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Tufts University presents Japanese Music

Posted by boston.com  January 22, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by The Tufts University Department of Music: 

The Tufts University Department of Music presents Japanese Music, Past and Present, a concert by Duo YUMENO, in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Duo YUMENO—the widely acclaimed duo of Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto, shamisen, vocals) and Hikaru Tamaki (cello)—offers a unique fusion of sound that explores both traditional Japanese and Western classical music and contemporary music through commissioning new works and creating tWrite Entryheir own arrangements. The duo comes to Tufts after recently completing an extensive tour of Japan and performing recitals on the East coast, and their concert includes classical Japanese music and works by Minoru Miki, Michio Mamiya, and Tatatomi Nobunata. Additionally, the duo will perform a commission by Marty Regan, and a world premiere of Martin Max Schreiner's "Bamboo and Silk Tango, Again: new partner".

Yoko Reikano Kimura, based in the United States and Japan, has concertized around the world with a wide range of repertoire from classical Japanese music to improvisational pieces. A graduate of 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 Japanese Traditional Music, where she currently teaches.  For more information, visit reikano.yamadaryu.com.

Hikaru Tamaki concertizes regularly as a soloist and a chamber musician in the United States and Japan. He served as the principal cellist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the member of the Freimann String Quartet. Before joining the Philharmonic, he was an associate principal cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and performed under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, he was awarded the Janet Latz Professional Development Fellowship in recognition of his duo activities with his wife, Yoko Reikano Kimura.

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free with a Tufts ID (limit two tickets per ID) and is $10 for general admission. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

This concert has been made possible by the Granoff Music Fund.

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