KANREKI SURPRISE! Please join us to Celebrate!
A surprise birthday concert for KSA’s Artistic Director
Shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer
Tickets $25 and $15 for students. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006
In Japan, the kanreki tradition (or 60th birthday celebration),symbolizes rebirth. It stretches back to Japan’s adoption of the twelve-pronged, Chinese zodiac calendar through which a 60th birthday marks the completion of a full calendar cycle. Thus, upon reaching 60, a venerable individual may begin life again. Lucky James!
KSA’s birthday concert will honor James as both a performer and a composer. It will feature Schlefer performing his solo Zen honkyoku “Brooklyn Sanya” (a composition with nearly 300,000 youtube plays), a performance of his quartet “Smile on a Buddha Calm” and a unique tribute of musical vignettes being written for the occasion by many of KSA’s commissioned and featured composers.