University of Westminster Set for Evening of Live Japanese Music

Photo of Hibiki Ichikawa and Alika Mochida taken by James Fielding.

THE UNIVERSITY OF Westminster‘s historic Fyvie Hall will play host to ‘An Evening of Live Japanese Music‘ on Wednesday 18 April 2012. The event, starting at 6pm, includes four live acts which range from enka and J-pop, to anime song and video game covers. Tickets are on sale now priced at £5, or £3 for London students. Students from University of Westminster and SOAS get free entry as long as valid ID is presented upon request. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cannot be purchased on the door.

The line-up and their setlists have been partially announced;

Enka singer Alika Mochida is confirmed to be performing her renditions of Sayuri Ishikawa‘s classic ‘Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyugeshiki‘ and ‘Amigi-goe‘, plus other songs.

One of the highest ranking shamisen players in the UK, Hibiki Ichikawa, will play a collection of famous shamisen songs, including ‘Tsugaru Jongara Bushi‘, a shamisen song connected to the Tsuguru-jamisen style of playing which originated in the Aomori prefecture of north Japan.

J-pop singer Naomi Suzuki, who is currently experiencing chart success in America and organised and performed at our charity show Japan: We’ve Not Forgotten You last year, will be performing a number of her songs, including her charity single ‘Mother‘.

Violinist Masa-kun will also be playing a selection of songs from anime, video games and popular culture, including songs from Studio Ghibli, Final Fantasy, Sailormoon, Dragonball, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hikaru Utada, X-Japan, Mario, Tetris and many more.

We’ll leave you with Masa-kun’s take on Hysteria by Muse:

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About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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