Regional resonance

| Mar 12, 2010

Regional resonance

In a metropolis the size of Tokyo, it is no surprise that there are several large orchestras and a number of high-quality concert halls. But the number of orchestras performing daily can be hard to keep track of, particularly as some have very similar ...

Shimizu takes sax to Bach's 'Goldberg'

Feb 19, 2010

Shimizu takes sax to Bach's 'Goldberg'

In the center of a large practice room at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo sits tenor saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, instrument at his lips, legs crossed, playing along with four other saxophonists. It looks like a scene from a music class: the graying, 55-year-old teacher ...

Akademie für Alte Musik

Feb 5, 2010

Akademie für Alte Musik

Every year thousands of people visit Hokkaido’s largest city in the dead of winter for the Sapporo Snow Festival. Running from Feb. 5-11, the 61st edition offers good times even at night, when the snow and ice sculptures are lit up. Yet those lucky ...

Nov 27, 2009

Kirilola

Imagine being at sea for days, sailing in utter silence, not a land mass in sight to disturb the ocean view. Slowly, faintly, a voice sings a beautiful melody that grows in intensity as it draws you to her island, like the sirens in ...

Kirilola

Nov 27, 2009

Kirilola

Imagine being at sea for days, sailing in utter silence, not a land mass in sight to disturb the ocean view. Slowly, faintly, a voice sings a beautiful melody that grows in intensity as it draws you to her island, like the sirens in ...

Musette delivers taste of France

Nov 20, 2009

Musette delivers taste of France

Louis Vuitton may have charmed Japanese wallets, but if Dominique Cravic and Daniel Colin have their way, musette will soon enchant Japanese ears and minds. Musette is an accordion-centered traditional French music created in Paris in the 1920s from a mix of sounds by ...

Hiromi 'Place To Be'

Sep 11, 2009

Hiromi "Place To Be"

After leading a trio, dabbling in a quartet and playing duets, Hiromi Uehara is going it alone. The young pianist’s sixth album starts off with her trademark virtuosity of fingers flying across the piano keys, creating a burst of notes that often dazzles. Upon ...

Sadao Watanabe

Aug 28, 2009

Sadao Watanabe

Age is just a number, but for 76-year-old alto saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, some numbers matter. September sees Watanabe — fans and admirers refer to him as “Nabesada” — celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sadao’s Club, his yearly concert series. Watanabe started Sadao’s Club to ...

Junko Onishi

Aug 14, 2009

Junko Onishi

Eleven years is a long time to be out of the spotlight. For a musician, 11 years between albums usually results in a drastic change in style, sometimes not for the better, or an outdated sound that attracts only die-hard fans. However, Junko Onishi, ...

Rei Harakami and Kahimi Karie

Jul 18, 2008

Rei Harakami and Kahimi Karie

During the 3rd-anniversary events at Liquidroom in Ebisu, Tokyo last August, Rei Harakami played with jazz-pop vocalist and pianist Akiko Yano in their group Yanokami. This August, the idiosyncratic, Kyoto-based electronic musician plays with multilingual singer Kahimi Karie at the same venue. Harakami’s ability ...