News category: Music

28 September 2017

Gohei Nishikawa London Debut - Special Piano Recital on 14 October

Gohei Nishikawa, a world class pianist who plays only with his seven fingers, will perform in St Lawrence Jewry on 14th October, with a special guest soprano Charlotte de Rothschild. Doors open 6:15PM, concert starts at 7PM. Tickets £20-£25.

Nishikawa, who currently lives in New York City, was a rising young star who performed at the Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall. Tragically in 2001, Nishikawa began his battle with Dystonia, neurological disorder which impairs and distorts motor movements. Through years of rehabilitation, he has slowly regained his ability to play with his right hand and the two working fingers on his left hand.

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30 June 2017

Celebrating Tanabata at Rich Mix on Saturday 8 July 2017

For one night only, from 7pm on Saturday 8 July, Rich Mix is going Japanese! Rhythm Passport will bring sounds, rhythms, colours and food from Japan to London’s East End.  Rich Mix will celebrate Tanabata – the ‘Star Festival’ of Japan – commemorating the meeting of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Just once a year, on the

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1 February 2017

Japan Sound Portrait: Thursday 16th March 2017, 7:30pm Café OTO

Japan Sound Portrait – Thursday 16th March 2017, 7:30pm at Café OTO (18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL)

Japan Sound Portrait is a multimedia project building a variety of aural representations of the country, from a sound map phone application to virtual reality experiences, founded by BBC Radio 3 DJ and Musicity founder Nick Luscombe and KanZeOn film co-director/producer Neil Cantwell

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2 December 2016

Concert by Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki on 14 Dec 2016

Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki – Wed 14th Dec, 7.45pm (doors 7.15)
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF

Love, loss, hardship and a nostalgic pining for one’s hometown are the subject of the Japanese “enka” and “minyo” performed by virtuoso musician Hibiki Ichikawa (Tsugaru shamisen) and Akari Mochizuki (voice).

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15 September 2016

The end of the Tokyo Madrigal Club

I received an invitation today for what will apparently be the final concert of the Tokyo Madrigal Club. Admission is free, and it’s on October 10 (a National Holiday in Japan) from 2.30-4.30, at Wesleyan Holiness Asakusabashi Church. I’m not sure how many people have heard of the Tokyo Madrigal Club, but it’s the end

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22 March 2016

Menuhin Competition London, 7-17 April 2016 - celebrating the Menuhin centenary

The world’s leading competition for young violinists, the Menuhin Competition London 2016, begins on 7th April with the Opening Concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall including 2014’s Junior 1st Prize winner, Japanese Rennosuke Fukuda. You can see Rennosuke’s winning performance here: Starring 44 violin prodigies from around the world, 7 of whom are Japanese,

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28 July 2015

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Comes to Tokyo

Following the huge success of their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 2014, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is performing at Opera City in Tokyo on August 20th 2015 at 7pm. The concert is the culmination of this year’s project, organised by the UK-based charity Keys of Change. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Panos Karan, the founder of Keys of Change, has been working with young musicians from middle schools in Fukushima for the past four years.

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