Bang on a Can All-Stars: Rimpa Reimagined

December 8, 2012
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"…[BOAC] combin[es] the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble."–The New York Times

New York’s fieriest music group, Bang on a Can All-Stars, unveils two new Japan Society-commissioned works that draw inspiration from Rimpa–a Japanese painting movement that spanned the 17th-19th centuries. The first piece is by the red-hot New York-based composer/jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and the other is by celebrated Japanese post-minimalist composer Mamoru Fujieda. In addition, the All-Stars will revive Somei Satoh‘s Shu (Spells), for the first time since its world premiere at the Society in 2004. This time, the piece will be performed to a Rimpaart-inspired visual landscape specially created for this concert by cutting-edge motionographer Nobuyuki Hanabusa.

This concert is presented in conjunction with the Society’s exhibition Silver Wind:The Arts of Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828), showcasing one of the master painters of the Rimpa movement. The exhibition will stay open until 7:30 pm on this evening, free for ticket holders.

$28/$23 Japan Society members

This event is SOLD OUT.
A wait-list for tickets of sold-out shows will be available one hour before curtain at the box office.

Followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

Buy Tickets Online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm. 

This program is supported by Doug and Teresa Peterson and Toshiba America, Inc. and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.

  • Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • 7:30 pm