Tickets £7 / £5
Noh Reimagined – The contemporary art of classical Japanese theatre
13,14th May 2016 Kings Place, London
Noh is a total art form comprising drama, music and dance. Originating in Japan in the 14th century, it is one of the oldest unbroken performance traditions in the world. This two-day festival explores the art of Noh, in particular its aesthetic concepts and uniquemusical rhythms and tempos, which continue to inspire artists across diverse art forms.
Some of the finest Noh performers from Japan will present selections from classical Noh masterpieces such as Takasago and Toru. Master Shiteactor-performer, Yoshimasa Kanze, will dance to Noh percussion instruments punctuated by the space, voice and haunting pitches of the nohkan (flute) played by Yukihiro Isso.
The festival will transform Kings Place into another world.
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Yukihiro Isso with Roger Turner & Takinojo Mochizuki & John Edwards
( and celebration of album launch)at Cafe Oto 4th February 2016.
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Noh Project UK 2016 starts 10 August.
This year, it is linked with Sound and Music’s Portfolio Programme to develop new compositions by two emerging English composers in partnership with mu:arts.
Kachimba 4 from Okinawa is selected for off WOMEX showcase artist!
Budapest, Hungary 21-25 October 2015
Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra at Torino Jazz Festival 31st May , 21:00 Piazza San Carlo
Kentaro Kobayashi: Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life (UK Premiere)
3 & 4 February 2015 Leicester Square Theatre, London
Tokyo’s most creative comedy artist is coming to London!
Utterly artistic, unique and quirky! Mr Potsunen pops out from a funny and adventurous dream.
Kentaro’s theatrical works have been so popular in Japan that hopeful audience members have to draw lots to win the right to buy a ticket! Kentaro has gained fame from a short film series “The Japanese Tradition ” which has become an internet phenomenon, one of which “ Shazai ” was the official selection for short film competition at Berlin Film Festival in 2007. This will be the first chance for a UK audience to see him perform live on stage!
Culturescapes and mu:arts present AKI&KUNIKO Swiss tour 30 October – 7th November
10/30（Thu） Bird’s Eye Club(Basel)
11/1 （Sat） Im Rathaus um 4 (Thun)
11/4 （Tue） Teatro Sociale (Bellinzona)
11/6 （Thu） Kulturpunkt (Flawil)
11/7 （Fri） ADEM (Geneve)
Music from Okinawa at WOMEX 14 in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 22-26 October
11am -Thu 23 October – Asia Pacific Networking meeting
16:30 – 18:00 Firday 24 October – Music Reception featuring SAKISHIMA MEETING
stand no 140-141
Japan-Siwss 2014 Project 1
Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono concerts at Museum Ethnography 6,7th February 2014
Musée d’ethnographie, Rue Saint-Nicolas 4, CH-2000 Neuchâtel
Hiroaki Takenouchi (piano) New Music Sunday Concert series at Kettle’s Yard ,2nd March 2014
Luigi Dallapiccola: Quaderno musicale di Annalibera (14’)
Jeremy Dale Roberts: Oggetti: omaggio a Morandi (20’)
John Hopkins: Disjunct Variations (12’)
Edwin Roxburgh: Studies (16’)
Niccolò Castiglioni: Come io passo l’estate (9’) More information
mu:arts will participate in WOMEX 2013, Cardiff. (23-27 October 2013)
Also we will support music from Okinawa ( stand No 173)
Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono encounter Van Gogh 15th September at
2nd Edition of Japan Music Fest at Parco della Musica, Rome 22nd, 23rd July 2013 feautring Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, and Aki&Kuniko.
Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono Germany, Belgium, Holland and
festival mawazine, Morocco tour 8 ~ 28 May 2013
8th May Köln
10th May Detmold
11th May Brüssel
13th May Bergkamen
14th May Hamm & WDR radio recording
15th May Düsseldorf
16th May Wuppertal
18th May Leiden/ NL
19th May Nijmegen
21th May Hagen
22th May Herne
23th May Remscheid
24th May Gelsenkirchen
25th May Bonn
26th May Sankt AugustinIMAGE
In collaboration with alba kultur
28th May Festival Mawazine, Morocco Rabat -dedicated to Silk Road theme.
Mieko Miyazaki ( koto)concert with Orchestra of the Swan 31 May. More info
Alnwick Garden, Sakura Festival 13 April~ 27 April 2013
mu:arts co-programmes the 3 -weeks festival with Alnwick Garden.
Shunsuken Kimura & Etsuro Ono invited to perform at WOMADelaide 8~11 March and WOMAD New Zealand 15~17 March 2013.
