iCLA’s very own dance professor Kei Takei was recently profiled and interviewed in the New York Times. She will be appearing with her Moving Earth Orient Sphere company on the Lumberyard in the City Winter Festival in New York on January 25th.
Noh (能) has been performed since the 14th century, it is a ancient form of classical Japanese drama and the demonstration of ultimate refinement of beauty, expression and dramatic speech on stage.
Noh actor and iCLA lecturer Hiroyasu Sato has been engaging in the promotion of understanding and appreciation of the Noh drama throughout Japan. In order to protect the tradition, Mr Sato introduces it to the people in the present, also the non-Japanese people.
iCLA Japan Studies Professor William Reed has been a regular commentator on TeteteTV since April 2016, a television program of the Yamanashi Broadcasting System (YBS), every Thursday afternoon. He has appeared over 88 times on this show.
In January, 2018, Professor Reed was invited to a Shogi (将棋) class and met the professional shogi player Karolina Styczyńska, who is the first non-Japanese to be awarded professional status by the Japan Shogi Association. She is a graduate student from Yamanashi Gakuin University.
A concert night inspired by outer space and the stars
On December 7, 2017, iCLA’s students and the YGU Wind Brass Ensemble joined forces to present an evening-length concert inspired by outer space and the stars in the iCLA main lobby.
This edition of the Music Gala successfully integrated a variety of musical styles and mediums reflective of the diversity of iCLA Music workshops offered in the Fall semester: Koto, Shakuhachi, Keyboard, Vocal Ensemble, and Music and Creativity. The evening also included special guests performances by a few of iCLA’s faculty and staff members.
The concert was entertaining for the spectators, and was a major (yet rewarding) challenge for iCLA’s young performers. The students learned and rehearsed a large number of new pieces, and some witnessed their own compositions being performed for the first time.
Pauline Therese Arejola, who participated in the Music and Creativity, Koto, and Vocal Ensemble workshops, presented an impressive solo vocal work. She had this to say about her experience: “The best thing about the Winter Gala is that you get to collaborate with creative artists, composers, songwriters, musicians and singers. You get to see and experience how diverse iCLA students are in music making. Performing for an international audience was an honor because I was able to share my music with them. Even though we all speak different languages, one language connected us all, and that is music!”
Sao Khue Phan Xuan offered her original musical theatre piece Asteroid B612, a musical dialogue in which the lyrics were inspired by the children’s novel TheLittle Prince. After the performance, Sao Khue explained: “It was satisfying! Not only because I get to see what I created, but also when the performance and the performers see the story I wrote from their own perspective, I think it creates an interesting narrative.”
Overall, the students did a great job in delivering such a remarkable level of performance which brought everyone together, including the sizable audience, despite limited preparation time. Audience member April Angel Lee Felipe added: “It was a pretty cool event because I was exposed to different kinds of music and I was also able to talk to new people!”
John Cheung, as an exchange student at iCLA who experienced the Music Gala for the first time,remarked: “The gala was a great experience, seeing all the creative musicians and composers, and great performance by the students. It was really a nice opportunity to meet with friends and enjoy such a wonderful night at iCLA!”