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Thomas Piercy, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet & Hichiriki

Taka Kigawa, Piano

Pablo Aslan, Bass

James Nyoraku Schlefer, Shakuhachi

Sunday | April 19, 2015 | 4pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
43 W. 13th St., NY, NY 10011

Tickets: $25 ($15 Students/Seniors)
Reservations: | 212-645-2800


クラリネット / バスクラリネット &篳篥


パブロ ・アスラン

ジェイムス 如楽 シュレファー

        New Music by Tokyo & NYC Composers

Yoshihiko Banno, Gilbert Galindo, Masatora Goya, Tomo Hirayama, Miyuki Ito

Paul Yeon Lee, David Loeb, Joshua Banks Mailman, Jun Nagao, Fernando Otero

Gene Pritsker, Chatori Shimizu, Hifumi Shimoyama

Nina Siniakova, Tomoko Uzawa, Atsushi  Yoshinaka

The April 19th “Tokyo to New York” concert features world premiers and United States premiers composed for critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers. Mr. Piercy will be joined in the concert by one of NYC’s leading proponents of new music, pianist Taka Kigawa; Latin Grammy nominee bassist Pablo Aslan; and a Grand Master of the Shakuhachi, James Nyoraku Schlefer. The music – in a wide variety of styles – features premiers by Fernando Otero (Latin Grammy Award); Gilbert Galindo (Meet the Composer Van Lier Fellow); Nina Siniakova (current ConEd Composer Resident); and works by Jun Nagao (Takemitsu Award), and Hifumi Shimoya (leading Japanese avant-garde composer). Other world premiers on the program are by NYC composers Paul Yeon Lee, David Loeb, and Joshua Banks Mailman; and United Stated premiers by Japanese composers by Yoshihiko Banno, Tomo Hirayama, Miyuki Ito, Chatori Shimizu, Tomoko Uzawa, and Atsushi Yoshinaka.

Co-Presented with “Arts at Tenri”


“Tokyo to New York” – under the direction of Thomas Piercy – celebrates connections between Tokyo and New York City with a series of concerts in Tokyo and New York. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. They include a wide variety of styles of music, from Japanese avant-garde to American contemporary classical, abstract to minimalism, neo-Romantic to tango nuevo, J-pop to jazz-influenced pieces. The composers range from 19 to 91 years of age. They come from all walks of life and experience: from university students to university professors; from self-taught composers to composers with Ph.Ds; from emerging composers to composers that have won such prominent awards as the Takemitsu Prize, Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The musicians of “Tokyo to New York” have had the opportunity to work with many of the Japanese and American composers programmed in these concerts. Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” has performed over 60 world premiers and numerous Japan and United States Premiers.

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MAY 28, 8 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute

On Saturday, May 28th at 8PM, TRANSIT presents the latest installment of the DoubleBill Series. This innovative project presents new music from around the world alongside the work of young composers from NYC, giving listeners a wide-raging experience that would otherwise incur jetlag. The program on May 28 focuses on emerging composers from London and New York City.

Line Telling ***
by Christopher Mayo

Machana ***
by Charlie Piper

fractus duo
by Mark Bowden

by Daniel Wohl

Three Quintets
by Jason Cady

Headless Monkey Attack ***
by Ryan Carter

*** designates a WORLD PREMIERE

TRANSIT DoubleBill: London / NYC
Tenri Cultural Institute
34A W. 13th St NYC
(near 6th Ave)

Tickets available at the door:
$15, 12 for students, seniors


TRANSIT is the fresh face of new music. For too long, musicians have been isolated from each other into narrow categories that have diminishing relevance to a digital society in a quickly globalizing world. Taking their cues from the slapdash diversity of the city around them, the artists of TRANSIT seek to create bridges between and among the various schools and styles of music being written and performed today, while embracing innovative projects that are relevant to contemporary culture. Their goal is not to achieve an international style or to promote a particular “sound.” Rather, they champion experimental music from a wide range of influences with the conviction that the music of today is inherently meaningful to audiences and vital to social progress. Paired with superior artistry, shrewd programming, and radically open ears, this determination keeps TRANSIT firmly rooted at the cutting edge of new music.