8th Performance WOMADelaide & ABC Radio recording
9th Taste the World ( Kimura & Ono introduces recipe from Norh East Japan) WOMADelaide
10th Performance WOMADelaide
11th Workshop WOMADelaide
15th Workshop WOMAD NZ
16th Performance & Taste the World WOMAD NZ
Routan Nichi-nichi Shmbun, a local paper in Kyoto prefecture features about Big Dance project. (12 May)
London Bon Dancers workshop at Horniman Museum
London Bon Dancers invited to globalfest2012, one of the most exciting culnary events in London.
Bu U and London Bon Dancers perform for Japan Festival
MAREWREW debut at WOMAD Charlton Park, 29 July 2012
and internationally renowned Tonkori player OKI will join Marewrew.
Japan Festival 2012 25 July, London (UK)
Shunsuke Kimura x Etsuro Ono summer 2012 tour schedule
5th & 6th July, Forde (Norway) Forde World Music Festival
13 July, Arles (France) Les Suds à Arles
Japanese Music Festival at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome 11th-12th July 2012
mu:arts joins production of the first Japanese music festival in Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, the most significant arts centre in Italy, designed by Renzo Piano.
Wednesday 11th July
Shunsuke Kimura x Etsuro Ono
Thursday 12th July
Japanese music festival at Museum Rietberg 7th – 8th July 2012
The Museum Rietberg Zurich is the only art museum for non-European art in Switzerland exhibiting an internationally renowned collection of art from Asia, Africa and Ancient America. The Museum Rietberg will host a Japan Festival on the 7th and 8th July 2012. The festival is linked to the special exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the collection of Honolulu Museum of Art, “The Beauty of the Moment” (7 July – 14 October 2012).
Saturday 7th July (Tanabata)
– Flying Zoo: Sizzle Ohtaka (vocal), Miwazo (chindon), Yoshiaki Sato (accordion), and Yuji Tsunemi (oud)
– Kumiko Suzuki Taiko group
Sunday 8th July
– Shunsuke Kimura x Etsuro Ono
– Sizzle Ohtaka
– Kumiko Suzuki Taiko group
– Grand Finale
Kumiko Suzuki ( taiko) Sat 23rd June at 3:30pm
Bon Dance Workshops & Performance June 2012
Bon Dance is a very popular community dance for everyone. It originated in Japan and has more than 400 years of history. As part of Big Dance 2012 , London Bon Dancers, a London-based Bon Dance group will offer workshops for older people in the Borough of Islington, London.
Dates: Fridays 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 June
Place: Peel Centre, Peel Circus, London WC1X 9EY
event details here
This project is generously supported by Big Dance Micro Grant and Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
mu:arts joins Big Dance 2012
Big Dance 2012 will be the UK’s biggest celebration of dance. Thousands of event will take place between 18th May to 15th July in all sorts of locations, in all sorts of dance styles!
Bu U [bu yu:] 舞遊 on Big Dance Bus
Sunday 27 May, White Lion Street, Islington
Big Dance is the UK’s biggest celebration of dance and dancing, and a highlight of London 2012 Festival, showcasing the diversity of dance styles and cultural attractions. It is featuring thousands of events, including workshops, performances, flashmobs, world record attempts and dancing in unusual spaces.
BuU is a new dance group formed with London based young talented Japanese dancers with Ayaka Furukawa, Yasuna Higuma, Ryota Kodera, Hiromi Satoh, and Yuki Kizawa.
They will present an exciting new choreography inspired by Hanagasa Ondo, a popular folk dance from Tohoku, Japan, spiced with contemporary dance twist.
Meet BuU on Big Dance Bus and enjoy the unmissable experience!
Date: Sunday 27th May 2012, 13:20
Place: White Lion Street, London N1 9PW. See google map.
Open to public
Thursday, October 27
Shunsuke Kimura x Etsuro Ono showcase at WOMEX 2011 ( Copenhagen, Denmark)
Opera North Twilight Concert “Love in the time of Genji”
Howard Aseembly Room Sat 17 September at 5:45pm
‘Is my lord aware
Of an agitated heart
Unsteady as the rope
Slackened when our vessels halts
Charmed by the sound of a koto?’
(The Tale of Genji)
Musicians Melissa Holding and Clive Bell bring classical Japanese music to life in a free early evening concert using traditional Japanese instruments. A 13-stringed koto and a shakuhachi flute feature in music that evokes the long lost Heian-era of 11th century Japan.
This twilight concert includes short extracts from The Tale of Genji, a vividly written Japanese court epic by noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, sometimes considered to be the world’s first novel. Written shortly after the year 1000, the book centres on the romantic adventures of its hero, Genji, the son of the Emperor and his favourite concubine, revealing the life of the Japanese court a thousand years ago.
Love in the Time of Genji is a free event programmed to accompany Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which opens on the Opera North mainstage later on the same evening.
With readings from The Tale of Genji by Yuka Oeda. Yuka is a Teaching Fellow in Japanese at the University of Leeds.
