Williams College to Host Concert of Japanese Classical Music
The Williams College Department of Music presents Ensemble East, performing Japanese classical music at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the College campus in Williamstown, Mass. This free event is open to the public. From tales of the geisha to the poetry of nature, the stories of old Japan unfold in this rich musical tradition. Modern solo and ensemble music brings contemporary relevance to their programs. Providing a gateway to Japanese poetry, literature and story telling, the music speaks a language that everyone can understand.
The ensemble features Yoko Reikano Kimurawho, who will sing in addition to playing the koto and shamisen, traditional Japanese stringed instruments, along with James Nyoraku Schlefer, who has been called ‘a Master of the Shakuhachi’ by The New York Times. Schlefer is a leading performer and teacher of shakuhachi, the traditional bamboo flute. He is a Grand Master of the instrument and one of only a handful of non-Japanese artists to have achieved this rank.
Ensemble East has toured throughout the US, South America and the Caribbean and each member has a distinguished international performing and recording career. They perform the classical music of Japan’s Edo period, as well as modern and contemporary ensemble music for Japanese instruments. For more infomation, call 413-597-3146 or visit music.williams.edu.