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Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 22, 2015
Mono guitarist Goto revisits past compositions on 'Classical Punk and Echoes Under the Beauty'
In 2014, instrumental rock band Mono released two LPs simultaneously: "The Last Dawn" and "Rays of Darkness." The albums stripped the band's sound down to its bare essentials, eschewing the orchestral sounds it had become known for and instead going for the sound of a raw rock band with two emotional...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Apr 12, 2015
Pianist Etsko Tazaki seeks out the legacies of Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert
Whether their lives were long or short, the classic composers tended to cement their legacies in their final days, perhaps the point in their lives when they were at their most philosophical.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 26, 2014
Quack composer Samuragochi contests ¥61 million damages over canceled tour
A composer accused of faking deafness is contesting a damages suit filed over a nationwide tour that was canceled following the revelation that a ghostwriter penned many of his works.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Aug 19, 2014
Musician Rory Viner turns Japan's suicide statistics into a song
Train delays due to jinshin jiko, which euphemistically translates to "human accident" — often a suicide on the tracks — are far from an infrequent occurrence in Tokyo.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jul 22, 2014
Pianist Adachi delves further into the world of Croatian classical music
During his six-year stay in Croatia, pianist Tomohiro Adachi was introduced to a remarkable woman named Dora Pejacevic.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jul 8, 2014
Conductor Hubert Soudant to put down his Tokyo Symphony Orchestra baton
Dutch conductor Hubert Soudant will make his final appearances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra this month, before his contract with the organization officially expires in August.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 15, 2014
A legend of Indian classic dance comes back to Japan after 26 years
Pandit Birju Maharaj, the king of one of the eight classic dances of India, aims to promote Kathak, or an act of storytelling through dance, during his first visit to Japan in 26 years.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Mar 25, 2014
Orchestra to explore Mexico's classical legacy at commemorative concert
The first Japanese to visit Mexico is said to have been samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga. En route to Europe on a diplomatic mission, he arrived in Acapulco in January 1614. The country was under Spanish rule at the time and didn't achieve independence until 1821.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Mar 13, 2014
Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song
The cherry trees of Ueno Park are inspirational in full bloom. Come early spring and Tokyoites head to the area early to snag spots beneath the pink blossoms, which inspire romance, revelry and perhaps more than a few visionary ideas.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2014
'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving
A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly "deaf" composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people with his lies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Feb 15, 2014
Samuragochi scandal shows that tin-eared classical music fans can be suckers for stories
What makes Mamoru Samuragochi's story interesting is not that he got away with his subterfuge for so long, but that the media, the public and even professional musicians accepted the story as being proof of his value as an artist.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 7, 2014
Hiroshima will take back award given to native son Samuragochi
In the wake of the revelation that native son Mamoru Samuragochi did not compose musical scores for which he was credited, the city of Hiroshima has decided to take back an award it gave to him in 2008.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 6, 2014
Samuragochi's ghostwriter speaks
The man who ghostwrote works credited to “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi for the past 18 years stepped forward Thursday as his “partner in crime.”
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Sep 25, 2013
Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe reportedly once said “God is in the details.” Conductor Seiji Ozawa would literally agree. He meets The Japan Times at a cafe he frequents in Tokyo's Seijo district.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Sep 11, 2013
Seiji Ozawa makes a triumphant return to Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto
There's nothing like a comeback story. This summer, Japan saw a return to the stage by Seiji Ozawa, one of the country's most celebrated musicians.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 4, 2013
The new cultural counter-revolution in China
The Chinese Communist Party's promotion these days of Confucianism and Western classical music illustrates the profound transformation this country has made again.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Mar 14, 2013
Miyabi Matsuoka takes an enlightened approach to teaching the harp
To Miyabi Matsuoka, the harp is a mirror that reveals who you really are. She says she can tell the personality of a harp player by the way he or she manipulates the instrument, which affects the sound they create.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 14, 2013
Pianist Yazawa looks to the past to find security in the future
Pianist Tomoko Yazawa always thinks about her music with the future in mind. However, for her latest album, "Playing in the Dark," she made a rare diversion into the past — specifically, France at the end of the 19th century.

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