Opera North in Association with mu:arts
FMM Festival 2011
Thursday, July 28
Shunsuke Kimura x Etsuro Ono (Japan), 18:45, Castle
The Tsugaru-shamisen is a string instrument with a special place in the culture of Japan. Kimura and Ono play it with the imagination of jazz and the energy of rock.
FMM Sines – Festival Músicas do Mundo is a music festival held every July in Sines, Alentejo, Portugal.
Organised by the local City Council, it’s a public service, non-commercial, event designed for an audience of music discoverers, who come to Sines for the quality of the programme, the spectacular venues and a spirit regarded as unique among Portugal’s summer festivals.
It is the biggest world music event in the country.
Shunsuke Kimura x Etsuro Ono will perform at WOMAD ( Charlton-Park, Wiltshire) 30, 31 July
Folk Music Japan – A celebration for Tohoku Monday 1 August 2011, 7pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Admission £5 (£2 of each ticket will go to a charity for Tohoku disaster relief)
The moving, masterful DUO (Shunsuke Kimura and Etsuro Ono), fresh from their performance at WOMAD, play Tsugaru shamisen and shinobue flute. Ono-san and his family live near Sendai in the heart of the disaster area.
DUO are preceded by a set of song and dance from Tohoku. The ensemble is led by Yoshihiro Endo (shakuhachi) and Yoshie Asano-Campbell (vocal & dance).
More info and booking https://store.soas.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=77&modid=1&compid=1
Haiku Kamishibai Workshop (Illustrated Haiku Poetry) as part of Islington Exhibits Sat 16th July
Presented by Helen McCarthy and mu:arts.
This workshop will approach traditional Japanese poetry in a new way – using the Japanese storytelling technique of kamishibai (paper theatre).Kamishibai means “Paper Theatre” and kamishibai performers use pictures to illustrate the stories they tell. In this workshop, we will use pictures to inspire and focus our ideas for making haiku, short poems of just three lines.Helen will share a selection of the haiku she has been writing for over 20 years, including those inspired by the natural landscape of her home in East London and by the recent natural disasters in Japan. Using these existing poems, she will demonstrate the technique of linking pictures together to inspire a poem. Anyone taking part can also make their own pictures to inspire or illustrate their own work.There are two ways to present haiku kamishibai – using the kamishibai purely as a basis for the poem, or presenting the poem through both images and words. By the end of the session, everyone taking part will be able to make and perform their own verbal or visual poetry. Helen McCarthy http://tinyurl.com/HMcCblog Follow tweetheart4711 on Twitter for haiku, Japan and random oddity mu:arts –music and arts from Japan.
Fantasie Orientale – Music from Britain and Japan: A cultural exchange Friday 8th July at 7pm
Come and join the evening of music inspired by cultural interactions between Britain and Japan. The “Japanese Village” in Knightsbridge was the first showcase of Japanese culture in London. In search of a juxtaposition of sound – what were the composers’ perception of the “other” culture?
With Children for Children
Spend a day watching performances, take part in workshops and learn all things Japanese to raise money for those affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.
All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated through the Japan Society to help people in the affected areas recover from the devasting effects of the earthquake and tsunami.
Unicorn Theatre, London 11am-4pm Sun 19th June
Geoffrey Museum Open Evening: Japanese Home Cooking Demonstration, Workshop and Tasting as part of “At Home in Japan” – Wednesday 18 May
An evening inspired by our special exhibition will include a curator-led talk and a demonstration about Japanese food and customs. You will also have an opportunity to create your own bento box and make onigiri (rice balls). For more information, see our event page.
Play for Japan – Charity event at McQueen – Tuesday 26 April
8pm Naomi Suzuki Show
9:30 pm Kumiko Suzuki (Taiko Drum)
Hibiki – Resonances from Japan – 3-5 March 2011
“the week was truly outstanding and a highlight of our programming year”
Peter Millican, CEO Kings Place
Kings Place welcomes acclaimed artists: Mayumi Miyata (sho), Michiyo Yagi (koto) and the Kimura & Ono DUO (tsugaru-shamisen, fue). Hear them play rare classical pieces and modern contemporary eastern and western music. This series of concerts promises to deliver unique boundary pushing experiences in reflecting Japan’s own rich musical heritage and fast-moving modern culture.
Come and hear the sound of instruments you don’t get a chance to hear in the West played by virtuosos. This unique programme features (amongst other things) first time collaborations between renowned artists from Japan, legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker, the London Sinfonietta and music by Nick Drake played on the koto and John Cage played on the shō.
