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. Her music explores her sense of self and life purpose as a Japanese immigrant woman artist in New York City. She has performed in Lincoln Center, Tokyo Opera City, among others in the US, Japan, Italy, and Spain. Her recent past works include Yukiwatari, multi-movement music accompanying the original story by Kenji Miyazawa, featuring shinobue, piano, taiko and percussion. Her current work, “Crossing the Seas,” is inspired by her late grandmother’s stories of migration from Okinawa Island to Tokyo in late 1930s and the reflection of her own journey, from Yokosuka City to Los Angeles and to New York City in late 1990s. Midori was an Artist-in-Residence for Asian American Arts Alliance in Winter 2020-2021.