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Contemporary Shamisen Music

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, 5th, 2018 at Bargemusic, Brooklyn (World Premier)

hope in one glance for shamisen / voice and cello 

composed by Elizabeth Brown (commissioned by Duo YUMENO)


Spring 2019, NYC (World Premier)

New piece

composed by Toshi Ichiyanagi

(commissioned by Duo YUMENO)


Shamisen Recital:

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