Les Frères Concert Tour in South Korea - PIANO SPATIAL

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The Japan Foundation presents a concert tour by the piano duo Les Frères in South Korea to mark the Japan Foundation, Seoul's 10th anniversary in November 2011.

Les Frères will hold concerts in South Korea for the second time in three years since 2008. The performance presented in 2008 byMoriya Saito andKeito Saito of two brothers, who have developed their own unique playing technique in the "Quatre-Mains" style that means "four hands" in French, received immense response from the audience at each venue. Les Frères will hold a concert tour again in response to enthusiastic call from the South Korean people to say "Come back to South Korea, Les Frères!".

Concert to in Jeonju will take place as a part of "Japan Week" project to intensively introduce Japanese culture.

Performance Date: November 9 (Wed.) to November 15 (Tue.)

Performance in Jeonju
Date November 9 (Wed.), 7:00 p.m.
Venue Cheong ju National Museum
Organizer Embassy of Japan in Korea, Cheong ju National Museum
Support YAMAHA MUSIC KOREA
Performance in Seoul
Date November 11 (Fri.), 8:00 p.m.
Venue Mapo Arts Center / ART HALL MAC
Co-organizer Mapo Cultural Foundation
Organizer Embassy of Japan in KoreaPublic Information & Cultural Center
Performance in Busan
Date November 13 (Sun.), 5:00 p.m.
Venue Eulsukdo Cultural Center
Organizer Consulate-General of Japan at Busan
Support Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Association, Won-Buddhism Broadcasting, Popbusan, Dongseo Digital, Saha Internetnews, Homeplus Jangnim
Performance in Jeju
Date November 15 (Tue.), 7:00 p.m.
Venue Jeju Arts Center
Organizer Consulate-General of Japan at Jeju, Jeju Special Self Governing Province

*Tickets are not available in Japan.

Artist Profile

Les Frères

Official Website

Photo of Les FrèresA piano duo formed by two brothers Moriya Saito and Keito Saito from Yokosuka city. Both of them learned classic piano at Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg when they were 15 years old.

"Les Frères", which means "brothers" in French, was formed on September 3, 2002. They started their live performance career at local live houses, kindergartens and primary schools. "Quatre-Mains style (※)" of their unique style to play a single piano by two players freely and dynamically made waves in Yokosuka city soon after it emerged in the local music scene. Even before major debut, they were featured on TV programs, and participated in the opening session of "Tokyo Jazz Festival 2006". They also presented lively performance at "Kirin New Year Concert" in collaboration with the Tokyo Symphony. Their play style to share a single piano by two pianists has been highly acclaimed beyond the border of genres.

※"Quatre-Mains" means "four hands" equal to "piano duet" in French. Their play style was named as "Quatre-Mains style" which was created by their four hands" capabilities that two hands normally cannot achieve.

Moriya Saito

Photo of Moriya Saito Started playing piano at the age of 12. When he was 15, he was accepted to Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg as an international student and moved to Luxembourg. He studied under Mr. Gary Müller for seven years. After graduating at the age of 22, he returned to Japan to further expand his repertoire of music. Since then, he has been devoting himself to composing music as well as had performed solo and with other bands at clubs, restaurants, and bars until he formed Les Frères in 2002 with his brother. He specializes in playing ballads. The calmness and the depth of his sound are filled with a feeling of freedom and sincerity. He attracts listeners with his wide-range play style from ballads to pops as if the piano itself were singing. In addition, his unique style of arrangement is referred to as Les Frères sound which is incomparable to any other genres, and receives much attention from various fields such as performing arts music.

Keito Saito

Photo of Keito SaitoStarted playing piano at the age of 6. Like his brother, he was also accepted to Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg when he was 15. He learned to play boogie piano on his own and performed with world-famous German Boogie Woogie pianist Mr. Axel Zwingenberger in the spring of 2000. He released his first solo album "Boogie Woogie Far East" (Universal Music) in November 2008 and it became a historical step of Japanese Boogie Woogie scene. As a successor to classical Boogie and a pianist of the next Boogie Woogie generation, he has attracted a great deal of attention from the media in Japan and abroad. His aggressive but emotional sound of boogie fascinates the audience with irresistible appeal.

Staff

  • Yasutaka Yanagawa: Stage manager
  • Toru Kikuchi: Sound engineer
  • Mamoru Koyanagi: Lightning engineer
  • Keisuke Sato: Audio visual engineer
  • Atsushi Tomono: Tuner
  • Yoshiya Kido: Producer
  • Yohei Nogami: Producer

What is "Japan Week"?

On the occasion of top-level meeting between prime ministers of Japan and South Korea in October 1998, the prime ministers agreed to the significance to promote grass-root level exchange between the two countries. Based on this consensus, "Japan Week" was launched as an event initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government to introduce Japanese culture in local cities in South Korea. "Japan Week" had been held in Gwangju (1998/2001), Busan (1999), Jeju (2000/2004/2008), Daegu (2002), Daejeon (2003), Gongju (2006), Ulsan (2006), Jeonju (2007), Chuncheon (2009) and Changwon, and has been contributing to promote understanding of Japan in local cities in South Korea, which have few chances to directly experience Japanese culture.

Official Web site of the Japan Foundation, Seoul

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