Midori Larsen

Composer/pianist/taiko drum player/storyteller

A composer-pianist Midori Larsen writes music for chamber ensembles combining the Japanese and Western instruments and musical elements. She appears in concerts as a pianist, taiko drum player, and storyteller. She has performed in Lincoln Center, the National World War II Museum, Tokyo Opera City, among others in the US, Japan, Italy, and Spain. A native of Japan moving to the US alone in her teens, her music explores her cultural identity and her roles in the society. Her recent works include "Yukiwatari," music written to accompany the original story by Kenji Miyazawa, featuring shinobue, piano, taiko and percussion.