Box gallery!
Differently Abled is a joint event that brings together the screening of a film and demonstrations by artists with disability challenges. The event was created by a filmmaker, Nori Mizukami, as an expansion of his 40-minute documentary, What's Invisible.
In the film, Nori documents a group of blind photographers in New York City, focusing on one of its members, Steve Erra, a visual artist going blind. Through the making of this film, Nori learns about the empowering aspects of art which overcome the creators' disaiblity challenges, along with its difficulties. As the title Differently Abled expresses, creativty can be limitless regardless. It is Nori's mission to support disabled artists so that their works will continue to get the message across and leave a positive impact on our society.
During this New York City event, What's Invisible will be screened with the protagonist of the documentary, Steve Erra, present to demonstrate his artistic ability - light painting photography in the dark.
Amazing Hiroshima-based pianist Noritaka Ito plays my short piano piece "Oblivion" in one of his concert series. He is known to be a contemporary music specialist, such as works by Kenji Sakai, but he also excels at bringing out beauty in simple pieces. Please check him out!
19th century guitarist Kazuki Ueki and 8-string Brahms guitarist Joseph Ehrenpreis are giving a joint concert in Niigata, Japan!
"As RighteousGIRLS, New York-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi rattle speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects (NYC Jazz Record)."
RighteousGIRLS (presented by ChamberMusicNY) make their debut at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on April 29th, 8PM. Their program draws from the worlds of contemporary classical and avant garde jazz featuring works by Ambrose Akinmusire, Molly Joyce, Judd Greenstein, Paula Matthusen, Masatora Goya, Vijay Iyer, and Andy Akiho incorporating complex meters, improvisation, FX, and nonconventional forms. Virtuosic, adventurous, and charismatic, RighteousGIRLS play with white-hot intensity and cool control. To Listen: here
RighteousGIRLS are supported through New Music USA's NYC New Music Impact Fund made possible with funding from The Scherman Foundation's Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.
Please purchase a drink (tea/coffee/juice. etc.) prior to entering the patio space.
Bunta Satoh, Tsugarubue (bamboo flute)
Hiroaki Fukushi, taiko drum
Chihiro Shibayama & Maiko Hosoda; percussion
Kenji Haba, guitar
Yui Kitamura, keyboard
Please enjoy a wide variety of music from Japanese traditional music to original compositions and more!
My theatrical art song "Call" and a short solo guitar piece "Sunset on the Hudson" will be performed. $10 suggested donation.
THE NEW SONG recital series presents an evening of vocal chamber music featuring new works by Japanese and American composers as well as traditional Japanese art songs rarely performed in the United States.
Ted Gorodetzky directs vocalist Daniel Neer in a diverse cross-cultural recital that explores the merging of East-meets-West themes in Japanese and American poetry and music. Neer, joined by pianist Erika Dohi, guitarist Jason Robert Taylor, and actor Sonoko Kawahara will present music by Masatora Goya, Karen Tanaka, Kaito Nakahori, and Ellen Mandel. There will be four significant world premieres:
“Masks” by Alex Burtzos,“Oshietekudasai” by Yui Kitamura,“Wanyudo: This Fire Wheel Thing” by fourteen-year old Yusei Hata, and “Alnilam” by Jason Robert Taylor.Traditional Japanese art songs by Haseo Sugiyama, Ikuma Dan, Tamezo Narita, and Tatsunosuke Koshitani are also featured on the program.
THE NEW SONG recital series is dedicated to the dynamic creation of new vocal music, the worthwhile revival of forgotten songs and the celebrated discovery of seldom performed vocal music from around the world.
My short trio piece "Floating Above the Clouds" will be performed. Free concert!
CROSS ISLAND returns to the Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, with clarinetist Sandy Tepper, to present a program of music spanning centuries and styles, from Schubert through Cole Porter and Stephen Schwartz, that's all about love.
My duo piece for cello and guitar "Where It Begins, Where It All Ends" will be performed at Cornelia Street Café. $10 cover plus $10 minimum.
Kenji Haba is a guitarist who heralds a new direction for classical guitar through his insight and work with the coloration of sounds, as well as through bringing new formats to the landscape, including the innovative guitar-cello ensemble. He is well known for his interpretation of Toru Takemitsu, his performances having been described as an “ideal match for Takemitsu’s music” by Fanfare. He is also an active performer of contemporary music, with over 20 pieces of music written for and premiered by him.
Based in New York City, Molly Aronson is a cellist known for her "solidity and verve" (San Francisco Classical Voice). She has performed internationally as a chamber musician performing on such series as Barge Music's Here and Now; Chamber Players International; Luzerne Festival Series; the Chateau Festival; Mohawk Trails Concerts; and the Interlochen Faculty Chamber Series. Molly had her concerto debut with the Holyoke Civic Symphony, has been a guest artist with the Eastern Chamber Orchestra, and will be recording Tramonto, for solo cello and wind ensemble by Luis Serrano Alarcon with the Valley Winds this upcoming year.
