Leny Andrade & Banda Sambop

Veteran Brazilian singer Leny Andrade brings her Samba Jazz mix to Tokyo.

Latin Grammy-winning jazz Leny Andrade has been compared to Sarah Vaughan by The New York Post. The 65 year-old vocalist has been involved with music since her childhood in Rio de Janeiro. Her musical career started to gain acknowledgment in the 1960s, when she toured around Brazil with the famous male singer Pery Ribeiro and the group Bossa Tres. After spending five years in Mexico, she started dedicating herself to avant-garde samba and samba-jazz styles, having earned international recognition and played with Bill Evans, Paquito D’Rivera, Francis Hime and Joao Donato. In Tokyo, the Brazilian music living legend will be joined by the band Sambop, with Paulinho Trompete (trumpet), Widor Santiago (saxophones), Hamleto Stamato (piano), Ney Conceicao (bass) and Erivelton Silva (drums).

Yotsuya Kumin Hall, Yotsuya.

Feb. 13, 16h & 19h

¥6,500 (A; advance)
¥7,500 (A; door)
¥15,000 (S; 2 people, reserved)

Ticket Pia: 0570-02-9999 (P Code: 125-452)


Photograph:Naoya Ikegami

Contemporary dance group Condors will perform the piece The Long Vacation, on January 29th and 30th at Saitama Arts Theater and later in Shizuoka.
The all-male troupe, which wears “gakuran” schoolboy uniforms, performs an entertaining collage of dance and comedy that incorporate videos and live music.
The Condors was founded by Ryohei Kondo in 1996 with several other college students.  Kondo was born in Tokyo and raised in South America until he was 12.  He choreographed the opening dance scenes for “Teppan,” a TV drama series running on Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK).
While the Condors’ dozen or so members are now past 40, they still move like teenagers.
More importantly, they bring the spirit of youth to the stage, treating it like their playground. They tell jokes, play with puppets and shadow pictures, and aim to surprise and entertain the audience in addition to introducing contemporary dance.
What’s most important for the Condors is fun and creative dance. With their do-it-yourself spirit, the members work together to create shows, doing most of the lighting, music and stage sets.  A fun-filled Condors performance has something for everyone.
Date:  January 29th (2:00pm & 7:00pm) and January 30th (4:00pm)
Tickets:  ¥4,500 (advance) / ¥5,000 (door)
Venue:  Saitama Arts Theater – Main Theater
Tel:  048-858-5511
Address:  3-15-1 Uemine, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, 338-8506  JAPAN
Access:  7-minute walk from Yono-hon-machi Station of JR Saikyo Line (West Exit)

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Papa Tarahumara – Snow White

The contemporary Performing Arts company  “Pappa TARAHUMARA” was founded by the director, Hiroshi Koike in 1982.  Since then, every year various talented artists used to gather to create a new production. Pappa TARAHUMARA has flexibility and synergetic method on their creative process. They combine dance, play, music, and art as to present Theatre arts. The troupe are constantly preparing for the challenges ahead of them. The group also had the privilege to have performed in International Festivals held in different countries including Berlin (Germany), Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva (Switzerland) and in several cities in Japan. This time, the group is presenting their children’s tale series Snow White with an unusual spin.

Date:  January 20th to January 24th, 2011
Various times
Venue:  Owl Spot – Ikebukuro
Tel: 03-3385-2919

Brastel’s Talent: Kazuto Sasajima

Hankering after Hollywood stardom, Kazuto Sasajima went to U.S. and studied at the Theater Arts College.
Currently in Japan, during the daytime, he works for Brastel in the International Markets since October 18th, 2010.
At present, he is more involved in stage acting, besides producing, MCing and casting.
Sasajima is practicing and rehearsing for his current play, and in the future he plans to perform in foreign movies and theaters, especially in New York.
In the meantime, in Tokyo, Sasajima together with fellows Nagata Keigo and Koshimura, formed the Ichibanboshi Brothers troupe, who is going to perform for the third time, the play Switch, from February 15th (Tue) to February 20th (Sun).
A black comedy play, presuming the following:  If the government control people’s laughter …
Date:  February 15th (Tue) to February 20th (Sun), 2011
Venue:  MOMO Theater
Address:  3-22-9 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Access:  5 min walk from South exit of JR Nakano Station
Tel:  03-5385-9080 (only during the play schedule)
Those interested, please welcome to enjoy the play.
For further information, please check http://banboshi.seesaa.net/

Kazuto Sasajima
Horoscope: Sagittarius

Blood type: O
Singer:  Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, MJ, HOTEI and more
Song:  Dander zone
Food:  Curry rice
Drink:  Beer and Coffee
Film:  Last Caution, The Crow, Top Gun
Art:  Statue of Buddha
Book:  Ookamitati e no Dengon – Otokomichi
Fashion:  Jeans and T-shirt
Colour:  Black and White
Best place in Japan:  Public Bath

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