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Performance: Sakura / San Antonio, TX


Musical Bridges Around the World presents a concert Sakura at San Fernando Cathedral. Japanese Koto and Shamisen player Sumie Kaneko has been recognized as a pioneer of uniquely chromatic instrumentation, while Kaoru Watanabe is a New York based composer and musician who specializes in the Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums. They will be joined by Taiko artist Kenny Endo. The trio are deeply rooted in Japanese tradition and are virtuosos in Western classical, jazz and world music. The program will include selections of traditional Japanese music and it’s modern journey around the world. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York

04/10/2016 - 05/29/2016

Blue Note Jazz Club 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 Sundays starting from April 10th to May 29th at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule:
(Two show times at 11:30am and 1:30pm each day)
April 10, 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 Oyobe Group
May 22, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shoko Amano with Norman Simmons Quartet
May 29, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Nobuki Takamen Trio

Performance: Tetsuya Umeda: It Was Moving At First / Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH

04/09/2016 - 04/16/2016

It hisses, rolls, bubbles, growls and ticks. Japanese sound and visual artist Tetsuya Umeda turns his working space into an unpredictable laboratory. Part installation, part performance, and part physics experiment, It Been Moving at First combines common household items with hydraulic power, fire, gravity, light, electricity, gases, and steam to create a unique encounter that is by turns surprising, wild, contemplative, beautiful, and strange. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Tour Schedule:
April 9 & 10: Museum of Human Achievement (Austin, TX)
April 15 & 16: Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH)

Alt-Manga Symposium / New York, NY


The objective of this symposium at Baruch College is to show the rich and diverse world of Japanese comics with a focus on Japanese alternative and non-mainstream manga, and their development in both domestic and transnational contexts. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Film: Asian Pop-Up Cinema / Chicago & Wilmette, IL

04/06/2016 - 04/10/2016

Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a nonprofit based in Chicago with the mission of creating interest and awareness of Asian culture via films, will present Ryosuke Hashiguchi's Three Stories of Love, as a Chicago premiere. The film is a three-part drama that grew out of an actors' workshop project and has been named the best Japanese film of 2015 by the Kinema Junpo magazine's 89th annual critics' poll. Japanese cinema specialist Mark Schilling will be in attendance for Q&As for both screenings. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Screening Schedule:
April 6, 7:30pm: AMC River East 21 (Chicago, IL)
April 10, 2pm: The Wilmette Theatre (Wilmette, IL)

Performance: FUKUSHIMA YOUTH SINFONIETTA in Boston / Boston, MA


The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, an orchestra of students from ten Fukushima high-schools and middle-schools, has been invited to Boston for a week of music workshops and exchange programs with American youth orchestras, culminating in a major concert at Boston’s renowned Symphony Hall. Established by Fukushima students in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters of March 2011, this courageous ensemble of young musicians has been a vehicle of resilience and recovery for the people of Fukushima, and has inspired hope and optimism throughout Japan and the world. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Tango, Soul, and Passion: Piano Music from Japan, North America, and South America / Rome, GA; Melville, NY; Hempstead, NY; Queens, NY

04/03/2016 - 04/07/2016

Japanese pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will tour to Georgia and New York. The program includes traditiona Japanese piano pieces, popluar Japanese animation and game music, works from contemporary Japanese composers and musical arrangements from North and South America. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Shunzo Ohno: ReNew / New York, NY


At Symphony Space, Shunzo Ohno, one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, presents ReNew, his 16th album as a leader. ReNew injects elements of traditional jazz, hip hop, spoken word, and free jazz, creating a tapestry of modern jazz that is distinctly Shunzo Ohno. With ‘recovery to discovery' in mind, the genre-defying album is a testament to those affected by catastrophic events that have taken place throughout the world including the 2011 tsunami in Japan.  
The concert performance will begin with the documentary film, Never Defeated, The Shunzo Ohno Story, which is based on Ohno's powerful life experiences. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Art and Culture.

Exhibition: Mizue Sawano: Images of Brooklyn Botanic Garden / Brooklyn, NY

03/26/2016 - 06/12/2016

This exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden focuses on the artist’s paintings of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden—a fitting tribute to the garden, which celebrates its centennial this year. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: A Rippling Restlessness, Mizue Sawano]

Performance: Recycling: Washi Tales / New York, NY

03/24/2016 - 03/25/2016

Recycling: Washi Tales, presented by 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. This event is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Asia Society.

[Photo by Valerie Oliveiro]

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