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>Scattering Rhythms: Korean traditional music and Jazz Concert

31 Mar


‘Scattering Rhythms: Korean traditional music and Jazz’ is the creative collaboration of Korean traditional music by three prominent musicians from three countries: a taegŭm master Hyelim Kim (Korea), the eminent jazz drummer Simon Barker (Australia), and a janggu player & professor at SOAS, Keith Howard (UK). The concert features traditional repertories and improvisatory pieces inspired by Korean traditional music and jazz. It explores the musical elements of two cultures to illuminate novel possibilities in musical treasures.

Date: 11 Apr 2011 19:00

Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Multi-purpose hall
Fee: Free Admission
RSVP: or 020-7004-2600


>Japan Relief Night in London

30 Mar


The event will be covered by the media (OK Magazine and Japanese Presses) to raise awareness that Japan still needs help. Mica Paris is attending the event as a special guest, who is a legendary soul singer and TV fashion presenter.
The ticket price is £5,000 (max. 10 people per table) which includes amazing 3 course meal, whiskey, vodka, brandy and wine. The tables will be placed in front of the performers, so you will have great views.
Alternatively,  the tickets for the price of £2,000 per table which only offers 3 course meal and wine are also available.

Venue: The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT
Date: Friday 8th of April
Time: 7-8pm (Drinks reception), 8pm (Dinner & Charity auction)
Dress: Black Tie
For more information: please email: or you can call: Anna (07784 428888), Nichola (07909 555927)

1. Signed T-shirts of Man. U players:
Gary Lineker
Wayne Rooney
Fernando Torres
David Hay

2. 1 week holiday in Dubai (5 star hotel)
Talay Riley – Signed to sony with over 2.5 million views on Youtube. No1 hit with chipmunk ‘Look for me’.
Jeremy Lynch – Semi final contestant on Britains Got Talent football freestyler, with a difference.
Suzie Kennedy (host of the event) – Worlds most famous lookalike and tribute artist to Marilyn Monroe… GOOGLE HER!
Suzie has performed for and in the presence of many leading celebrities including Madonna, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell and Personal Happy Birthday tributes include Sir Richard Branson, Frankie Dettori, John Frieda and Eva Longoria.

>Shugo Tokumaru w/ Full Band

29 Mar


Shugo Tokumaru began recording his sweet and eccentric lo-fi indie pop songs – songs that nod to artists like Plamo, Lullatone, and PWRFL Power – in the early 2000s. He recorded a ten-track demo CD-R, Fragment, in 2003. The album was never officially released, but it did manage to grab the attention of the U.S. label Music Related, which released Tokumaru’s second full-length, Night Piece, in 2004. Tokumaru went on to release a couple more albums over the course of the next few years; L.S.T. followed in 2005 and Exit was released in Japan in 2007. The latter was re-released on the U.S. label Almost Gold in 2008. For 2010’s Port Entropy, Tokumaru adopted a slightly more polished, but still playful, approach.
Date: 6 April 2011, 8pm

Venue: Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street,London E8 3DL 
Admission: £8.5 adv / £10 on the door

Tel: 020 7923 1231 
Organiser: Cafe OTO

>Sarah Chang returns to London

27 Mar


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010-2011 season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall sees Maestro Charles Dutoit return for his second season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra, taking the baton for three electrifying concerts. These concerts feature Maestro Dutoit’s renowned passion for the Russian repertoire, with performances of the complete scores of Stravinsky’s three great ballets Petrushka, The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, alongside three great Romantic concertos.
The series features a veritable feast of orchestral masterpieces from Respighi’s highly programmatic works to concertos by Bruch and Mendelssohn and an all-Beethoven programme directed by the legendary Pinchas Zukerman. The Orchestra welcomes some of the world’s finest conductors and soloists including Mischa Maisky, Sarah Chang, Andrew Litton and the legendary Martha Argerich…………………

Ottorino Respighi: Fountains of Rome

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4
Kirill Karabits conductor
Sarah Chang violin

Date: 24 Apr 2011

Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Prices: £42 £35 £28 £22 £17 £12 £9 Premium seats £55

Booking Fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)

Respighi is renowned for his superb orchestrations (as befits a student of Rimsky-Korsakov) – both of other composers’ music and in original works such as the captivating The Fountains of Rome.
Although he composed several choral and orchestral works (including three concertos for the violin and one for two pianos), Bruch’s fame today rests largely on one phenomenally successful piece – the Violin Concerto in G minor. Richly melodic and sumptuously orchestrated, this enchanting concerto is beloved of performers and audiences alike.
Although it is tempting to relate Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony to the suicidal despair caused by his disastrous marriage, he had in fact sketched the first three movements before meeting his future wife. In any event, he later maintained that the symphony was an ‘echo’ of the events in his life, in which the sinister fanfares of Fate are ultimately swept away by an indomitable reaffirmation of life.

>Cutting the Cord

25 Feb


Date: 21-26 February 2011 (Mon – Wed: 8pm, Thurs – Sat: 6.30pm and 8.30pm)
Vanue: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP
Box office: 020 7240 6283
Admission: £10/£8(Concession)
Organiser: Flying Eye

Inspired by true stories, Cutting the Cord is an intimate and heart-warming physical theatre piece.

This is the kind of theatre that engages and touches its audience long after they leave the venue. – The Brighton Magazine

Where do you come from?
Where are you going?
When you are miles away from the place of your birth, can you ever feel truly at home?

This one- woman show tells the story of Sachi, a young Japanese woman, and her comedic, yet sincere struggle to find a ‘home’. Set in London and Tokyo, Sachi playfully relates the story of what it means to leave one place and put down roots elsewhere. Accompanied by live music and presented with magical theatricality, Cutting the Cord is a touching and poignant tale that invites people of all backgrounds to celebrate their own journey in finding home.

