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The Carmina Quartet has been touring the world's concert stages for 25 years, and continues to enjoy international acclaim, based on the authenticity of its musical language and the diversity of its repertoire. For this tour to Japan, the quartet presents a varied program of concerts (Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak et al.) and a master class.
June 8 Hama Rikyu Asahi Hall, Tokyo
June 12 Blue Rose (Small Hall), Suntory Hall, Tokyo
June 15 Daiichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo
3 Swiss short films will be presented in the International Competition: “The Baumanns” by Martin Guggisberg, “ROOM 69” by Claude Barras and “PLUG & PLAY” by Michael Frei.
May 23 - June 16 Omotesando Hills Space O, La Foret Museum Harajuku, Brillia Short Short Theater, Toho Cinemas Rorppongi Hills, Tokyo Skytree Town ® Space 634
Information: Short Shorts Film Festival
Heinz Geisser, the Swiss drummer and household name with Leo Records, goes from Collective 4tet to Ensemble 5. With Fridolin Blumer (double bass), Reto Staub (piano) and Robert Morgenthaler (trombone) performing in Japan for the first time, Ensemble 5 boasts a great combination of maturity and youth, blending jazz and contemporary improvised music. It’s amazing how these musicians belonging to different generations play in complete unison. They all work like a well-‐oiled machine.
Basel-based artist duo Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg stay at Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) as creators-in-residence under the iaab-TWS exchange program. Open studio sessions enable the audience to get in touch with the artists and get a first hand glimpse of their working processes.
May 18, June 22 Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama, Tokyo 13:00-18:00, Admission free
Swiss-born jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz is featured, among others, in Norwegian jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft's star line-up «Bugge'n Friends» at the Blue Note Tokyo.
June 22 – 23 Blue Note Tokyo, Tokyo
The Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2013 presents the results of the Tokyo TDC Annual awards 2013, which brings together cutting-edge typographic works in an international competition held by the Tokyo Type Directors Club. For this exhibition entries were accepted in fall 2012, drew a total of 3,015 entries of which 2,006 were from Japan and 1,009 from 25 overseas entrants. A rigorous screening process resulted in the following prizes being awarded: 1 Grand Prix, 2 Special Prize, 5 TDC Prizes, 1 TDC RGB Prize, and 1 Type Design Prize.
May 14 – June 28 ddd gallery, Tokyo
Milo Rau's documentary theatre piece «Hate Radio» is presented at the World Theatre Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji 2013. The piece gives a chilling account of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, recreating the studio of the then popular radio station RTLM which played a significant role in inciting the mass killings of the Tutsi minority.
June 28 – 30 Shizuoka Performing Arts Center, Shizuoka
Formed in 2007 in Geneva, Plaistow, composed of Johann Bourquenez (piano), Cyril Bondi (drums and percussion) and Vincent Ruiz (contrabass), has since given a hundred concerts (Switzerland, France, Russia, Germany, Morocco, Middle East …) and published 5 albums. This will be the first concert tour in Japan.
June 21-July 2 Yokohama, Chiba, Osaka, Okinawa, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Tokyo
Theater Basel, voted Opera House of the Year in 2009 and 2010 by the German magazine «Opernwelt», tours Japan for the first time, presenting Mozart's «Le nozze di Figaro ». The tour concludes, after four performances of the opera, with a gala concert of the Basel Sinfonietta, which accompanies the opera ensemble, in Sapporo.
June 22 Aichi Arts Center, Aichi
June 26 Aubade Hall, Toyama
June 28 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
June 30 Biwako Hall, Shiga
July 3 Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Hokkaido
Info: Theater Basel
Concert and Summer Course of Medieval Renaissance Music Improvisation
Jean-Yves Haymoz, professor in Early Music of the Geneva University of Music, which is one of the most prestigious institution for higher music education in Switzerland, will give a concert and a workshop on improvisation with specialists on medieval and renaissance music. Participants are Emmanuel Bonnardot, Barnabé Janin and Raphaël Picazos.
July 12 Tokyo Lutheran Church, Ichigaya, Tokyo
July 13-15 Hachioji Seminar House, 1987-1 Shimoyuzuki, Hachioji
Information : Jardin des Musiciens
The topic of this exhibition is the sensations felt in the internal organs. It features 13 contemporary Japanese and international creators, including Pipilotti Rist with the audiovideo installation «Lungenflügel (Lobe Of The Lung)».
April 27 – September 1 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa