Duo YUMENO is New York based koto / shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki, who together create a singular fusion sound, inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility. Duo YUMENOâ€™s repertoire includes a dynamic range of compositions â€“ both traditional and contemporary - all of which explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music. Duo YUMENO champions works by contemporary American and Japanese composers, including Marty Regan, Daron Hagen, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Gene Coleman, Yoko Sato, Martin Max Shreiner, Lou Harrison, Minoru Miki, Takatomi Nobunaga and Hiroki Tamaki. In 2014, they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant to commission a new work by Gene Coleman, and in 2015, received the Aoyama Baroque Saal Award. Their activities have been featured in the media, like the New York Times, Chamber Music Magazine, New York Classical Review, Yomiuri Shimbun, HÅgaku Journal and NPR.
The duoâ€™s name YUMENO å¤¢ä¹ƒ means â€œof dreamsâ€ in Japanese. It is taken from a scroll which was given to Hikaru by Soko Morinaga, the Zen Buddhist master from whom Hikaru received his name. The text reads å¤¢ä¹ƒé‡Œç„¡ç‰‡é›² (In the land of dreams, not a single cloud exists.) The duo cherishes the scroll and took the first two characters for their name, hoping that their dreams will be as clear as a pure blue sky.