Arts & Entertainment

Music Goes Zen at Final RRA "Sounds of A Summer Night" Concert Sept. 10

August 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM

SUMMIT, NJ - Reeves-Reed Arboretum continues its global musical trek on September 10, when Grand Shakuhachi Master James Nyoraku Schlefer performs in the final concert of the Sounds of A Summer Night series. 

The New York Times has called the concerts of James Nyoraku Schlefer “melodically inventive, richly textured, and unexpectedly groovy.”  

Schlefer, one of only a handful of non-Japanese artists to have achieved the rank of Grand Master, occupies a special place creating music that bridges Western and Japanese styles.  The timeless sound of the ancient bamboo flute, or shakuhachi,is at once sensual and spiritual, capable of great emotional depth that has captured the minds and hearts of listeners for centuries.  
Schlefer will be joined by the multi-award-winning musician and singer, Yoko Reikano Kimura.  Together they will perform classic and contemporary music for the traditional shakuhachi and the ancient Japanese koto.  The evening’s event will also feature a special garden walk, led by the Arboretum’s Environmental Educator, Lisa Martin,  highlighting Arboretum plants native to Asia and Japan.

As a composer, Schlefer has received numerous high-profile commissions and grants; as an educator as well as a performer, his appearances include lectures about the origin, history, and development of Japanese music.  He has also performed in several orchestral settings including the New York City Opera, the Juilliard School, Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, and at festivals in the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe.

This final concert of the Sounds of A Summer Night series will take place on September 10.  The grounds of the Arboretum will open up at 6 p.m. for concert goers to picnic.  The performance is from 7-8 p.m.  Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.  The cost is free to Reeves-Reed Arboretum members, courtesy of underwriting support from Investors Bank.  There is a $10 donation at the door for non-members, with students admission priced at $5 with a valid ID.  

Sounds of A Summer Night is sponsored by Nick & Tracy McKee, the Grand Summit Hotel, and the Summit Area Public Foundation.  For more information, visit, or call 908/273-8787.

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