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Friday, July 4, 2003


Global tunes feature at Tokyo festival

The Tokyo Summer Festival 2003 will kick off on July 8 with the theme of "Ritual, Nature and Music," featuring performers from various parts of the world including India, Madagascar and Brazil.

The festival will open at 7 p.m. with a Japanese drum performance by Eitetsu Hayashi and Noh percussionist Shonosuke Okura at Suntory Hall. On July 9, guitarist D'Gary from Madagascar will team up with local musicians to enact a healing ritual of the Bara people at Sogetsu Hall. On July 15, the Indian contemporary dance group Chandralekha will perform "Sharira -- Fire/Desire" at Art Sphere on Tennozu Isle. Classical vocal music from northern India will be presented by the Gundecha Brothers on July 16 at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall. All of the performances will begin at 7 p.m.

From 6:30 p.m. on July 19 and 2 p.m. on July 20, Monica Millet, grandniece of traditional priestess Meninha, will make her Japan debut with Grupo Ase do Brasil at Sogetsu Hall, where they will perform a liturgical rite from the syncretic religion Candomble, which contains both African and Catholic elements, under the theme of "The Origins of Afro-Brazilian Music."

On July 21, Russia's Amir Tbenikhin will hold a piano recital at 2 p.m. at Tsuda Hall.

For more information in both English and Japanese, visit www.arion-edo.org

Tickets start at 3,000 yen and can be obtained from Arion Ticket Center at (03) 5465-1233.

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