JAL backed performance set for Kyoto

The 20th JAL Group
sponsored annual musical performance of Otobutai (Sound Stage) will be staged
in Kyoto in the spectacular grounds of the Zen Buddhist Rokuon-ji temple
complex, the location of the stunning Golden Pavilion also known as Kinkaku-ji.Performed in the grounds of Japan’s most historic temples and held annually
since 1989, JAL Otobutai is a unique blend of western and eastern music. Staged
at a different temple each year, it presents first class artists from Japan and
abroad in a unique collaboration of music and performances presented under the
theme, “East Meets West”.
Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion will be the setting for this year’s musical event.
One of Japan’s leading historical sites, this UNESCO World Heritage registered
building was built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1393 as his residence.
After his death - 600 years ago - the site was converted into a Zen Buddhist temple of the Rinzai School. This
beautiful three-story pavilion covered in gold leaf stands at the edge of a lake with its image reflecting in the tranquil
waters: the perfect location for this unique musical concert to take place.
Performing in front of an illuminated Golden Pavilion will be the world-renowned, extremely versatile vocalist
Russell Watson from England, whose repertoire ranges from operatic arias to pop. There will also be a performance
by Kiyokazu Kanze, the Grand Master of the Kanze School of Noh. Noh is Japan’s classical stage art which combines
in stylistic and aesthetic way dance, drama, music and poetry. They will be joined by pianist Takashi Kako, one of
Japan’s leading composers whose compositions fuse elements of classic, modern and jazz music; talented vocalist
Yoka Wao, a former member of the Takarazuka Revue where she specialized in playing male roles; and the brilliant
violinist Iwao Furusawa known for his original, bold arrangements.
The 2007 JAL Otobutai will feature two evening performances. In Japan, JAL Group domestic tour subsidiary JAL
Tours is marketing a two-day and three day tours from major Japanese cities, complete with concert ticket, air ticket
and accommodation.