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The Japanese Connection

Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Voyager Ensemble returns to UMBC with The Japanese Connection, featuring musicians and music from Japan!  The program celebrates old and new works from Japan, with timeless classic A Way A Lone for String Quartet by Toru Takemitsu as well as a world-premiere by Yuriko Hase Kojima, a string quartet based on landscape installation Sunken Garden by the legendary Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. A special guest artist, James Nyoraku Schlefer, will join the ensemble on shakuhachi (Japanese wooden flute), bringing his own composition 2 Blue for Shakuhachi and viola.

James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi
Shizuka Inoue, Airi Yoshioka; violins
David Yang, viola
Hikaru Tamaki, cello

James Schlefer: "2 Blue” for shakuhachi and viola
Michiyo Mamiya: “Kio" for cello and shakuhachi
Toru Takemitsu: "A Way A Lone” for string quartet
Yuriko Kojima: From Sunken Garden for string quartet
Jay Reise: “The Gift from Urashima Taro” for shakuhachi and string trio
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