World Music at 23rd Tokyo Summer Festival 2007

Tokyo, Japan – The 23rd Tokyo Summer Festival will be held tin July and August of 2007. The theme this year is Towards the Islands – Sounds across the Sea. World music acts will be part of the program.

Since ancient times, islands floating all over the world’s oceans and seas have been the passage route for traders, explorers and travelers. With the coming and going of the peoples, traces of different cultures also passed by the islands that became an encounter place where native and overseas cultures blend together. This year’s 23rd Tokyo Summer Festival is rowing through space and time to portray the musical mosaic of various islands from around the globe.

World’s islands:


Island of Fire and Ice: Iceland
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s World
7/10, 7/11 Miraikan Museum

Caribbean Island Vodou Music and Dance of Haiti
7/13, 7/14 Sogetsu Hall

Tanzanian Island The Music of Zanzibar: Taarab
7/19 Shibuya C.C. Lemon Hall

Special Performance Vocal & Guitar Live – Cuban’s Pride Vicente Feliú
7/24 Musashino Civic Cultural Hall

Three Masters of Cuban Singing Cuban Nueva Trova Night
7/30 Hamarikyu Asahi Hall

Tokyo’s islands:

Tokyo’s Islands I
Local Religious Rituals and Folk Performances from Aogashima Island
7/15, 7/16 Sogetsu Hall

Tokyo’s Islands II
Dance and Ancient Chants from Ogasawara Islands and Palau
7/31, 8/1 Kioi Hall, Small Hall

Symposium at Hachijojima Island From Island to Island
8/3 – 8/5 Hachijojima Island

Ticket information
23rd Tokyo Summer Festival 2007 “Towards the Islands – Sounds across the Sea” Arion-Edo Foundation, OT Bldg. 2F, Tomigaya 1-46-9, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063 JAPAN. Tel. (+81) 03-5465-0755, Fax: (+81) 03-5465-0766

Poster by Albott Bonhomme

Author: World Music Central News Department

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