Contemporary Shamisen Music

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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.


Monday, March 2, 2020 at The National Opera America Center, NYC (World Premiere) New work (composed by Elizabeth Brown) with Ensemble Leonarda and Elizabeth Brown

Friday, August 30, 2019 at Bargemusic, Brooklyn (World Premiere) Medusa’s Lair composed by Marty Regan

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)


Shamisen Recital:

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at The National Opera America Center, NYC