2020

April 3, 8:00 pm
KAMMERRAKU ANNIVERSARY
Two iconic ensembles from the courts of Europe and Japan meet in the ultimate blend of Japanese and Western music. Featuring the Arianna String Quartet, Yoko Reikano Kimura, Sumie Kaneko, and James Nyoraku Schlefer.
Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, MO
Tickets and details: HERE

March 29, 4:00 pm
KAMMERRAKU ANNIVERSARY
Two iconic ensembles from the courts of Europe and Japan meet in the ultimate blend of Japanese and Western music. Featuring the Arianna String Quartet, Yoko Reikano Kimura, Sumie Kaneko, and James Nyoraku Schlefer.
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W.13th St. NYC
Tickets and details: HERE

February 9, 4:00 pm
WINTER LIGHT
Duo Yumeno (Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto and shamisen, Hikaru Tamaki cello) with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi and David Yang, viola. Duos, trios and quartets with KSA commissions by Debra Kaye and Salina Fisher.
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W.13th St. NYC
Tickets and details: HERE

2019

December 13, 7:00 pm
NO MORE THAN A FLASH OF LIGHTNING
Performance with Kathleen Supové, Piano, and James Moore, Banjo. Premiere of Randall Woolf’s new composition.
SPECTRUM, Brooklyn, NY

 

October 26 and 27
TRIOS EAST AND WEST
A mini-festival of music for shakuhachi, koto, shamisen and string trio. Music by Matthew Harris, Matthew Shorten, Douglas J. Cuomo, and others.
EAST Yoko Reikano Kimura and Sumie Kaneko - koto and shamisen, James Nyoraku Schlefer - shakuhachi
WEST Trifecta. Sarah Whitney - violin, Angela Pickett - viola, Laura Metcalf - cello
Tickets and details: HERE

October 3, 7:00 pm
CONCERT FOR JAY REISE
Concert of the music of composer Jay Reise including his work for shakuhachi and string trio “Urushima Taro” University of Pennsylvania.

August 4, 2:00 pm
BREATHING PEACE
A gathering of well-known New York musicians coming together in a free concert to promote peace. Tenri Cultural Institute, NYC

July 19-21
WORKSHOPS AND LESSONS
A series of shakuhachi workshops and individual lessons in Washington D.C. For information and to register: HERE

July 15, 6:00 pm
DUO PERFORMANCE
Performance with Miwa Sasaki, koto, at the Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte, Colorado.

Jun. 22, 3:30 pm
FANTAZÍA - World Premiere
World Premiere of Fantazía for Violin and Orchestra composed by James Nyoraku Schlefer. Christiano Rodrigues, violin; Jason Aylward, conductor; Texas Chamber Orchestra
Tickets & Info: http://festivalhill.org/calendar/details.php?id=3334

May 13, 8:00PM

SHAKUHACHI QUINTET
Performance of Paul Moravec’s Shakuhachi Quintet with the Access Contemporary Music Ensemble.

The concert features Steven Mackey’s piece Indigenous Instruments with three pieces combining western instruments with actual indigenous instruments from around the world. PLUS Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No. 12 “From Ubirr” for digeridoo and string quartet, Jade for string quartet and pipa by Zhu Jian’er and Paul Moravec’s masterful Shakuhachi Quintet for shakuhachi and string quartet.

Davis Theater
4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Apr. 22,
1:00 pm

LUNCHTIME CONCERT
Solo performance of traditional and modern music.

Union College - Theatre TBA
Schenectady, NY

Apr. 14,
4:00 pm

KAMMERRAKU ANNIVERSARY
Cassatt String Quartet: Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Elizabeth Anderson, cello; with Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen and voice; Sumie Kaneko, koto and voice; and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. The first of the 10th Anniversary septet concerts. World premieres by Schlefer and Daron Hagen, plus the Ravel quarte
TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613025
KYO-SHIN-AN ARTS presentation

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, NYC

Apr. 11,
6:00 pm

CONCERT AND LECTURE
Solo performance and talk about the traditional music of shakuhachi. 

Hunter College
Lexington Ave and 68th St., NYC

Mar. 31,
4:00 pm

CHIDORI
Duo Performance with Yoko Reikano Kimura of this late Edo era classic. The annual concert of “Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage".
Free Concert
https://www.imjs-jchi.org/event/the-annual-concert-of-japanese-heritage-music-glories-of-japanese-music-heritage-xiv/

Miller Theatre, Columbia University
Broadway and 116th St., NYC

Mar. 13,
12:00 pm

HUB NEW MUSIC
This exciting, young quartet brings their own commissions with shakuhachi. Music by Chad Cannon, Takuma Itoh, Kojiro Umezaki, and Angel Lam (co-commission), plus quartets by Matthew Aucoin (world premiere) and Judd Greenstein. Earlier event: March 10 at Tenri Cultural Institute. 