Day one – 3 March
Our 1000-year journey begins on Thursday 3 March with Mayumi Miyata and Shō: Sound of Eternity. Presenting traditional Gagaku pieces and contemporary works for shō, one of the oldest instruments in the world. Miyata is one of the world’s most accomplished players, not only in traditional Japanese forms but in Western avant garde and popular music. The sound inspired western composers such as Stockhausen, Brian Eno, Björk and John Cage, withCage dedicating many pieces to Mayumi Miyata
Miyata presents an ancient traditional Gagaku piece as well as contemporary piece by Toru Takemitsu and by John Cage with London Sinfonietta. There will also be a pre-concert talk at 6pm with Mayumi Miyata.
Day two – 4 March
Tsugaru-Shamisen bring the Sheer Wind from The Northwith the Kimura & Ono DUO
The dynamically powerful, yet soulful and sensitive sound of the tsugaru-shamisen has the ability to fascinate people from around the world. Kimura Shunsuke & Etsuro Ono are both powerful innovators and virtuosos of the three string lute,tsugaru-shamisen. Requiring a highly accomplished technique for speedy playing, a refined sense of dynamic rhythm and creativity for improvisation, like jazz music.
The duo travelled to every corner of Japan assimilating the various melodies, rhythms and styles of folk and traditional festival music. They have taken their dynamic semi-improvised style from Tsugaru region in new contemporary directions, presenting both traditional pieces and new materials fusing original folk sound with the soul and blues rhythms of the West. Pre-Concert Talk: 6pm by Shunsuke Kimura at St Pancras Room.
Day three – 5 March
A rare opportunity to see a complete concert with Michiyo Yagi and legendary improvisor Evan Parker.Having collaborated with John Zorn, Jim O’Rourke, Mark Dresser and Keiji Haino, Yagi is one of the most adventurous and eclectic koto performers who continuously challenges conventions. This program will reveal how Yagi’s exploratory nature is a natural extension of the more avant garde elements found in traditional koto music.
Music in Manga sees eminent comic historian Paul Gravett examining the influence that traditional Japanese music has had over popular culture.
Meanwhile the London-based fusion group i.Ro.Ha, named after the Japanese alphabet give us with their own modern take on Japanese musical folklore.
Creative Music Workshops – Open to all
Hibiki – The secret sounds of Gillespie Park – starting Saturday 26th February from 12pm-4pm
The music festival at Kings Place 3-5 March, HIBIKI – Resonances from Japan, is coming to Gillespie Park in North London for a full week of creative music workshops and an opportunity to create a new piece for the last day of the Festival at Kings Place, King’s Cross, on Saturday 5th March.
Kumiko Shuto (Satsuma Biwa) Europe Tour 3-6 February 2011
4 Feb Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, Belgian
5 Feb Tropentheater, Amsterdam, Holland
6 Feb Rasa Utrecht, Holland
WOMAD Charlton Park
London Bon Dancers and London Bon Musician
Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo Malaysia
Kimura & Ono DUO
Nihon Buyo ( Japanese Classical Dance) Lecure & Demonstration by Senzo Nishikawa X, Living National Treasure
Kings Palce, London / Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge
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September –October 2009
Tsuruga Wakasanojo“Living National Treasutre”, Shinnai Joruri
performances and workshops in 4 countries, 10 cities have completed with a great success.
25 September, at Chester Beatty Library (Dublin), as part of their “Cultural Night”, Tsuruga Wakasanojo was headlined on RTE prime time news!
19 September London Bon Dancers at Spitalfiled “Matsuri” Festival
London Bon Dancers performed and gave workshops leading to big carnival procession at Spital Field Matsuri Festival.
23 September Taro Hakase “SOLD OUT” Recital at Cadogan Hall
June 2009 Takeichiro HIRAI (Violin), Motoki Hirai (piano) EU tour
8 June Wigmore Hall (London, UK)
Wigmore Hall concert was supported by The Japanese Embassy in UK, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Exlayer, ANA, Mitsui Corp, and Mikimoto.
Official UK-Japan 150 event
11 June Japanese Embassy in Denmark (Copenhagen, Denmark)
14 June Pau (Pablo) Casals Auditorium / Pau Casals Museum (Catalonia, Spain）
16 June Casa Armatei Hall (Gun Kai Kan) Romania (as part of Japan- Danube Year )
20 June la Maison de la culture du Japon (as part of “National Music Day”)
This tour was supported by Japan Foundation
31 May 2009
Japanese Garden Party at Hammersmith Park
Mu:arts featured London Bon Dancers, Domon Hideaki (guitar) +Saru (vocal), and Kamishibai performance by Derek Carpenter.
Buddhist Monk Chant (Shomyo) Shichiseikai EU Tour
– Official Japan-Danube Year project
2 April Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, Belgian
3 April Tropentheater, Amsterdam, Holland
4 April Rasa Utrecht, Holland
5 April Osterfestival Tirol, Austria
8 April Imago Dei Festival, Austria
This tour was supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan
“Composition 8”. Images kindly reproduced with permission of British painter, Pip Dickens.