TRANSIT was founded by an idealistic bunch of like-minded musicians at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. Since 2007, the TRANSIT collective has commissioned composers from around the world, and premiered new works in affordable concerts in New York City. In addition to the DoubleBill Series, TRANSIT pursues other projects focusing on new and experimental music, most recently including a three-part event at Galapagos Art Space featuring So Percussion and Tristan Perich, a large-scale multimedia project with Daniel Wohl, and a sound installation residency at Diapason Gallery. TRANSIT has performed in established new music series and venues (MATA Interval Series, Darmstadt at Issue Project Room, Detour at Le Poisson Rouge, CUNY Grad Center residency) as well as in events that bring new music to diverse audiences (March is Music at Pregones Theater in the Bronx, Astoria Music Society Series, ImagineScience Film Festival). Its individual members have performed in the US and abroad with preeminent groups including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the NOW Ensemble, newspeak (the Harry Partch Ensemble), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, Anti-Social Music, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, NJ Percussion Ensemble, and Sequitur, among others.<

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Beaten Paths is Joe Bergen (left) and Al Cerulo (right)

Formed in the Spring of 2008, The Beaten Paths Percussion Duo is a New Jersey based group to the performance of today’s most cutting edge music. Presenting a diverse repertoire ranging from newly commissioned pieces to modern classics, improvisations, and multimedia collaborations, Beaten Baths relishes in it’s original programming, helping reshape today’s fast-paced contemporary music scene. In the fall of 2008, they collaborated with the Red Light New Music premiering works by Vincent Raikhel, Kyle Hillbrand, Scott Wollschleger, and new music icon Nils Vigeland. Beaten Paths has has performed at Tenri Cultural Institute, Monkeytown, The Player’s Theatre, and William Paterson University.

Beaten Paths is very excited to present this concert. All of the evenings works have been written explicitly for this concert by five of New York’s best composers. Beaten Paths will be joined by Nathan Koci (accordian and French horn), Taylor Levine (electric guitar), Megan Schubert (mezzo-soprano), Aaron Siegel (spoken voice) and Christa Van Alstine (bass clarinet). A portion of the evenings proceeds will be given to the Food Bank for New York City. Please join us for what will be a fantastic evening of music.

Concert Information:
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street
New York, New York 10011

Suggested Donation: $15/$10 students

Four Ways to Eat Cereal by Angélica Negron

VITRIOL by Kyle Hillbrand

Calleman Underworlds by Chris Marinetti

Composition with a Black Arch by Vincent Raikhel

Kitty Hawk (Brother’s Tears) by Aaron Siegel

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On May 22nd, 2010 (8PM) at Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC, TRANSIT presents a recital featuring soloists Joe Bergen (percussion) and David Friend (piano) in a program of works by some of New York’s leading young composers including Ted Hearne, Christopher Marianetti, Tristan Perich, and Daniel Wohl.
About the performers:

Joe Bergen

NYTIMES: ‘finely polished’
GRAMOPHONE: ‘This is a disc to treasure…’

Joe Bergen is an active performer, an advocate of new music, and a co-founder of several ground-breaking groups including TRANSIT (Voice of America: ‘…expertly played…’) and Mantra Percussion (New York Times: ‘…a fresh source of energy.’). Joe also performs with numerous other groups including Beaten Path Percussion Duo, Fragile, and Kyklos, and has collaborated extensively with Newband (the Harry Partch Ensemble), New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the Crossmen Drum Corps, S.E.M. Ensemble, Blarvuster, Aaron Siegel Ensemble, Mad Coyote Group, Jason Cady and the Artificials, Samba NY! and the Instruments. In the fall of 2010, Mantra Percussion will give the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon’s latest work Timber, for percussion sextet. Joe can be heard on Innova, Shsk’h, Peacock, Equilibrium, and Atma Classique record labels as well as playing timpani on the new release of the RockStar video game: Red Dead Redemption.

David Friend

NYTIMES: ‘enlivening vigor’
GUARDIAN (UK): ‘streamlined virtuosity’

David Friend has performed new and experimental music around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), the Chan Centre (Vancouver), and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid) and in alternative spaces such as Issue Project Room, Le Poisson Rouge, the World Financial Center Winter Garden, the Players Theater, and New York art galleries. He has performed with artists including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Talujon Percussion, Trio Mediaeval, Bill Frisell, Red Light New Music, and Ensemble Pamplemousse; and worked with composers including Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Charles Wuorinen, and Steve Reich. As a founding member of the TRANSIT collective, Mr. Friend works with young composers from around the world and performs the latest music from emerging composers. He also enjoys working with artists from other disciplines, such as contemporary dance-theatre troupe Dance Imprints. Recently, Mr. Friend created a multimedia installation in conjunction with the QAS initiative involving found sounds, a live choir, video art, and modern dance.


(Joe Bergen)
Daniel Wohl: Ritual (2009)
Christopher Marianetti: Trench Hero Aria (2010)
Tristan Perich: Observations (2008)

Ted Hearne: One of us, One of them (2005)

(David Friend)
Tristan Perich: Month (2000)
Christopher Marianetti: Y (2005)
Daniel Wohl: Aorta (2010)

Saturday May 22, 8 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W. 13th St.
4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, or L to Union Square
$15/10 student, senior

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