Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival

| Jun 19, 2008

Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival

Following his appearance in 2004, Italian talent Fabio Luisi returns to the Pacific Music Festival this year as principal conductor. Luisi’s dynamic baton and the PMF Orchestra will cap the festival’s finale with a colorful and narrative program, featuring Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem “Don ...

Classical connections to the soul

May 23, 2008

Classical connections to the soul

Although Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi was classically trained at Milan’s Conservatorio, the 52-year-old Turin native has ventured far from his classical roots to create works that draw on an eclectic blend of influences. Einaudi, who recently made his debut in Japan with ...

Step back in time at Ba-rock Music Festival

May 23, 2008

Step back in time at Ba-rock Music Festival

Tokyo’s Mejiro district will take a curious musical sidestep in time from May 30 to June 15 during the fourth staging of the Mejiro Ba-rock Music Festival. “Ba-rock” is a coinage derived from baroque, a style of European music that flourished in the 17th ...

La Folle Journee au Japon 2008

Apr 25, 2008

La Folle Journee au Japon 2008

Musical zing is coming to Tokyo International Forum and the city’s Marunouchi district next week when the La Folle Journee (Days of Enthusiasm) festival presents its fourth annual classical-music spectacular, here titled La Folle Journee au Japon. LFJ originated in Nantes in northwest France ...

Dutchman takes Tokyo orchestra to new heights

Apr 4, 2008

Dutchman takes Tokyo orchestra to new heights

“A first-class orchestra,” Dutch conductor Hubert Soudant says when asked about his first impression of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO), where he has been music director since Sept. 2004. “It was a happy story that began in the 1990s. Little by little, we started ...

A woman who cared

Jan 27, 2008

A woman who cared

A low-budget film about a woman who operated Japan’s first school for disabled children in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) is currently enjoying a long run in Japan and is also being shown in the United States. “Fudeko Sono Ai — Tenshi no Piano (Fudeko, ...

Musette maestro

Dec 7, 2007

Musette maestro

French accordionist Daniel Colin will perform a Paris Musette Christmas concert in Tokyo on Dec. 24. Paris Musette is a style of French accordion music that has been integral to downtown Paris for many generations. Italian immigrants who settled in large numbers in Paris ...

Indian puppetry pulls strings

Nov 16, 2007

Indian puppetry pulls strings

This month, for the first time ever, audiences in Japan will be able to enjoy puppet plays performed in the ancient Yakshagana tradition of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Decked out in splendid costumes, and sporting vivid masklike face-paintings, the inanimate actors of ...

Japanese comic storytelling in English

Oct 26, 2007

Japanese comic storytelling in English

Rakugo story-teller Katsura Kaishi will give an English-language performance on Nov. 7 in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. Originating in the Edo Period (1603-1868), this traditional form of Japanese entertainment sees a lone rakugo-ka (story-teller) sitting on a stage in kimono relating a long and complicated comical ...

Berlin-based artists unite

Oct 19, 2007

Berlin-based artists unite

Writer Yoko Tawada and jazz pianist Aki Takase will perform together on Nov. 2 as part of Art Complex 2007, a new project held by Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, which combines chamber music, art, theater and contemporary dance. Akutagawa Prize-winner Tawada, currently living in Berlin, ...