Thick & Tight’s short film Unclouded Moon was part of Britten Pears Art’s Festival of New 2021 and is an early-stage example of a larger project. Commissioned by Noh Reimagined Festival to create a work in response to Japanese Noh and Kyogen, a 650-year-old classical Japanese dance-drama.
18th &19th May 2021
National Noh Theatre (Tokyo)
Noh Reimagined x Nature Unwrapped 2021 as part of Tokyo Tokyo Festival will take place!
details will be announced soon.
First time Akiko and azuki foundation will collaborate with Dartington in spring festival 2021. The details will come soon.
4th September 2020
Songlines magazine’s October issue (#161) has featured a good review of Yutaka Oyama’s new album” Obi”.
9th September 2020
Newly designed website of THE鍵KEY which was UK premiered in August 2019, is now available ( Bilingual)!
30th July 2020
As part of Coronet Inside Out, Japanese comedian, actor, dramaturg, theatre director, and manga artist Kentaro Kobayashi has shared a recording of his hugely popular solo show Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life in 2017 produced and promoted by Mu:Arts.
26 June 2020
Noh Reimagined 2020 which was due to take place on 26th and 27th will return on 18th and 19th June 2021.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Kings Place.
1st December 2019
“Noh and the Natural World ” Kings Place Magazine Jan-Jun 2020
I wrote a short essay about Nature, and culture of Japan, and Noh.
11th October 2019
“French baroque music meets Noh ”
Working with the Lyon based baroque ensemble Le Concer Hostel Dieu, we had a successful R&D workshop.
The narrative of the project is inspired by the award winning novelist Yoko Ogawa’s “Yasashi Uttae”
20th September 2019
“Noh Reimagined 2020:Spirits of Flowers” 26th & 27th June 2020 is revealed.
15 June 2019
Fantastic review on THE鍵KEY Tokyo Performance by Mercure des Arts
The Toru Takemitsu Composition Award shortlisted on Classical NEXT 2018 INNOVATION AWARD
The Toru Takemitsu Composition Award ( Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation ) nominated by Akiko has been shortlisted !! The Toru Takemitsu Composition Award was established by the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation, to realise the intension of the Foundation’s first artistic director, the late Toru Takemitsu; in order to inspire younger generations all over the world to contribute to the creation of new musical compositions. The unique selection system helps the creation and showcasing of innovative and original orchestral music.
The winner of the award will be determined by an online vote open to the entire Classical:NEXT community to be announced at Classical NEXT 2018. More information
Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June 2018, Kings Place, London
Following the highly successful 2016 edition, Noh Reimagined is returning to Kings Place with an exciting new theme and line-up. The two-day festival explores the art of Noh, the iconic theatrical tradition that originated in fourteenth-century Japan. This edition will shed light on the unique dramaturgy of Mugen (‘phantasmal’) Noh, in which the main actor (shite) appears as a ghost in the dream of a travelling monk performed by the supporting actor (waki). The ghost then tells the tragic story of its past life, expressing deep regret and lamentations, hoping to find peace. Top Noh performers from Japan will work with innovative British artists and neuroscientists in genre-defying collaborations to examine the surreal artistic elements of Noh. Join us to explore time, space and symbolism in Noh theatre through interdisciplinary performances, workshops and talks.
Kentaro Kobayashi Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life 5-8 July 2018 at Print Room at the Coronet
Following the sell out London premier of Kentaro Kobayashi show in early 2015, Mu Arts is promoting the second edition of Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life again. 5-8 July at Print Room at the Coronet.Please see more detail in the Events page. We are excited and looking forward to see old and new audiences at the show!
“Noh-Reimagined” Festival 13,14th May 2016 at Kings Place details revealed. click here
Akiko wrote a column for Sankei Shimbun about “BBC Proms” 4th September.
Sound and Music and Mu:Arts are delighted to announce the two emerging composers who is taking part Portfolio Programme.
Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra overwhelmed Torino. 31 May 2015
Akiko’s article about London Cultural Olympiad 2012 on Sankei Shimbun.
