Folk Music Japan: a celebration for Tohoku

Monday 1 August 2011, 7pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Admission £5 (£2 of each ticket will go to a charity for Tohoku disaster relief)

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The moving, masterful DUO (Shunsuke Kimura and Etsuro Ono), fresh from their performance at WOMAD, play Tsugaru shamisen and shinobue flute. Ono-san and his family live near Sendai in the heart of the disaster area.

DUO are preceded by a set of song and dance from Tohoku. The ensemble is led by Yoshihiro Endo (shakuhachi) and Yoshie Asano-Campbell (vocal & dance).

Audience participation will also be encouraged!

The wondrous music of DUO can be heard

Japan’s disaster-ridden northeast (Tohoku) is the country’s most famous folk music region. All the performers in this concert have close links with the traditions of Tohoku, and are delighted to be able to contribute in a small way via this event.

Ono-san, his wife and young children luckily suffered only loss of services and shortage of food. Kimura-san has studied the folk flute traditions of the region, some of which are from coastal villages in Iwate which have basically been destroyed.

Yoshie Asano-Campbell, who studied for years in Tohoku and now lives in Glasgow, is a specialist in the songs and dances of the region. Yoshihiro Endo (shakuhachi) also performs melodies from the northeast.

Among the backing performers, David Hughes (retired SOAS Music lecturer) has lived for a half year in Iwate and has often visited the region for research on folk song and on the ritual musics and dances whose continued performance may add so much encouragement to the residents of the destroyed villages.

Sylvia Vale has travelled in the northeast to learn several folk songs.

PLEASE come and support this important event.

Questions? Contact David Hughes,


Ho trovato questo video degli 8-eit su YouTube e mi e’ piaciuto moltissimo fin dal primo ascolto. Per maggiore informazioni sul gruppo guardate qui.

I’ve found this video on YouTube few days ago and I can say that the 8-eit really are a good band. For more information on the 8-eit click here.



SouthBank Centre presents: Sapporo Symphony Orchestra


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Toru Takemitsu: How slow the wind (orchestra)
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor

Tadaaki Otaka conductor
Akiko Suwanai violin

Concert in aid of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

A beautiful and compelling programme from one of Japan’s finest orchestras. They are joined by their ever-popular Principal Conductor, Tadaaki Otaka, and the youngest ever winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, violinist Akiko Suwanai.

‘It was an unforeseen and terrible disaster, from which all Japanese people are working extremely hard to recover. We, the musicians, wish to turn our London appearance into a benefit concert to support the vital relief efforts in our country. Please join us and help Japan! Thank you.’ (Tadaaki Otaka)

With support from the Embassy of Japan in London, Japan Society, Askonas Holt and Southbank Centre

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23 May 2011, 7:30pm

Norwegian Wood

Piu’ volte, in questo Blog, ho parlato del libro scritto da Haruki Murakami ‘Norwegian Wood’ ed il film tratto dal libro cosi oggi ho deciso di pubblicare la canzone dei Beatles che ne ha ispirato il titolo.

I mentioned several times, in this Blog, the book written by Haruki Murakami ‘Norwegian Wood’ and the film recently made from the bestseller. Today I’ve decided to publish the famous song ‘Norwegian Wood’ by the Beatles which inspired the title of the book.

Nihon Kizuna

Worldwide artists contribute to Nihon Kizuna music compilation in aid of Japan disaster relief effort

Over 40 international artists have donated music for the Nihon Kizuna compilation in aid of the Japan disaster relief effort. Nihon Kizuna, or 日本絆 in Japanese roughly translates as ‘bond of friendship with Japan’.

Following the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the northern coast and prefectures of Japan on Friday March 11th 2011, a small group of Tokyo-based artists (from Japan, Ukraine and France) and one visiting London-based journalist (from Italy) decided to pull their efforts and contacts together to do the only thing they could to help the country and its people – sell music to raise awareness of the devastation that hit the area and raise money for its people and the relief effort.


Oggi scrivo un post molto breve che, pero’, potrebbe essere utile a tutte le persone appassionate di musica. Vi lascio alcun link per ascoltare radio Giapponesi, Thailandesi e Coreane. Spero vi possano essere utili.

Today a short post that might be useful to those interested in music as I’m going to provide some links which allow you to listen to Japanese, Thai and Korean radios. I hope you find them helpful.

Japanese radio

Korean radio

Thai radio