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Mme Butterfly: what happened next, with Ignacio Jarquin and Chris Roberts

Mme Butterfly: what happened next, with Ignacio Jarquin and Chris Roberts

Ignacio Jarquin joins the Japan Society to discuss and perform excerpts from his stunning show Mme Butterfly – The One Man Opera. Behind the sweeping emotionalism of Puccini’s popular tragedy Madama Butterfly lies a real-life drama of imperialism and sexual exploitation amid the grittiness of late 19th century Nagasaki. Set thirty years after the end […]

SU:M at Southbank Centre

SU:M at Southbank Centre

SU:M’s name (pronounced “soom”) translates as “breath” and it expresses the physical connection of these two women to the music they create – sometimes a soft sigh, sometimes a cry, sometimes a silent holding of breath. Jungmin Seo plays the gayageum (a massive 25-string zither) and Jiha Park plays wind instruments including the saenghwang (imagine […]

Mami Shikimori – Piano Classics

Mami Shikimori – Piano Classics

Japanese star pianist Mami Shikimori returns to Oxford Proms to perform Beethoven’s « Appassionata » and Chopin’s 24 Preludes plus « En Vers » by Akira Miyoshi from her native Japan. A programme of passion and poetry in Oxford’s historic Sheldonian Theatre. “Shikimori’s every touch brings out beautiful nuances from the melodic lines.” (The Recording […]

Werner von Schnitzler (violin) with cello and piano by Aiki Mori / Asa Mori

Werner von Schnitzler (violin) with cello and piano by Aiki Mori / Asa Mori

Programme: Claude Debussy : Piano Trio in G major Andantino con moto allegro Moderato con allegro Andante espressivo Finale – appassionato Ludwig van Beethoven : Piano Trio in E-flat major Op. 70, no. 2 Poco sostenuto – Allegro, ma non troppo Allegretto Allegretto, ma non troppo Finale. Allegro Artist info: Werner von Schnitzler (1978) is […]

Current Location (Fellswoop Theatre)

Current Location (Fellswoop Theatre)

The Japan Foundation is pleased to support performances of Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada’s Current Location, performed by the award-winning British company Fellswoop Theatre. The immersive piece of theatre written in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster was originally presented by the company as a work-in-progress performance at the Japan Foundation in early 2014 […]

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio

Japanese- born, New York City-based pianist Chihiro Yamanaka is one of her native country’s most popular and we are very excited to welcome her to London’s most famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s. She has recorded twenty albums principally for the Verve/Universal label, many of which have featured US heavyweights such as bassist Larry Grenadier and […]

Open Day Concert “Ensemble Canon”at Finchcocks Musical Museum

Open Day Concert “Ensemble Canon”at  Finchcocks Musical Museum

Ensemble Canon (consisting of three Japanese opera singers Nobu Yamada, Toshiko Matsudaira, Yoko Yokoyama and a pianist Yoshiko Toyonaga) will hold concerts in the UK to contribute towards the mutual understanding between the UK and Japan. We will sing mainly Japanese songs; our selection includes art songs, opera arias, lyrical songs, shouka (the Japanese beloved […]

“ Voices of Flowers” Ensemble Canon 15th anniversary song concert in the UK

“ Voices of Flowers” Ensemble  Canon 15th  anniversary song concert in the UK

Ensemble Canon (consisting of three Japanese opera singers Nobu Yamada, Toshiko Matsudaira, Yoko Yokoyama and a pianist Yoshiko Toyonaga) will hold concerts in the UK to contribute towards the mutual understanding between the UK and Japan. We will sing mainly Japanese songs; our selection includes art songs, opera arias, lyrical songs, shouka (the Japanese beloved […]

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