ARCADIA — The Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation presents Tsukemen in concert on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Dr., Arcadia.
Tsukemen is a Japanese acoustic instrumental group consisting of two violins and a piano. Committed to producing “natural sound,” the group does not use any electronic audio equipment whatsoever.
Annually, they perform in more than 80 live concerts across Japan. Not only does the band play original tunes composed by its own members, but it also fascinates their audiences with a wide variety of genres, including classical, movie tunes, jazz, game music, and animation themes.
The group made its debut in December 2008 with a two-day concert held at the Blue Rose Room of Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In March 2010, the group released its first album, “Basara,” from King Records, and since then, each of the four albums released by the group has reached No.1 on the Classic Charts.
In addition, they began performing not only in Japan but also in New York and in Korea; in March 2014, Tsukemen traveled to Germany to perform their completely original music with the prestigious Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
In June, they released their first orchestrated album, “Across — Tsukemen Special Live in Stuttgart,” which was recorded there.
By the end of this year, the group will have performed in more than 300 live concerts throughout Japan. These concerts have given them renewed strength, charming their audiences and capturing their attention.
Their stage, without particular genres, belongs to no specific area, creating new types of music. It’s neither classical nor pop; it’s the music of Tsukemen. (www.tsukemen3.jp/index.php, Japanese only)
Tickets are $100, $55 and $35 (reserved seats) and are available at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore L.A., (213) 687-4480
Kinokuniya Bookstore Costa Mesa, (714) 662-2319
All American Tickets, (888) 507-3287, www.allamerican-tkt.com
Aurora Foundation Office, (323) 882-6545, www.jlsf-aurora.org
Tsukemen will be a special guest at the Aurora Foundation’s benefit awards dinner, auction and gala celebration on Friday, Oct. 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles, 120 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. Registration, reception and auction at 5 p.m.; dinner and awards program at 6 p.m.
The 2014 JLSF scholarship recipient is Michael Levine; the 2014 Aurora Challenge Grant recipients are Tamara Ruppart and Sharon Yamato; the 2014 All USA High School Japanese Speech Contest winner is Glynis Robyn McKinny.
Ticket orders: (323) 882-6545 or [email protected]
The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation was established in 1998 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by Dr. Akiko Agishi, who serves as its president. The primary goal of the foundation is to assist U.S. citizens who are Japanese language teachers or graduate students of Japanese language education to experience living in Japan and further their understanding of the Japanese language, improve their teaching abilities, and enrich their appreciation of Japanese culture through scholarships.