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Ensemble East

Tue, October 21st, 2014
8:00 pm

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Ensemble East

The Williams College Department of Music presents Ensemble East on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

The musicians of Ensemble East bring the atmosphere and sounds of Japanese classical music to Williamstown. 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. Mr. 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.


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