Yoko Reikano Kimura has been inspired by her shamisen teacher, Akiko Nishigata, who is considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary shamisen music performance. In the history of shamisen music, many talented shamisen players have created various styles and cultivated the appeals of shamisen music. For this project, Kimura hopes to create contemporary shamisen music through collaborations with living composers and talented musicians.
Friday, January, 5, 2018 at Bargemusic, Brooklyn (World Premier) hope in one glance for shamisen / voice and cello composed by Elizabeth Brown (commissioned by Duo YUMENO)
Friday, August 31, 2018 at Bargemusic, Brooklyn (US Premier) To the Victims of Cain for shamisen composed by Yoriaki Matsudaira (commissioned by Akiko Nishigata)
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Carnegie Weil Recital Hall (World Premier) New work for shamisen and cello composed by Toshi Ichiyanagi (commissioned by Duo YUMENO)