Cultural Olympiad – Legacy from London to Tokyo (sankei shimbun article 11, 14 May)
Call for Portfolio: Noh Theatre Music
As part of the Portfolio programme, Sound and Music, mu:arts and Royal Holloway, University of London offer a fascinating and unique opportunity for two composers to develop skills in writing for the music instruments of the Japanese noh theatre. Call for Portfolio Noh
Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra is making a headline at Torino Jazz Festival this year. 31st May , 21:00 Piazza San Carlo
Akiko Yanagisawa gave key note speech” Promoting Okinawan Music to the world – new potential in 21 century “at Asia Pacific Meeting, Naha, Okinawa 8th Feb 2015
The UK premier of Kentaro Kobayashi, “Mr Potsunen’s Pecuriar Slice of Life”, enjoyed “sold out” for both days.
AKI&KUNIKO tour in South Asia (Nepal, India, and Bangladesh) 5 December – 12 December as part of Japan Foundation tour.
Etsuro Ono first solo album “9 Stories” to be released soon.
Kentaro Kobayashi: Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life (UK Premiere)
3 & 4 February 2015 Leicester Square Theatre, London
Tokyo’s King of Quirkiness is Coming to London
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!
“Music from Okinawa” at WOMEX 2014, Santiago de Compostela, 22-26 October
Hiroaki Takenouchi New Album ” Haydn 4 piano sonata” release 15 September.
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)
Festival Oxygene, 3-5 Oct 2014 @ Café de la Danse, Paris
An exciting new music festival in the most stylish area in Paris! – Hiroaki Takenouchi will perform 2 Haydn sonatas, Nancarrow’s “Two Canons for Ursula” and Prokofiev’s Sonata No.7.
Overview this year’s festival.
Hiroaki Takenouchi gig on 22nd August, The Husum Castle, Germany
AKI&KUNIKO gig on 29th April in Tokyo
Akiko contributed an article on Arts Council England on Japan Times 17 April 2014.Japan Times 17 April 14 (1)
Japan-Swiss 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
mu:arts will participate in WOMEX 2013, Cardiff. (23-27 October 2013)
Visit us at WOMEX stand 173 Music from Miyakojima, Okinawa
“LETTRES À THÉO – VINCENT VAN GOGH “
SHUNSUKE KIMURA & ETSURO ONO – JÉRÔME IMARD
Festival Il de France 15th September More information
2nd Edition of Japan Music Fest at Parco della Musica, Rome 22nd, 23rd July 2013 feautring Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, and Aki&Kuniko, completed with a great success!
Internationally acclaimed piano duo Josef Tong & Waka Hasegawa (Piano 4 Hands) is returning to Wigmore Hall to perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on two pianos to mark the 100th anniversary of the ballet’s première alongside “Three Miniatures” by Dai Fujikura, co-commissioned with the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Mon 22nd June 2013 7:30pm Wigmore Hall
- Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono will perform at Festival Mawazine, Rabat, Morocco along with Rihanna, Deep Purple and George Benson. Kimura & Ono perform on Chellah stage, dedicated to the them of Silk Road. 15:30 28th May.
- Kimura & Ono WDR Radio interview and live recording 21st May
- Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono Germany, Belgium, Holland tour 8th May to 26th May. tour schedule
- The Sound of Japan will perform at World Village Festival, Helsinki.Sun 26. May 13.00–13.40 Mekong Stage
- Mieko Miyazaki (koto) concert with Orchestra of the Swan 31 May. More info
- mu: arts is participating in Classical Next 29 May ~ 1st June in Vienna.
- Japanese Music Fest 2nd Edition at Parco della Musica, Rome. 22 ,23 July 2013 . Details to be announced soon.
Alnwick Garden, Cherry Blossom Festival 13 April – 27 April 2013
mu:arts co-programmes the 3- week festival celebrating Japanese culture and cherry blossoms with Alnwick Garden.
Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono performed at WOMADelaide 8~11 March and WOMAD New Zealand 15~17 March 2013
London Bon Dancers is invited to dance at ITV1 Alan Titchmarsh Show
Wed 6th February at 3pm.
Kumiko Shuto (Satsuma Biwa) will perform Toru Takemitsu November Steps with BBC Symphony Orchestra 7:30pm at Barbican Centre, 2nd February info