(Hanoi) Music Concerts by Kuricorder and Friends – Professionally relaxed and joyous music from Japan [TICKETS ARE DISTRIBUTED OUT] – Japan Foundation Japan Foundation

In celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Vietnam in 2018, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents music concerts by “Kuricorder and Friends” on Friday 12 January 2018 in Hanoi and Sunday 14 January in Ho Chi Minh city.

“Kuricorder & Friends” is formed by Kuricorder Quartet, Beautiful Hummingbird and Chiku Toshiaki.

Kuricorder Quartet is well known as a recorder ensembles group. They play various recorders, and other music instruments like Melodica, Saxophone, Tuba, Ukulele, Jew’s harp and percussion. They are well-known by the theme music of famous Japanese TV program “PythagoraSwitch” (NHK). Using various instruments, they create comfortable sound. They started music exchange program in Southeast Asia in 2015. This is the third time they play in Vietnam after 2013 and 2016.  As a special guest, we invite Ms. Ngo Tra My, one of the most famous Dan Bau (Vietnamese monochord zither) player in Vietnam this time.

We hope all the audiences enjoy gentle, cheerful sound by Kuricorder & Firiends and collaboration of Japanese and Vietnamese musicians.


Date:        12 January 2018 (Friday)  20:00  [door open: 19:30]

Venue:     Vietnam Youth Theater

11 Ngô Thì Nhậm, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội

Tickets:    Free tickets are distributed at:

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

(27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi)

From 12:00, 5 January 2018 (Friday)


Date:        14 January 2018 (Sunday)  20:00  [door open: 19:30]

Venue:     Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music (Nhạc viện TP.HCM)

112 Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh, District 1, HCMC

Tickets:    Free tickets are distributed

Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music

(112 Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh, District 1, HCMC

From 9:00, 5 January 2018 (Friday)

■ Artist Profile

“Kuricorder & Friends” is a project by a group of Japanese musicians, namely the Kuricorder Quartet, Toshiaki Chiku and The Beautiful Hummingbird.

The Kuricorder Quartet, established in 1994, is a music group whose work has been heard by most Japanese children through “Pythagoraswitch”, a well-known children’s program broadcast by NHK Educational TV.  Using a variety of instruments, such as recorders, melodions, percussion and ukuleles, they have established an intimate and distinctive sound.  Their original compositions as well as arrangements which range from Western classics to traditional and rock music and to which they add their own humorous and heart-warming flavor attract not only audiences irrespective of generations but also artists wishing to collaborate with.  As a result, they have presented music for a large number of sound track, TV programs and commercials, and more than 100 CDs have been published.  They are always busy performers who perform over 100 concerts per year.

The Beautiful Hummingbird is the duet of Mitsuko Koike and Nobuaki Tabata. Established in 2002, they have produced their songs and music together.  The combination of Mitsuko’s free and open voice and Nobuaki’s firm but warm guitar sound creates their own musical space.

Toshiaki Chiku is a singer and song writer who established “Tama”, smash-hit band in Japan in 1990s.  After their breakup in 2003, Chiku has had an active solo performance career.

Ngô Trà My is Dan Bau teacher in Vietnam National Academy of Music and she is one of the famous Dan Bau soloists in Vietnam. Her fields of activities are teaching, performing, researching traditional music and experimental music.

From 2006 to 2008 she was invited by Malmo Academy of Music-Lund University for giving lectures on Vietnamese traditional instrumens, and from 2006 she became the member of experimental music group The Six Tones and was on tour with this group in Scandinavia, England, Belgium, Austria, Poland, America etc.

■ For inquiries on the concert and the interview with the musicians, please contact at:

Ms. Huong (ext 106) / Mr. Kawai (ext 109)

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam                 TEL 024-3944-7419       www.jpf.org.vn  www.facebook.com/japanfoundation.vietnam

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