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Performance: Portrait: Toshio Hosokawa / New York, NY


ENSEMBLE MISE-EN will perform works by the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa at NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library as part of their PORTRAIT series that focuses on a modern composer of note. This concert will feature four of Hosokawa’s works, all of them written in the last 22 years, and seeks to compare his older works with his newer works. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Phase 360 Koto and Shamisen Explored / New York, NY

12/06/2015 - 12/13/2015

New York-based koto and shamisen performer Masayo Ishigure will be playing at the Phase 360: The Koto and Shamisen Explored concert at The National Opera Center America. In this concert series, Ishigure tries to collaborate with various types of performing arts to create new world of traditional Japanese music. In conjunction with this concert, Ishigure will hold koto and shamisen workshops on December 6. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance & Discussion: Performance Robot Dramaturgy - Tokyo/New York / New York, NY


Performance Robot Dramaturgy, the discussion event taking place at Segal Theatre of the Graduate Center, CUNY, examines new concepts of theatre through performance-based explorations of liveness and the dialogue between man and machine. Influential Japanese theatre artists Keisuke Takahashi and Mikuni Yanaihara (Nibroll), will join with Marianne Weems (The Builders Association), and Japanese theatre and contemporary performance specialists Peter Eckersall (Professor of Theatre, GC CUNY), Shintaro Fujii (Professor of Theatre, Waseda University/Tokyo), Katherine Mezur, Cody Poulton (Professor of Japanese, Victoria University/Canada), and Krisztina Rosner (Postdoctoral Fellow, Waseda University/Tokyo) to explore contemporary aesthetic practices of Performance Robot Dramaturgy. The performance A Quiet Day by off-Nibroll (Takahashi and Yanaihara) will be presented before the discussion. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo courtesy of SKIP City Visual Museum]

Performance: Pacific Crossings / Houston, TX

11/12/2015 - 11/14/2015

Conductor Edwin Outwater leads the ensemble the commissioned world premiere The Age of Air by James Matheson (making his River Oaks Chamber Orchestra debut) for orchestra and two shakuhachi – an early Japanese end-blown flute often used in Zen meditation as well as classical, jazz, and traditional Japanese folk music – played by ROCO debuting artists James Nyoraku Schlefer and Akihito Obama. Vivian Fung’s Pizzicato and Sibelius 3rd Symphony round out the program. The pre-performance talk starts at 4pm, the concert at 5pm. November 12th at 7:30 pm at Asia Society Houston’s Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater, Schlefer and Obama perform a dual shakuhachi recital in conjunction with this concert.

[Photo: Akihito Obama (above) and James Nyoraku Schlefer (below)]

Cultural Event: Beyond KIMONO 2015 - Tradition and Creation / New York, NY


Showcasing the aesthetics of Japanese traditions through antique kimonos dating back over 150 years, which have been revived with modern looks, this fashion show at Holy Apostle Ballroom in Chelsea will be a comprehensive exploration of the beauty of Japan. A reception will follow the show. This event is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

[Image: ©Be JAPON]

Performance: Shank's Mare / New York, NY

11/06/2015 - 11/15/2015

Renowned puppeteer Tom Lee joins forces with Japanese Master Koryu Nishikawa V to create Shank's Mare - a moving and magical exploration of life, death, and the power of tradition as told through the use of the traditional Kuruma Ningyo puppetry of Japan, video projection and live music. This performance is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Exhibition: Japanese Design Today 100 / Milwaukee, WI

10/30/2015 - 02/06/2016

This traveling exhibition at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, presented by The Japan Foundation, is the second edition of the exhibition with the same title, displaying 100 most recent works representing innovative and modern Japanese product design.

[Image: FUTAGAMI Bottle Opener]

Performance: Tetuzi Akiyama/Bryan Eubanks/Jason Kahn/Toshimaru Nakamura/ Seattle; Portland; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Houston; Austin; St. Paul; Chicago; Oberlin; Louisville; Tuscaloosa; Columbia; Richmond; Baltimore; Boston; Brooklyn

10/30/2015 - 11/16/2015

The group of Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Bryan Eubanks (electronics, saxophone), Jason Kahn (drums) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixer) meets together for the first time on this U.S. tour, spanning both coasts and reaching the northern reaches of the Midwest down to the Deep South. These musicians will fuse free improvisation, noise, experimental electronics and the uncategorizable in a fresh and vibrant approach to group playing and spontaneous music creation.

Tour Schedule
October 30: Nonsequitur (Seattle, WA)
October 31: Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR)
November 1: San Francisco Sound (San Francisco, CA)
November 3: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
November 4&5: Nameless Sound (Houston, TX)
November 6: Autumbrae Intermedia Events (Austin, TX)
November 7: Crow With No Mouth (St. Paul, MN)
November 8: Constellation (Chicago, IL)
November 9: Oberlin College & Conservatory (Oberlin, IL)
November 10: Dreamland (Louisville, KY)
November 11: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
November 12: Coundrum Music Hall (Columbia, SC)
November 13: Black Iris Gallery (Richmond, VA)
November 14: The Red Room (Baltimore, MD)
November 15: Non Even / SMFA (Boston, MA)
November 16: Silent Barn (Brooklyn, NY)

This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Exhibition: Dr. Hideyo Noguchi in New York, New York / New York, NY

10/29/2015 - 11/23/2015

Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, a renowned Japanese bacteriologist who first discovered the causative agent of syphilis, came to New York in 1900, sponsored by Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. This exhibition at the Nippon Club will display his possessions such as microscope, photo albums, and documents hand written by Dr. Noguchi himself. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Performance: Mina Nishimura: "PRINCESS CABBAGE" and "CELERY OF EVERYTHING" / New York, NY

10/29/2015 - 10/31/2015

Tokyo-born choreographer and performer Mina Nishimura presents two new works that emerged from research into Butoh scores, at Danspace Project. Prince Cabbage is a solo work, inspired by Butoh originator Tasumi Hijikata's biographical novel Sickened Madonna. Celery of Everything, a new quartet, explores the bidirectional relationship between internal landscapes and external forms through the use of images from Butoh scores, abstract shapes, and irregular rhythm patterns. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

[Photo by Mathew Poloik]

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