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“Drums & Voices” Southeast Asia Tour: Asian Beats Resonating Together! Creating New Music!

Performers from ASEAN countries

Performers from ASEAN countries
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The Japan Foundation is presenting the “Drums & Voices” concert tour from October to December 2013, visiting ASEAN countries and Japan as a project to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation.

This project involves forming a troupe of 12 traditional musicians from the seven countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Brunei, and Japan. The troupe was conducted joint workshops spanning a total of four weeks in Thailand (June to July 2013) and Vietnam (August to September 2013) to create the concert program, after which it will tour and perform in the ASEAN countries in October to November 2013.
For the grand finale, the musicians will perform at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

From Japan, the wadaiko drum performer Tsubasa Hori (former member of the taiko performance group Kodo) will join the group, and composer Michiru Oshima, known for her musical compositions and arrangements for film, animation, and television, will serve as the music director.
This project aims to create new music and to develop mutual trust while demonstrating cooperation and coexistence with ASEAN nations through music. These unique artists will work together to give an exciting performance that no one will want to miss.

ASEAN-Japan “Drums & Voices” Concert Tour Schedule

*Dates and venues may change depending on the schedules of the performers and venues.

Hanoi (Vietnam)
Dates Thursday, October 17, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Venue Au Co Theatre
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Venue Chaktomuk Theater
Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
Date Friday, October 25, 2013
Venue Myanmar International Convention Center
Yangon (Myanmar)
Date Sunday, October 27, 2013
Venue National Theater (Yangon)
Bangkok (Thailand)
Date Friday, November 1, 2013
Venue The National Theatre
Vientiane (Laos)

Monday, November 4, 2013


Lao National Cultural Hall

Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)

*Performers from Brunei and Japan only.
Date Saturday, November 23, 2013
Venue Jerudong International School Auditorium
Tokyo (Japan)
Date Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:00 p.m.~
Venue Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Organized by The Japan Foundation, Bunkamura

All tickets (reserved seats only): ¥5,000/person
Tickets on sale from Sunday, September 8, 2013

For Tokyo performance, please contact:
Bunkamura  Tel: +81-(0)3-3477-3244
<10:00 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.>
http://www.bunkamura.co.jp External link


Music Director

Michiru Oshima

Michiru Oshima (Composer)

Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music, majoring in music composition. Started her musical career as a composer and arranger while still a student, and continues to be involved in a wide range of musical projects, including films, television commercials and programs, animated features, and ambient music. Received the 52nd and 67th Mainichi Film Award for Best Film Score, and the 21st, 24th, 26th, 27th, 29th, and 30th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Also won the Animation of the Year music award in 2006, and several other prizes, such as the Best Composer Award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in the United States.
Her CD For The East is currently on sale in France and Japan. Also wrote the musical score for Sayuri Yoshinaga’s atomic bomb poetry recitals. Her major works include NHK Taiga Drama Tenchijin, movies Gozilla vs. Megaguirus and Memories of Tomorrow, and anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

Official website: http://michiru-oshima.net/ External link


Japan Tsubasa Hori (wadaiko drums and vocals)
Vietnam Minh Chi (drums), Mai Lien (vocals, trong, and drums)
Cambodia Channa, Vutha (Chaiyam, etc.)
Myanmar Acadamy Myanmarpyi Kyauk Sein, Thu Rain (Pat Waing, etc.)
Thailand Tossaporn Tassana (Ranad Ek, etc.), CHRIS SHINING STAR (LOVEiS) (vocals)
Laos Sengthog Boutxady, Putthavong Sakda (drums, Khene, etc.)
Brunei Yusri (rebana, etc.)

Some of the Asian instruments on tour

Patí wain (Myanmar),Sampho(Cambodia),
Chaiyam (Cambodia),Khene (Laos),T'rung (Vietnam),Ranad Ek (Thailand),Wadaiko (Japan),Rebana (Brunei)


The Japan Foundation
Arts and Culture Department, Asia and Oceania Section
Person in charge: Genda (Mr.)/Matsunaga (Mr.) 
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6062

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