Maxi Priest

Music / Concert Previews Jun 25, 2010

Maxi Priest

He just wants to be close to you, and to get close to Maxi Priest all you have to do is visit a couple of jazz clubs in Tokyo in early July. The British reggae singer, who scored hits in the late 1980s and early ...

The Waraku Ensemble

Music / Concert Previews Apr 2, 2010

The Waraku Ensemble

Traditional Japanese music is called wagaku; using the same Chinese characters, a new band calls itself the Waraku Ensemble, with the change in pronunciation signifying "ease" or "comfort." Their first album, "Japanese Cafe Music," released last month, features traditional instruments playing Japanese pop songs ...

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Mar 26, 2010

Soudant returns to Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

Drawing upon the energy and enthusiasm of British guest conductor Rumon Gamba, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) thrilled the Suntory Hall audience during their last concert there: Before intermission, four beautifully harmonized French horns featured on Robert Schumann's Konzertstuck; after, the orchestra created a ...

Chris Botti

Music / Concert Previews Mar 19, 2010

Chris Botti

Picture a smooth-jazz pop icon like Kenny G playing trumpet like Miles Davis circa his "Kind of Blue" phase while looking like a heartthrob and you get Chris Botti. Not that the 47-year-old American is anything like either musician, with his penchant for pop ...

Regional resonance

Music | ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT 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'

Music 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

Music / Concert Previews 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 ...

Music / Concert Previews 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

Music / Concert Previews 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 ...