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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 Coronet.Please see more detail in the Events page.  We are excited and looking forward to see old and new audiences at the show!

Yukihiro Isso interview and news about Noh Reimagined Festival on WIRE magazine May Issue  – by Clive Bell Yukihiro Isso_page_12

 Akiko on nominating committee  of Classical NEXT has nominated two outstanding Japanese classical music artists .  Classical Next 2016 Nomination Award.



“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.

More details here



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

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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  

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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.


Teatro Bellinzona  (Italy)


 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.

Press Release 



 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)

more details on Culturescapes web page 


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

Watch it!

Akiko contributed an article on Arts Council England on Japan Times 17 April 2014.Japan Times 17 April 14 (1)

Announcement! Hiroaki Takenouchi selected the Classical Next 14 official live showcase artist. 

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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


Concert- Reading


 Festival Il de France   15th September    More information

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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

More information here. Flyer: Piano 4 hands concert

Piano 4 Hands

  • 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.

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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


Fuyuki Enokido BBC Radio Session August 2012