New York’s Duo Yumeno to perform at Rubin Museum’s Spiral Music

Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Rubin Museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.

New York–based koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki create a singular sound inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility. Duo Yumeno’s repertoire includes a dynamic range of compositions, all of which explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and Western music.

Duo Yumeno offers a unique fusion of sound that explores both traditional Japanese and western classical music, commissioning new works and creating their own arrangements. They have just successfully completed a four-year performance project that included an annually commissioned work by the American composer Marty Regan. Their performances have been enthusiastically received in Tokyo, Kyoto, New York, Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Their performance at the Barge Music Festival was highly praised in the New York Times. They were awarded the Janet Latz Professional Fellowship in 2011. In 2013, they were invited to perform in Tekirdag and Istanbul, Turkey. Their tour to Trinidad in 2014 was co-organized by the Japan Foundation NY and the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago. During this tour, they performed for President Carmona at the President’s House. In 2014, they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant, and in 2015, received the Aoyama Baroque Saal Award. Their first CD, “Flowers, Birds, Wind, Moon,” was released in May 2015.