Midori has been awarded a grant for her current project, "Crossing the Seas"! The project now is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Thank you all for attending Dianthus Ensemble Virtual Concert on May 23, 2021 at 7:30pm EST
in celebration for AAPI heritage month, featuring composers of Asian descents.
Featured: Asian American Arts Alliance Virtual Gallery
New Project: "Crossing the Seas"
Midori is working on her first album, Crossing the Seas, inspired by the stories of migration by her late grandmother and her own.
Her late grandmother left her hometown in Okinawa, a far island in Japan with its own distinct culture, as a young woman. She moved to Tokyo, found work, and raised her family. During her lifetime, she hardly spoke about her Okinawa years, which was not uncommon among people from Okinawa. Midori finds a parallel between the two life journeys, which she is featuring in her music. Through this project she is contemplating her cultural and musical identity as an immigrant woman in New York City. Midori is exploring the medium of music as a means for narrating family history. The music will feature Japanese and Western musical instruments and elements.
Please follow Midori as she posts musical ideas for this project on Instagram @midorilarsen
Thank you for joining us online for Kyomei 2021
Together with other taiko players and groups in NYC, I participated in a virtual concert "Kyomei 2021" celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and standing strong against hate crimes against AAPI. Here is the link to the concert!
Midori's unique background
Through her music and her personal story as someone who made her career change to become an artist after having a child, Midori seeks to encourage others to realize their life purpose and take actions toward achievement regardless of circumstances. Her music, written for a small ensemble featuring Japanese melodies and rhythms accompanied by harmonies of Western Art Music, paves the way for new styles of contemporary music. Inspired by the internal dialogue between her innate and later-formed self-images as a Japanese immigrant artist, her music aims to encourage the listeners to celebrate their unique backgrounds.