What happens when an exceptional acoustic guitarist and a gifted Koto (traditional Japanese 13-stringed instrument) player get together for a musical collaboration? Music fans get treated to an original, seamless and sophisticated acoustic sound from acclaimed instrumental duo Aki & Kuniko.
To celebrate the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this July, Japan Foundation, Manila and the Embassy of Japan, bring the two artists to the country for some rare, special performances. On July 20 (Wednesday), a free concert will be held at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati at 7:30 pm. The following day, on July 21 (Thursday), Aki & Kuniko will conduct a workshop at the College of Music in UP Diliman, followed by a performance at Conspiracy Garden Bar along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City at 9 pm.
Formed back in 2002, Aki & Kuniko has brought their unique world sound all over Japan and around the globe, from Europe to the United States, including on the main stage of “Open Strings,” the world’s largest acoustic music festival held in Germany. They have released two albums, HA-AKI & KUNIKO in 2003 on the German label Acoustic Music Records and Over The Top back in 2006.
Acclaimed by music critics, they have been described to “create an innovative musical partnership” and to have “original, genre defying work.” Listening to how Aki & Kuniko skillfully blend the notes from their two string instruments, seamlessly going from forceful to delicate to melodic, one can understand all the positive reviews. Watch them live for yourself on the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month.
Other activities in the event are the 2011 Eiga Sai, which will screen several acclaimed Japanese movies in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao; and the traveling exhibit, “Japan: Kingdom of Characters,” which will showcase many manga and anime characters at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. All events are open to the public. For inquiries and more information, please contact JFM through telephone numbers (+632) 811-6155 to 58 or visit the website at http://www.jfmo.org.ph.