Wall Street Journal: Adventurous Musicians and the Vocal Gymnastics of Madness

April 13, 2014 11:24 p.m. ET

Kojiro Umezaki plays a shakuhachi, or Japanese flute. Paul Kennedy

Kojiro Umezaki

The Stone

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Kojiro Umezaki is perhaps best known for playing shakuhachi, or Japanese flute, in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, but he is also a composer in his own right. On Monday, as a CD release event for his recent album, “(Cycles),” Mr. Umezaki performs works for shakuhachi and electronics at John Zorn’s East Village venue, the Stone. His influences include, he says, a Dvořák symphony, a Walt Whitman poem and music along the Silk Road. Percussionist and fellow Silk Road Ensemble member Joseph Gramley also performs.