The Great Ruler, a video art work by Yuki Ideguchi that I wrote music for, will be shown at the WAH Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In response to an encore from the WAH Center, we will be presenting the show "Light Year 14: Japan Parade" in a series of exhibitions "The Yuko Nii Restrospective", celebrating the center's 20th anniversary.
Premiere of my "Impresiones Callada" for string orchestra!
On October 22nd, Composers Concordance presents 'All About Spain,' a concert featuring new, flamenco-inspired music and dance at West Park Presbyterian Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. CompCord String Orchestra will perform with guests including dancer Sonia Olla and singer Ismael Fernández, who are known for bridging the culture of flamenco between Spain and New York City in the premiere of "El Paseo" composed for orchestra by the third-generation master flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortes. Violinist Miranda Cuckson, an "electric interpreter of new music," will premiere "Al-Andaluz" by Dave Soldier. Scott Jackson Wiley will conduct music written for the occasion by composers Dan Cooper, Pedro Cortes, Eleanor Cory, Masatora Goya, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, Daniel Palkowski, Gene Pritsker, and David Saperstein.
Tickets $15 at door; $10 in advance
Chamber Concert curated by clarinetist Thomas Piercy.
World premiere of my quintet piece for bass clarinet and string quartet.
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series
“Tokyo to New York”
Masatora Goya “Meteor” for bass clarinet and string quartet (*World Premier) (Composed for Thomas Piercy)
Bin Li “In 1932, I Became the Emperor of ManchuKuo” for clarinet, flute, violin, viola, cello (*U.S. Premier)
Kazutomo Yamamoto “Doldrums IV” for clarinet and koto (*US Premier) (Composed for Thomas Piercy)
John Cage “Ryoanji” for three hichiriki and percussion
Hidemi Mikai “Duo Capriccioso” for two clarinets
Chatori Shimizu “Noise of a Pondering Mind” for hichiriki, sho and koto (Composed for Thomas Piercy)
Thomas Piercy, clarinet/bass clarinet, hichiriki
Wonkak Kim, clarinet
Hiroshi Girón Ebina, hichiriki
Maki Yamamae, hichiriki
Jun Ando, koto
Chatori Shimizu, sho
Lish Lindsey, flute
Sabina Torosjan, violin
Michelle Painter, violin
Rachel Hauser, viola
Molly Aronson, cello
Sean Statser, percussion
Free concert at Rubin Museum!
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.
Hidejiro Honjo is an award-winning shamisen performer. Honjo studied under Hidetaro Honjoh and graduated from the Japanese Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, where he currently teaches. He has been commissioned by many composers and holds a solo recital four times a year. Honjo primarily specializes in modern music and performs with the international contemporary ensemble groups and orchestras. This year he received the furtherance of the Asian Cultural Council as a grantee.
Hidejiro Honjoh, a rising shamisen star from Japan, performs at the closing event of Yuki Ideguchi's solo exhibition "Vortex" at Resobox in Queens. This exhibition reflects Ideguchi's deep sympathy to the Buddhism concept Shogyo-Mujo, which teaches that all things are in flux, nothing is permanent and all worldly things are transitory. Surrounded with Ideguchi's waves and skulls, Honjoh plays traditional and new Japanese pieces with the themes in common with the artist's works: waves, oracion which used to be sung among hidden Christians in Nagasaki, and "KU NoTe" by Masatora Goya who collaborated with Ideguchi for his video art work, the Great Ruler.
The closing event will be held between 7 and 9 pm, and there will be two short performances by Honjo. Resobox is located at 41-26 27th St, Long Island City, NY 11101. Queensboro Plaza (7, N, Q) or Queens Plaza (E, M, R) is the closest subway station. Admission Free.
Hidejiro Honjoh is an award-winning shamisen performer. He studied under Hidetaro Honjoh and graduated from the Japanese Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, where he currently teaches. Honjoh specializes in modern music and performs with the international contemporary ensemble groups and orchestras. As an advocator of new music, he has commissioned and premiered many new shamisen repertoire by many composers. He currently stays in New York as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council as a grantee.
I curated for the Composer's Voice Concert Series "Wooden't It Be Nice?", an evening of wildly eclectic new music for strings and woodwinds on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Space.
This concert features 3 world premieres by Masatora Goya, Felipe Salles, and Spencer Snyder, as well as a New York premiere by Ronald Pearl. The concert also features works by Osvaldo Golijov, Dina Pruzhansky, and Gene Pritsker. Performers include Rachel Arky, Molly Aronson, Melanie Chirignan, Kenji Haba, Rachel Hauser, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Taka Kigawa, and Michelle Painter.
$10 admission. Please stop by to witness a new flux of contemporary chamber music!!