St. Peter’s University
2641 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

Mar. 10,
4:00 pm

SPRING GREEN
Hub New Music: Michael Avitabile, flute; David Dziardziel, clarinet; Zenas Hsu, violin; Jesse Christensen, cello; and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi. This exciting, young quartet brings their own commissions with shakuhachi to KSA. Quintets by Chad Cannon, Takuma Itoh, Sun-Young Park, and Angel Lam (co-commission), plus quartets by Pascal Le Boeuf and Yevgeniy Sharlat.
TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613017
KYO-SHIN-AN ARTS presentation

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, NYC

Feb. 10,
4:00 pm

SNOWDROP MOMENT
The beautiful Japanese harp, kugo, disappeared from East Asia 1,000 years ago and from the Middle East 300 years ago. Harpist Tomoko Sugawara recreated the instrument from ancient images. The shakuhachi came to Japan from China in the 8th century, during the Tang Dynasty. Join Kyo-Shin-An Arts in a voyage of discovery and an afternoon of contemporary music for kugo, Western harp and shakuhachi. Music by Anne Boyd, Bun-Ching Lam, Kikuko Matsumoto, Michiyo Miyagi and more. Featuring world premieres by Yao Heng-lu and Robert Lombardo. 
TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613008
KYO-SHIN-AN ARTS presentation

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, NYC2018

2018

Nov. 2,
6:00 pm

OVERSEAS
Guest performer with the “LESS IS MORE” String Quartet performing the music of Tada Yasunori. 
FREE CONCERT! INFO

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, New York CityOct. 28,
6:00 pm

CRIMSON LEAVES
NEAVE PIANO TRIO with James Nyoraku Schlefer, Shakuhachi
An incredibly international program featuring works for shakuhachi and piano trio by Iranian composer Amir Eslami and Hong-Kong based Adrian Hon Chung Lam plus a piano trio by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Neave Trio: Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; and Eri Nakamura, piano
TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3601183
KYO-SHIN-AN ARTS presentation

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, New York City

Sep. 30,
4:00 pm

CELLO-HACHI
the warm, sensuous tones of the cello and the haunting, earthy sounds of the shakuhachi flute, with internationally acclaimed cellist Kenneth Woods and James Nyoraku Schlefer on shakuhachi. This is a program of spellbinding duos for cello and shakuhachi featuring New York, American and World premieres by Michio Mamiya, Sophie Pope, and James Nyoraku Schlefer. 
SPECIAL GUEST: Shakuhachi Grand Master RILEY LEE will join the program to perform with Maestro Woods plus a classic solo honkyoku on his 3.6 shakuhachi.
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3592225
KYO-SHIN-AN ARTS presentation

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, New York City

Aug. 2,
2:00 pm

SIDEWALK DANCES 
Performance with cellist Kenneth Woods of my composition “Sidewalk Dances’” during the four day World Shakuhachi Festival. http://wsf2018.com/

St. James Hatcham Building, Goldsmiths University of London
8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK

Jul. 10,
2:00 pm

JAPANESE GARDEN
Performance in the Rockies with Yoko Hiraoka on koto. This special performance will fature traditional and modern music for shakuhbachi and koto in a very beautiful setting in the mountains.

Crested Butte Music Festival
Crested Butte, Colorado

Jun. 16,
2:00 pm

PERFORMANCE WITH MUJUAN IN KYOTO
Traditional music for shakuhachi, koto and shamisen, with Kurahashi Yodo II, Philip Flaven , Ayako Kurahashi an others. HERE

Zuirin-In of Hyakumanben Chionji Temple
103 Tanaka Monzencho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8225, Japan

Jun. 9,
3:00 pm

BROOKLYN IN TOKYO
James. Nyoraku Schlefer, Bruce Huebner and Reison Kuroda on shakuhachi - Miyama McQueen-Tokita on koto - Muneko Otani on violin. 
http://gekkasha.jugem.jp/?cid=42174

Kissa Sakaiki
2-4, Daikyocho, Shinjuku-ku TOKYO

May 20,
4:00 pmROSE MUSIC
Celebrate the season with the melodic and percussive beauty of music for piano and Japanese instruments. Featuring duos by Mari Kimura, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Katsutoshi Nagasawa and Yumi Hara Cawkwell, plus a Kyo-Shin-An Arts commission from Douglas J. Cuomo for piano, shamisen and shakuhachi. Taka Kigawa, piano  Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen and koto  James Nyoraku Schefer, shakuhachiTenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street

Apr. 16,
8:00 pm

CUTTING EDGE CONCERTS
Reprise of the April 15th concert with Sybarite5. 

