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Bamboo Brilliance: A Mujuan Shakuhachi Celebration

Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) virtuoso Kurahashi Yodo II leads an ensemble celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Mujuan Shakuhachi Dojo, a school founded by his father in Kyoto. The group, comprising master students from across the United States, performs traditional solos (honkyoku) from the Edo period (1615‒1868) along with ensemble and contemporary pieces. Joining Kurahashi are Ronnie Seldin, James Schlefer, Stan Richardson, and Phil James, accompanied on koto and sangen by Yoko Hiraoka, Masayo Ishigure, Junko Shigeta, and Miyuki Yoshikami. The American students of Kurahashi’s school have helped created a US following for this musical tradition, founded in seventeenth-century Japan by wandering Zen monks. Categories: After Five. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Related Events: Pre-concert reception at 6:15 pm, provided by the Embassy of Japan. Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30 PM.

Music From China Ensemble: 30th Anniversary Concert

New York’s outstanding Music From China ensemble returns to the Freer Gallery, celebrating its thirtieth anniversary with newly commissioned works for Chinese and Western instruments. Featured are pieces by Grammy Award-winner Zhou Long, Huang Ruo (whose latest work debuted this summer with the Santa Fe Opera), Wang Guowei, Chen Yi, and Eric Moe. The ensemble features such Chinese instruments as the erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), zheng (zither), sheng (mouth organ), and dizi (flute), along with cello and percussion. This concert follows the ensemble’s performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. The complete program includes Chen Yi’s Chinese Dancing Tunes (DC premiere); Huang Ruo’s The Paths (DC premiere); Eric Moe’s Panoramic Guide to Glacier Travel (DC premiere); Wang Guowei’s Leaving Home (DC premiere); and Zhou Long’s Mount a Long Wind (2004). Music From China ensemble members are Wang Guowei, erhu; Chen Yihan, pipa; Zhou Jing, zheng; Hu Jianbing, sheng; Hong-da Chin, dizi; Michael Katz, cello;… Categories: Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets required. Related Events: Pre-Concert Tour: Arts of China, Freer. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 3:00 PM.

The Traveler’s Ear: Scenes from Music

David Kadouch, piano Take an enchanting trip with Bach, Schumann, Liszt, and Bartók as David Kadouch performs travel-inspired music spanning four centuries. The French pianist made his New York City debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after winning top prizes at the Beethoven Bonn Competition and Leeds International Piano Competition. He has performed under renowned conductors Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman, Pierre Boulez, and Daniel Barenboim. His program features Schumann’s Forest Scenes (Waldszenen), op. 82; Liszt’s Three Petrarch Sonnets from Years of Pilgrimage (Années de Pelerinage) and Variations on a Theme of Bach, “Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing” (Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen); Bartók’s Out of Doors; and Bach’s Capriccio on the absence of his most dear brother (Cappricio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo), BWV 992. Categories: After Five. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets required. Related Exhibition: The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia. Friday, December 5, 2014, 7:30 PM.

A Jazz Take on Arab Songs: The Tarek Yamani Trio

Legendary music from the classic era of Arab song is reinvigorated in the jazz arrangements of pianist Tarek Yamani. Born in Lebanon, Yamani performed at a United Nations’ jazz celebration in 2012 with saxophonist Wayne Shorter and Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain. His Freer concert draws from his new CD inspired by music of the leading Arab composers during the mid-twentieth century. The music includes songs made famous by the great Umm Kulthum as well as Mohammad al-Maslub, Sayyid Darwish, Kamil al-Khula’i, Darwish al-Hariri, and Omar Zeeni. The Freer concert follows the August release of his latest CD, Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arab Music. Yamani won first prize in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for his piece “Sama’I Yamani.” He has performed at the MuCEM museum (Marseille), Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt), Ennejma Ezzahra (Tunisia), Blue Whale (Los Angeles), and Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as such New York City clubs as Iridium, Lenox Lounge,… Categories: After Five. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets required. Related Exhibition: Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips. Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:30 PM.