Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm—followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception SOLD OUT
Japan Society performances
Oki Kano, known professionally as OKI, is a leading musician of Ainu music—the music of Japan’s northernmost indigenous people. Born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father, OKI has recovered and recreated traditional music on the tonkori, a stringed instrument of the Ainu people of Karafuto (a region also known as Sakhalin). The rich, reverberating twang of the tonkoristrings, which are traditionally made from deer tendons, allowed Ainu shamans to communicate with spirits that control the wind, rain and other natural phenomena called kamuy. In this program, OKI performs solo pieces as well as contemporary works with his band members from their new album, Tonkori in the Moonlight, released in January 2022. OKI is also featured in the film Ainu Mosir (2020).
JAPAN SOCIETY PERFORMANCE
Kwaidan (Call of Salvation Heard from the Depths of Fear)
With Shiro Sano and Kyoji Yamamoto
Four Nights of Dream
(Based on a novel by Natsume Soseki)
OPERA | WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Japan Society 110th Anniversary Commission
Music and Libretto: Moto Osada
Conductor: Ken-David Masur
Director: Alec Duffy
Set Designer: Mimi Lien
Costume Designer: Oana Botez
Lighting Designer: Tuce Yasak
Singers: Marisa Karchin, Gloria Park, Christopher Sokolowski, Makoto Winkler, Jesse Malgieri, Rocky Sellers
Instrumentalists: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Chamber Orchestra
Charan-Po-Rantan Concert + Party
Thursday, October 29, 2015
A kick-ass pop rock band, The Suzan, performed at Kung-fu Necktie, on Wednesday night, Dec.12. Super fun band to go see a live for. Their lovely J-gal high-energy & cool sound will lift you up a notch, or two. Must check them out.
To learn more about The Suzan, watch the trailer of "The First Step", a documentary film about The Suzan, directed by Mike Nogami.
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