Koto Concerto: Genji 【Japan Premiere】

Kimura will give the Japan premiere performance of Daron Hagen’s “Koto Concerto: Genji” with the member of New Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cantabile Koji-machi’s 10th Anniversary Concert on Thursday, May 28. For details, please visit the concert information page.    (3/11/20)

Oct 18, 2019 / Yomi Time, US

Duo YUMENO – New Chamber Music with Japanese and western aesthetics – There is an article featuring Duo YUMENO on the Yomi Time paper which is published in the NYC area. (in Japanese) Photo credit by Daphne Youree and Japan Society Yomi Time paper  

Mar 23, 2019 / New York Seikatsu Press, US

There is an article about Duo YUMENO 10th Anniversary Recital at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall which was held on Saturday, March 2, 2019.  Duo YUMENO answered the curtain call with the composers and colleagues. (R to L: Reona Ito, guest speaker / Shoho Mutoh, guest performer, shamisen / Hikaru Tamaki, cello / Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto and shamisen / Daron Hagen, composer / Sayaka Ishiguro, composer /Marty Regan, composer) Photo credit by George Hirose 2019 NY Seikatsu Press, (Mar 23, 2019)

Jan 4, 2020 / New York Classical Review

… this charming piece was a virtual encyclopedia of each instrument’s tonal possibilities and the ways they could combine, contrast, and accompany each other, realized with admirable feeling and energy by both players. – But Beautiful (composed by Takuma Ito, commissioned by Duo YUMENO) – Bargemusic rocks the new year with five premieres at Here and Now  

Jan 4, 2020 / ConcertoNet

… Lady Day and Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra…just about everybody sung Just Beautiful (as if anybody could make the lyrics and music more bittersweet and beautiful than they are on paper). But nobody ever played Just Beautiful like the Duo Yumeno at Barge Music last night. Without a single note of the original!… – But Beautiful (composed by Takuma Ito, commissioned by Duo YUMENO) – Barge Music’s Eight Course Banquet from ConcertoNet

Sep 2, 2019 / New York Classical Review

…Medusa’s Lair, from Marty Regan, left the strongest impression, and not only for being a piece for solo shamisen, played with focussed drive by Yoko Reikano Kimura. … Kimura conveyed the precise intensity of the piece, which spiraled into a well of drama. – Medusa’s Lair for solo shamisen (composed by Marty Regan) – New works push off at Bargemusic’s Hera and Now Festival 

Murasaki’s Moon | Reviews

Kimura performed the new opera, Murasaki’s Moon composed by Michi Wiancko at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are several reviews on the following sites; The Wall Street Journal New York Classical Review Seen and Heard International   blogcritics  (6/5/19)