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Turning 80 this year hasn’t interrupted Isao Tomita in his search for new musical possibilities. Known to many as the father of Japanese electronic music, the artist is about to turn his latest dream into a (virtual) reality, by collaborating with computer-generated diva Hatsune Miku. This weekend, Tomita will welcome her on stage to sing with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra when they perform his “Symphony Ihatov.”

Being the first Japanese musician to incorporate a synthesizer into a composition, Tomita has always been a pioneer for which he has been recognized both here and abroad. Highlights from his career include composing the music for two animated series based on works by Osamu Tezuka: “Jungle Emperor Leo” and “The Ribbon Knight” (also known as “The Princess Knight”). This connection to the country’s most influential manga writer helped boost his success.

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