Midori Larsen

Composer/pianist/taiko drummer

A composer, pianist, and taiko drummer, Midori Larsen writes music for chamber ensembles featuring Japanese and Western musical instruments and elements. Integrating melodies and rhythms inspired by Japanese traditional music with Western harmonies, her music explores her multicultural identities and life purpose as a Japanese immigrant woman artist in New York City. Her recent compositions include Yukiwatari, multi-movement music accompanying the original story by Kenji Miyazawa, featuring shinobue, piano, taiko and percussion. Her current work, "Crossing the Seas," highlights the journeys of her late grandmother and herself leaving hometowns as young women and starting new lives in foreign metropolises.

Midori was an Artist-in Residence for Asian American Arts Alliance in Winter 2020-2021.