Symphony Space
Broadway and 96th St., NYC

Apr. 15,
4:00 pmSAKURA SMASH
Cherry Blossoms have never been so much fun!
This concert features the amazing string quintet Sybarite5 and James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi, performing Paul Moravecs Shakuhachi Concerto and the premiere of a new sextet by Schlefer. The program will also feature the continued evolution of Rashomon, for shakuhachi and strings, by Victoria Bond and an additional composer to be selected by Sybarite5.Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street

Mar. 31,
4:00 pm

GAGAKU/HOGAKU PERFORMANCE
Performance of Toshi Ichinayagi’s “Transformation of Flowers” with Hidejiro Honjo (shamisen) Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto) and myself. Plus Gagaku and new and old music for Japanese instruments. FREE concert.

Miller Theatre
Columbia University, Broadway at 116th St. NYC

Mar. 3,
6:00 pm

WHAT ABOUT THE...   SHAKUHACHI?
Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer will perform contemporary and traditional Zen music for solo shakuhachi and deconstruct the techniques, sounds, breathing, and other characteristics that make this music special.

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St
Tickets $10 at the door

Feb. 25,
4:00 pmKAMMERRAKU FROST
Elegant music for string quartet with shamisen and shakuhachi. The Voxare String Quartet with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi and Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen performing String Journey for shamisen and quartet by Schlefer and Floating Bridge of Heaven for shakuhachi, shamisen and quartet by Donald Womack. Plus string quartets TBD.Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th StreetJan. 27,
1:00 pm

DUO CONCERT
Performance with koto virtuoso Mitsu Daizi. Music to include classic and contemporary music for shakuhachi amd koto. Details to follow.

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR

Jan. 25,
7:30 pm

CONCERT OF SHAKUHACHI HONKYOKU
Solo performance at Willamette University plus lectures. Details to follow. 

Wilamette University
Salem, OR2017

2017

Nov. 19,
4:00 pm

EXPLODING CHRYSANTHEMUMS
Wondferful program with newly commissioned music for shakuhachi with piano, violin, cello and soprano. ”, Kathleen Supové, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; Wendy Law, cello; James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi; and Jennifer Aylmer, soprano. World premieres by Aleksandra Vrebalov (piano trio. shakuhachi and soprano), Douglas J. Cuomo (cello and shakuhachi) and Ciara Cornelius (soprano, shakuhachi and cello), the reprise of Randall Woolf’s Hollow (piano trio and shakuhachi), and songs for piano and soprano.

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, NYC

May 21,
4:00 pm

SAKURA TEA
A program of traditional and contemporary music for Japanese instruments and cello featuring Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto and shamisen; Sumie Kaneko, koto and shamisen; James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi and Hikaru Tamaki, cello. Including Daron Hagen’s “Misterioso” for koto and cello.

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street, NYC

Apr. 23,
4:00 pm

KAMMERRAKU MOMENT
Performance with the Ciompi String Quartet. Music for shakuhachi and string quartet by Charles Porter and Mark Nowakowski. Plus Beethoven Op. 131.

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street, NYC

Apr. 22,
4:00 pm

GEMS OF JAPANESE MUSIC
Performance with Yoko Reikano Kimura of traditional music.
DETAILS HERE

Center for Remembering and Sharing
123 4th Ave. NYC

Apr. 14,
2:30 pm

LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE
Performing and speaking about the music of shakuhachi. Histortical, contemporary, anectodotal. Techniques for composition.

Manhattan School of Music
122nd St and Broadway

Apr. 2,
4:00 pm

PERFORMANCE OF NEW MUSIC 
Annual concert of Gagaku and new music for Japanese instruments. Free concert wih registration
DETAILS HERE

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
116th St. and Broadway, NYC

Mar. 26,
4:00 pm

KAMMERRAKU SNOW
Performance with the Cassatt String Quartet and Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto) featuring the World Premiere of new works by Yoko Sato and Ciara Cornelius. Also music of Somei Satoh, Sebastion Currier and Tina Davidson.

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W.13th St, NYC

Mar. 12,
4:00 pm

TREE TOP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Performance with Yoko Reikano Kimura and the Cassatt String Quartet. Music of Michio Miyagi, Yoko Sato, Beethoven 
DETAILS CLICK HERE

First Presbyterian Church
Stamford, Connecticut

Feb. 16,
6:00 pm

LECTURE
Lecture and performance on shakuhachi.

Columbia University, NYC

Jan. 15,
2:00 pm

REQUIEM AT CARNEGIE HALL
Performance of Karl Jenkins’ “Requiem” for orchestra, chorus, soloists and... shakuhachi.