September 19, 2017

New version of “Circles of Light” premiered in New York (video)

This past May, Kyo-Shin-An Arts presented a concert at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York that included a new arrangement of my trio “Circles of Light.” Originally scored for shakuhachi, violin and 21-string koto, this new version is for shakuhachi, cello and 13-string koto. The musicians did a fantastic job with the piece, which is filled with “blurry” passages inspired by a photographic phenomenon called bokeh. More info on the piece is here.

The skulls in the background are a nice touch…

James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi
Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto
Hikaru Tamaki, cello

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