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Happy Birthday Variant for Piano Trio

  • Tenri Cultural Institute, NYC 43a West 13th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
James Nyoraku Schlefer

James Nyoraku Schlefer

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 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.

Earlier Event: September 9
Yaddo Annual Meeting
Later Event: October 8
I Hear America Singing (premiere)