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Tsugaru soul man

May 7, 2003

Tsugaru soul man

“Artistic skill that cannot be appreciated by young people is bound to fade away.” — Legendary Tsugaru shamisen player Chikuzan Takahashi, in his autobiography, published in 1975 It’s one thing to popularize music, but it’s another to ensure that it lasts. For the past ...

Pulling a few strings for teens

Apr 30, 2003

Pulling a few strings for teens

Last summer, at his annual Saito Kinen Festival in Nagano Prefecture, maestro Seiji Ozawa chose to perform the opera “Peter Grimes,” in which the sea imagery represents the protagonist’s emotions. Harpist Naoko Yoshino, one of the invited guest musicians, contributed greatly to the opera’s ...

Shooting from the soul

Apr 24, 2003

Shooting from the soul

Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone met at a diving class when they were students. Then, after graduation, they worked on an environmental-impact assessment project in the beautiful Fal estuary in Cornwall, southwest England, where a new port was being planned. It was the love ...

Leading the way

Jan 22, 2003

Leading the way

In 1995 Tomomi Nishimoto was regularly sneaking into an auditorium to watch an esteemed Bolshoi maestro rehearse. Seven years later, she was appointed the first Japanese chief conductor of Russia’s state-run Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra Millennium. The recent chapters of Nishimoto’s career might sound like ...

There's cows in them there hills

Dec 8, 2002

There's cows in them there hills

Even today, most of the “milk” in Japan is soymilk, eaten as tofu. The lactic sort, from cows, may be steadily growing in popularity, but consumption per person is still only around a liter a week, according to government data issued last year. Even ...

The world out there

Dec 4, 2002

The world out there

It is a few minutes before rehearsal. A tall, slender man, dressed in a loose cardigan, is checking the stage of the concert hall where he will perform a Debussy cello sonata that night. The hair at the back of his head sticks out ...

Thwarted prodigy scales the heights

Oct 20, 2002

Thwarted prodigy scales the heights

In the world of popular classical music, few stars shine brighter than that of pianist Fujiko Hemming, whose debut CD, “La Campanella,” has sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide and collected a Japan Gold Disc Award and numerous classical album of the year awards ...

The maestro at work

Sep 11, 2002

The maestro at work

MATSUMOTO, Nagano Pref. — “What does everyone think?” There is silence. The maestro waits a few beats, and with perfect timing, he asks again, “What do you think?” The reputation of world-renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa is daunting, as is his appearance, with his dramatically ...

Oct 31, 2001

A window on Miyazaki's animated world

The films of Hayao Miyazaki represent the height of two-dimensional animation, but Takaaki and Yuriko Yatsuda have helped bring them into the third dimension. Visitors to the Ghibli Museum Mitaka can stand in the shadows of the artists’ stained-glass works, which colorfully depict the ...

| Aug 8, 2001

Mamady Keita and Sewa Kan

The rhythms Mamady Keita draws from the djembe can make one feel as though awakened from centuries of sleep or even perhaps strangely nostalgic. They are at once familiar and fresh, offering the forgotten comforts of a mother’s heartbeat and stimulating senses unused in ...