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SELF ORGANIZING PROJECTS

The Japan Foundation, New York creates opportunities for people in the U.S. to encounter Japanese performing arts through its self organizing programs.

 

UPCOMING

Top, from left to right: Erena Terakubo, Shunzo Ohno, Mao Sone. Bottom, from left to right: Yoko Miwa, Meg Okura & Noriko Ueda


BLUE NOTE & THE JAPAN FOUNDATION PRESENT:

EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH

April 9, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Erena Terakubo
April 16, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shuzo Ohno
April 23, 11:30am: Mao Sone
April 23,1:30pm: Yoko Miwa Trio
April 30, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Meg Okura & The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble


The Blue Note and the Japan Foundation once again present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This Brunch series will take place on four consecutive Sundays in April at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.


To purchase tickets, for more information, please visit the Blue Note New York website.


 

2016

Photo (from left to right):Hiromi Suda, Yoko Miwa, Martha Kato, Kyoko Oyobe, Shoko Amano, Nobuki Takamen


BLUE NOTE & THE JAPAN FOUNDATION PRESENT:

EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH

April10, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Hiromi Suda Sextet
April 17, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Yoko Miwa Trio
April 24, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Martha Kato Ensemble
May 15, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Kyoko Oyabe Group
May 22, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shoko Amano with Norman SImmons Quartet
May 29, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Nobuki Takamen Trio


The Blue Note and the Japan Foundation once again present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This Brunch series will take place on five consecutive Sundays from April 10th through May 29th at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.


To purchase tickets, for more information, please visit the Blue Note New York website.


Photo by Valerie Oliveiro


Recycling: Washi Tales

March 24, 25, 8pm

 

Recycling: Washi Tales, co-presented with Asia Society, uses live performance to enliven human stories contained in sheet of washi (Japanese handmade paper) as it is recycled through time. Four tales of paper making from different periods of Japanese history unfold on stage with an extraordinary ensemble of performers and musicians, in a world created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe.


To purchase tickets, for more information, please visit the Asia Society website.


2015

Photo (from left to right): Mika Mimura, Hiromi Suda, Martha Kato, Sumie Kaneko, Takeshi Ohbayashi


BLUE NOTE & THE JAPAN FOUNDATION PRESENT: EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH

April 5, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Mika Mimura Group
April 12, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Hiromi Suda
April 19, 11:30am & 1:30pm" Martha Kato Trio
April 26, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Sumie Kaneko
May 3, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio


The Blue Note and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This Brunch series will take place on five consecutive Sundays from April 5th through May 3rd at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.


To purchase tickets, for more information, please visit the Blue Note New York website.


2014

(C) Hiroyuki Seo

A New Generation of Jazz from Japan Featuring Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda and Ensemble

March 8, 2014 Asia Society (New York, NY)


Japan Foundation, New York presented "A New Generation of Jazz from Japan featuring trumpeter Takuya Kuroda and Ensemble" on Saturday, March 8 at Asia Society. This was a special one night performance by trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, the first Japanese performer to make a debut with Blue Note Records, and his ensemble. This event was co-presented with Asia Society.


Japan has been brought many remarkable jazz musicians into the world. They enjoy a well-deserved reputation for their exquisite interpretation and fine technique. Takuya Kuroda, ascendant trumpeter and composer, who was joined by guest artists from New York and Japan in this exciting new jazz ensemble, introduced the richness of the Japanese jazz scene to the New York audience. This special ensemble consisted of Takuya Kuroda (trumpet), Corey King (trombone), Takeshi Ohbayashi (keyboard), Rashaan Carter (bass), Keita Ogawa (percussion), and Adam Jackson (drums).


2013

Photo: GION

Yumehina Puppet Company

February 15, 2013 Asia Society (New York, NY)

February 21, 2013 Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)


Master puppeteer Michika Iida of Yumehina Puppet Company led the audience into a world of dreams and fantasies with two stunning solo plays. Nekohime Kugutsu Mai (Cat Princes Dance) is a modern take on Japanese folklore about the long lives of cats and their magic powers to transform themselves. Manjushaka (Equinox Flower), a story about the Spider Lily flower, which only comes out during the Obon season, is a metaphor for the spirits of ancestors seeking solace. Iida's life-size puppets and masks enact a beautifully mysterious character dance of love, family and guilt. This event was co-organized with Asia Society.


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2012

Photo: GION

Hoichi the Earless: from “Kwaidan” Ghost Story

Febraury 25, 2012 Asia Society (New York, NY)

Febraury 28, 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Simmons Hall (Cambridge, MA)


The bizarre supernatural tale of Hoichi the Earless (from Kwaidan) was given a surreal spin in a new interpretation by three innovative artists from Japan. Akiko Sakurai, master performer of Japanese vocal music and Satsuma biwa (traditional Japanese lute); Kumotaro Mukai, renowned Butoh dancer from ex-Dairakudakan; and Kiyoshi Ohira, musical disciple of the Saz (Turkish lute) wove traditional and contemporary Japanese performance into a compelling new work which will have its world premiere at the Asia Society. This event was co-organized with Asia Society.


Related Project:
Sunday at the Met – Storytelling in Japanese Arts (February, 26, 2012)
Akiko Sakurai performed Japanese literary work The Tale of the Heike (Performance starts from 1:24:30).




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