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Artists

Instruments and art forms that we’ve showcased include:

Traditional/ Traditional Cross- Over:

  • Gagaku (ancient court ensemble)

  • Shamisen (three string banjo)

  • Joruri (narrative singing with shamisen)

  • Jiuta (narrative singing with shamisen and koto)

  • Shakuhachi (bamboo flute)

  • Fue (Japanese flute of various types)

  • Koto (13,17,20-string long zither)

  • Shomyo (buddhist monk chant)

  • Taiko drumming

  • Tsugaru-shamisen (folk music started by blind shamisen musicians in Northern Japan)

  • Satsuma- Biwa

  • Noh hayashi instruments: Nohkan flute, Otsuzumi, Kotsuzumi, Shimedaiko

 


Performing Arts

  • Noh theatre

  • Ningyo Joruri (Puppet theatre with story telling)

  • Kagura (Shintoism festival dance/music)

  • Bon Dance (Popular Folk Dance) and other traditional festival dances

  • Contemporary dance

  • Theatre


Others

  • Manga

  • Kamishibai (Paper theatre performance)

  • Shogi (Japanese chess)

  • Culinary Arts

  • Food

  • Design

  • Visual Arts


Artists mu:arts worked with:

Classical Japanese:

Akiko Fujii (Jiuta), Tsuruga Wakasanjo XI (Shinnai), Jumei Tokumaru (Shakuhachi), Yoshiko Kurashashi (Shakuhachi), Bichu Kagura (Kagura), Shichiseikai (Shomyo), Hakodate Kodomo Kabuki Group, Kumiko Shuto (Satsuma Biwa), Fuyuki Enokido (koto), Yukihiro Isso ( Nohkan flute), Tatsushi Narita( Kotsuzumi), Mitsuhiro Kakihara( Otsuzumi), Kiyoshi Yoshitani( shimedaiko), Kuniko Obina( koto)

Traditional Japanese  Cross Over :

Yoko Nishi (koto), Hiroshi Motofuji (taiko), Mayumi Miyata (sho), Michiyo Yagi (koto), Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono (Tsugaru-Shamisen, Fue), TsuguKaji-KOTO (koto), AKI & KUNIKO (koto, guitar), Yukihiro Isso(all flutes)

Traditional Japanese  x Western Contemporary:

Mayumi Miyata (sho) x London Sinfonietta, Michiyo Yagi (koto) x Evan Parker (saxophone), Tsugaru Shamisen x DJ Click (DJ).  Yukihiro Isso x Roger Short ( percussion), Yukihiro Isso x Evan Parer

Western Classical Music:

Takeichiro Hirai (cello), Motoki Hirai (piano), Hiroaki Takenouchi( piano), Kunihiko Komori (marimba), Madeline Mitchelle (violin).

Jazz/ Fusion/Cross Over:

Sizzle Ohtaka (voice),  Joji Hirota (percussion, Japanese folk song),  Mamoru Okuno (Sound Artist), Shibusa Shirazu Orchesra, Taro Hakase( violin)

Japanese Folk Dance:

London Bon Dancers, Bu U.

Performing Arts

Kamishibai (Paper theatre performance), Richard Emmert (noh), Kentaro Kobayashi (Theatre)


We have presented at the following festivals and venues

UK:

Brighton Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, WOMAD, Little Chili Festival, Bath International Music Festival, City of London Festival, Canterbury Festival, International Aberdeen Youth Festival, Music Port Festival (Whitby), Chelsea Festival (London), Liverpool Biannial, Peterborough Festival, Brighton Children’s Book Festival and others.

Europe:

Paleofestival (Switzerland), FMM Festival (Portugal), Imago Dei Festival (Krems, Austria), Osterfestival (Tirol, Austria), Istraetono Jazz Festival /Zagreb World Music Festival (Croatia), WOMEX (2004-2012), Forde World Music Festival (Norway), Masala Festival (Germany), Music Meeting( Holland),Warsaw Cross Culture Festival (Poland), Les Suds a Arles/Festival Ile de France ( France)

Beyond Europe:

Istanbul International Music Festival (Istanbul), Rain Forest Music Festival (Malalysia), WOMADelaide, WOMAD New Zealand,  Mazawane Festival (Morocco) The International Folk Performing Arts Festival (Japan).


Venues

UK:

Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, St Johns Smith Square, Wigrmore Hall, LSO St. Lukes, ICA, Spitz, Ritzy Cinema, Banqueting House, St. James Church, Asia House, Brunei Theatre (London), Royal Pavilion Theatre (Llangollen, Wales), Urbis (Manchester), SOAS, St Cecilia’s Hall (University of Edinbugh), Geffrye Museum, Japanese Embassy, Japan Foundation and others.

Europe:

Tropentheare (Amsterdam), Rasa (Utrecht), Chester Beatty Library (Dublin), Zuiderpershuis (Antwerp), Maison de la Culture du Japon (Paris), Auditori Pau Casals (El Vendrell, Spain), Casa Armatei (Brasov, Romania), Auditorium Parco della Musica, Museum Reitberg/ Musée d’ethnographie, Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Japan:

National Theatre (Tokyo) and others.

mu:arts have organized successful corporate events for clients including IMAGINATION, educational workshops of Japanese music and culture for schools, community and adults.