The cultural legacy of <em>erhu</em> artist WeiWei Wuu

Music Jun 13, 2017

The cultural legacy of erhu artist WeiWei Wuu

by Chiho Iuchi

When erhu artist WeiWei Wuu took to the stage at Shanghai Concert Hall on April 30, she delivered a show that could be described as out of the ordinary. The Chinese audience likely expected to see a woman playing the traditional instrument while seated, wearing ...

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

Music Dec 29, 2016

Shamisen faces crisis as cat skins fall from favor

by Dave Hueston

Few instruments are as integral to a nation's traditional culture as Japan's shamisen, whose evocative sound accompanies a range of performances from kabuki and puppet plays to folk songs and geisha entertainments in teahouses. But in the 21st century, the three-stringed instrument is facing something ...

Asia's music cultures come together at gig

Music Nov 15, 2015

Asia's music cultures come together at gig

by Miina Yamada

Music director Kishiko Kawaguchi will host a concert Nov. 29 that some Japan Times readers can attend free. The show has a lengthy title — The 24th Kishiko International Music Concert Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations Between Japan and Korea ...

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

Music Oct 9, 2014

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

by James Hadfield

This month, artists from 34 countries will congregate in Tokyo for the latest edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a caffeine-fueled creative hothouse organized by the world's most ubiquitous energy drink brand. For participants, the event offers a chance to attend closed-door ...