Japan Week: Opening Concert with Tatsuya Yamauchi and friends

22 Feb ‘16
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7.00PM - 9.30PM

Venue: Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

Join Tatsuya Yamauchi and friends for a magical evening of classical and modern music. The setlist of the concert will be composed of movie music pieces, numbers from the Japanese musical unit PAPERMOON, and original musical pieces composed by Tatsuya Yamauchi. 

Tatsuya Yamauchi - Violin

From Miyakonojo of Miyazaki, Japan, Tatsuya is a graduate of Toho Gakuen College of Music, and is currently an instructor there. He has traveled nationwide, telling stories and playing music to children with Kageki Shimoda, an award-winning Japanese author. With the concept of “Japanese heart”, Tatsuya has been composing and performing music together with Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), with the aim of conveying music alongside Japanese history and remembering the fading scenery of Japan. He has also been making efforts to revitalize towns through music, as he produces music festivals and events, and composes music for towns nationwide. With his experience performing overseas, he has been awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the “Saitama Global Award”. Tatsuya has now been appointed as the ambassador of Saitama prefecture, Miyakonojo city, and Asago city, and continues to actively contribute to international exchange through music. 

Shun Mizobuchi - Vocals

Born in Kanagawa, Japan, Shun spent his childhood years in Hawaii, USA. He started his training as a musical actor as a university student, and made his debut with The Wedding Singer (TOHO). After working at a Japanese tradinghouse, he resumed his theatrical career and is now performing in musicals and concerts. Shun is the vocalist for the musical unit PAPERMOON, and also writes English lyrics for the songs. His theatre credit includes A Tale of Two Cities, Hello! Dolly, and The Kiss of a Spiderwoman.

Kaori Kosakai - Piano

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kaori is a graduate of Toho Gakuen College of Music. She has been performing together with Tatsuya Yamauchi nationwide. She has also performed overseas since 2011: in Scotland, Germany, and Korea. Kaori is also the accompanist for The Storytelling Troupe for Good Children led by Kageki Shimoda, an award winning Japanese author. She has studied with Shigeyo Ono, Yuko Katsube, and Kiiko Kanazawa.

Set list:

[ACT 1]

Spring Has Come to Scotland – Greenthumb – (Tatsuya Yamauchi)
With this fifth performance in Scotland, I will have experienced all seasons in this country. Out of the four seasons, spring for me was the most memorable. This is the season where I have felt most deeply moved by your beautiful townscapes, as I felt the new spirit of spring alight on the magnificent land of Scotland amid cherry blossoms in bloom.  In this piece, I have expressed the spirit of spring in Scotland, together with the excitement I feel when I think of my beloved Scotland.

Zigeunerweisen (PAPERMOON)
A modern and eccentric version of the classic "Zigeunerweisen". This version is performed by "PAPERMOON" a new musical unit comprised of five artists including Tatsuya Yamauchi and Shun Mizobuchi.  

Annie Laurie

One of my favorite numbers, which is also familiar to and loved by Japanese people. Tonight, we will be performing a special version arranged by Tatsuya Yamauchi.

Solonumber by Shun Mizobuchi
To be confirmed

The Lark (Dinicu)

The birds are chirping and tootling again today.

Please enjoy Tchaikovsky’s classic "Swan Lake", in an “eccentric” style.

Intermission 15min

[ACT 2]

Laputa- Takeda Castle (Tatsuya Yamauchi)
I composed this piece in 2010 when I visited Takeda Castle (Hyogo, Japan). In autumn and winter, the castle gets surrounded by clouds, formed from vapour that rises from the river at the bottom of the mountain. It looks like an island floating in the clouds. In this piece, I have portrayed the fantastical scenery as I imagined the history the castle has been witnessing.

O Sole Mio / Canzone
For everyone, with love…

Tango Jalousie (Jacob Gade)
Jacob Gade (1879-1963) is a Danish violinist, who composed numerous popular music.

Home - Miyakonojo / (Tatsuya Yamauchi)
I grew up in Miyakonojo, surrounded by the mountain chain of Kirishima. The everlasting beauty of its nature, ancient festivals, old memories: I cherish them all. Everybody has love for their hometown and that love creates our future. This piece expresses my hope for a wonderful future for our world.

Stirling Castle and Its Warriors (Tatsuya Yamauchi)
This is my fourth visit to the city of Stirling.  In this piece, I have expressed the massiveness of Stirling Castle, the attractive castle town, and the glorious Battle of Stirling Bridge of 1297. I am honoured to be able to perform this piece here today.

A drinks reception will follow the concert.

Tickets cost £10 (free for University of Stirling students) and should be purchased in advance. Booking is available via the Macrobert Arts Centre.

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