Cutting the Cord is supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Foundation. Co-produced by The Basement and Brighton Festival.

>Yoonjung Han: Piano Concert Presented by STEINWAY & SONS

2 Feb


Date: Wednesday 9 February 2011 (7.00pm)
Venue: Steinway Hall, 44 Marylebone Lane off Wigmore Street, LONDON W1U 2DB
PROGRAMMEBACH – BUSONI Chaconne in D minor
HAYDN Sonata in E flat Major, Hob:52
I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Presto
GRANADOS Goyescas V. El amor y la muerte
SCHUMANN Carnaval Op.9

Born in South Korea in 1986, Yoonjung Han graduated from the Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School with highest honours. In 2003 she graduated from the pre-college division of Juilliard, having studied with Victoria Mushkatkol. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Eleanor Sokoloff and her Master’s from Juilliard as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at Stony Brook, State University of New York, with Christina Dahl and her Artist Diploma at Université de Montreal with Jean Saulnier.
She won her first gold medal at age nine at the Samick Piano Competition in South Korea and went on to capture further gold medals at other events in her country. She then became a prize winner at the Helsinki Maj Lind and other international competitions, including the Milan Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli, and in 2008 First Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition at Juilliard. The Korean Ministry of Culture named her ‘Most Promising Young Artist’, followed by the grand prize at the Korea National Music Competition, and in 2009 she obtained the Gawon Music Award as ‘The most brilliant pianist aged 17-31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence’. In 2010 she was awarded the Keyboard Trust – Gala Career Development Prize at the Santa Catarina International Competition in Brazil.
She made her solo debut at age 13 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, since when she has performed in major cities in the USA, Asia and Europe; at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, the Myra Hess series in Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington, San Rocco Theatre in Italy, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Se-Jong Concert Hall in Korea, and the Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum in the Czech Republic.
She has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, and the Symphony Orchestras of Mississippi, Houston, Fort Collins, Shreveport and Jefferson, and the Banff Festival Orchestra, with conductors of the stature of Joann Falletta, Leif Segerstam and Lior Shambadal.
She has broadcast on WQXR New York, National Public Radio’s Young Artist Showcases, WHYY Philadelphia, Houston Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WRR Dallas, TV-Polmusic in Poland and CBS, EBS in Korea.

>AJSW Classical music concert in London

22 Jan


Date: 21 January 2011 from 1:15 to 2:00pm (Miyuki Kato)
Venue: St. James church, 197 Piccadilly, london W1J 9LL

Date: 26 January 2011 from 1:15 to 2:00pm (Emiko Miura)
Venue: St Dunstan-In-The-West, 186A Fleet Street, London EC4 2HD
Tel: 020 72374445
Organiser: Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

Born in Tokyo, Emiko came to London in 2007 with an entrance scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied solo piano with Kathryn Stott and Ian Fountain. She obtained the Frederick Jackson Award in her second year and graduated as a Master of Arts in 2009. Before coming to London, she studied at Tokyo College of Music.
Emiko has won many prizes including First Prize in the Japanese International League of Arts Competition, First Prize in the American Protégé Music Competition and she received the Janet Duff Prize (Best Performance of Contemporary Music) from the Royal Academy of Music.

She has performed as a soloist in many international venues including Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Suntory Hall, Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum, St Dunstan-in-the-west, St Alfege Church and Bristol Cathedral. Since 2007 she has been invited annually to perform in Tokyo at the international music festival “La Folle Journée au Japon” (a Franco-Japanese collaboration organised by the French Embassy).

As well as Classical performance, Emiko has been studying arrangement and jazz performance with Bruce Stark. Her wide scope of interests has also led to many collaborations with artists and dance groups.

Emiko is based in London and Tokyo, works internationally as a pianist and chamber musician.

ProgrammeJ.S.Bach : Fantasia and Fugue BWV904 a-minor
Takashi Yoshimatsu : Tapiola Visions for the left hand op.92 Vignette in Twilight, Commas of Birds
Mendelssohn : Lieder Ohne Worte (Songs Without Words) Op.19, 38, 67
Andante con moto, Hunting Song, Venezianisches Gondellied, Duetto, Spinnerlied
Kapustin : Preludes Op.53
Miyuki was born in Japan and came to the UK in 1997 as an exchange student and met piano teacher, Dr Michael Schreider deciding on the piano for her profession instead of a ballet costume designer her original reason for coming to the UK.
In 1999 she started her musical education at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. After the first year, she decided to transfer to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) to study with Dr. Schreider, where she graduated in 2003 with BMus first for performance and Ivor Coles Memorial Award. She gained the fourth prize at the International Piano Competition in Gargano, Italy in 2003, and won the First Prize at the National Eisteddfod in 2004. She won a Diploma of the London International Music Competition in August 2005.

In 2005 she graduated from Postgraduate Diploma course at the RWCMD. During her studies at the RWCMD she won the Jacobson Piano Prize, Chamber Music Prizes and Accompaniment Prize. She has also studied at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Fergus-Thompson. Where she was awarded Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in summer 2007 and Master of Music Degree in Advanced Performance in 2008.

Miyuki has given concerts in Wales, England and Japan which includes recitals in St Martin-in-the-Field and the interlude performance in a Service of Thanksgiving of Sir Hardy Amies at the St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London.

ProgrammeMozart: Piano Sonata C major K.330
Tchaikovsky: Romance F major op.51-5
Sibelius: Barcarolle, Valse op.24-10 and 5
Glinka/Balakirev: The Lark
Liszt: Sposalizio