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JAPAN! Culture + Hyperculture


Japanese musicians have shown a remarkable ability to incorporate Western influences with traditional Eastern rhythms and melodies. They've also invented new methods—and even instruments—to create exciting sounds that seem to come from the future.

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A Tribute to Toru Takemitsu

Celebrating the groundbreaking Japanese composer, this concert curated by daughter Maki Takemitsu features Kazumi Watanabe and Daisuke Suzuki (guitar), Yasuhiro "Coba" Kobayashi (accordion), and Tomohiro Yahiro (percussion).

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Laptop Orchestra

Interactive computer music meets Japanese traditional music as this Tokyo-based collaborative digitally experiments with the sound of sho, a traditional Japanese instrument (mouth organ).

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Maywa Denki

The unique performance art troupe's robotic instruments will be on display and demonstrations will be held twice daily.

  • Feb. 13 - 15, 2008
  • Millennium Stage
  • Read More | Free Event
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Midori, violin, with Miró Quartet

In a rare, intimate performance, the world-renowned violinist is joined by the up-and-coming quartet, whose youthful intensity has made them one of America's brightest chamber groups.