Upcoming Events

EMAJIN Initiative
13th Annual Concert of Japanese Heritage Musical Instruments
Celebrating the 50th Year of the IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives
Saturday, March 31, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University

The concert is free and open to the public, but please register online here

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and can be made with a credit card online here.


Part I Gagaku: Sacred Soundscapes Reborn

Hyōjō no netori (Prelude Mode Centering on the note of E)
Etenraku (Music of the Divine Heavens)

Banshikichō no netori (Prelude Mode Centering on the note of B)
Kashin/ (This Auspicious Day)
Seigaiha (Blue Sea Waves)

Part II Contemporary Works for Japanese Heritage Instruments

Tadahisa Nakamura, Correspondences (2017) for bass clarinet, 17-string (bass) koto
(U.S. Premiere)
Winner of the 9th JFC (Japan Federations of Composers) Composition Award

Toshi Ichiyanagi, Hana no hen'yō (Transfiguration of Flowers) (1988, revised 1991)
for sangen (shamisen), shakuhachi & koto

Hiroya Miura, Lustral Shades (A New Commission) (2018)
for shamisen, shō, hichiriki, ryūteki & cello
(World Premiere)
Commissioned by Hidejiro Honjoh and IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives, celebrating the 50th year of our Institute

featuring Mayumi Miyata (shō), Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki), Takeshi Sasamoto (ryūteki), Yumi Kurosawa (17-string koto), Erik Helstrom (bass clarinet), Hidejiro Honjoh (shamisen), Elena Ariza (cello), Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto), James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi), Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York, and others.


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