Justin’s Japan: April in New York Attracts Japan-Centric Music, Performing Arts

Ximena Garnica performs in ‘Floating Point Waves’ at New York's HERE April 6-14. (Shige Moriya)

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories.

As the sakura (cherry trees) blossom in the Big Apple, so does the sheer amount of Japanese talent in music and performing arts coming to Manhattan this month. Here are some highlights guaranteed to appeal to audiophiles of all stripes.

April 6-14, 8:30 p.m.

‘Floating Point Waves’

HERE at Sixth Avenue

A performance experience of dance, real-time video, live electronic music, kinetic sculptures and meditative stillness, Floating Point Waves unveils the relationship between the human body and natural elements. This HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) production plays for 8 performances

Conceived and designed by Ximena Garnica (a Colombia-born graduate of the Akira Kasai Tenshikan Dance Institute in Tokyo) and Shige Moriya (a Japanese-born video and installation artist) in collaboration with Jeremy D. Slater and Solomon Weisbard, Floating Point Waves stars Garnica in a place where movement, water, and light respond to one another as an organic causal chain unfolds, echoing that of our own natural world. Startling performance and exquisite design reverberate through the space, framing a landscape where beauty coexists with darkness.

April 10, 8:00 and 10:30 p.m.

Hiromi

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Nearly a decade after her Telarc debut album Another Mind (which won the Recording Industry Association of Japan’s Jazz Album of the Year Award), global superstar pianist Hiromi Uehara has been enchanting New York audiences ever since, with high profile appearances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom and Carnegie Hall. At 33 and with nearly a decade of tremendous accolades to her name, the Hamamatsu native stands at the threshold of limitless possibility.

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