NISHIKAWA ENSEMBLE
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[About Nishikawa Ensemble] [Canada Tour 2000] [Canada Tour 2001] [Members] [Interview with Ms. Sandra Kadowaki]

Canada tour February 11 - 17, 2000

Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto

Time schedule Ticket Info Address
February 11, Friday, 8pm
Workshop (Montreal).
Free entrance(Reservation is required)
Tel.: (514) 872-5338
Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur100
rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC, H2X 1C3
February 12, Saturday, 8pm
Concert (Montreal)
Free entrance(Reservation is required)
Tel.: (514) 872-5338
Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur100
rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC, H2X 1C3
February 13, Sunday, 3pm
Concert (Quebec City)
Admission: $18
Tel.: (418) 691-2303
Cafe-Spectacles du Palas Montcalm
Tel.: (418) 691-2303
February 16, Wednesday, 8pm
Workshop (Toronto)
Tel.: (416) 204-1080 Music Gallery
179 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V IV3
Tel.: (416) 204-1080
February 17, Thursday, 8pm
Concert (Toronto)
Admission: $15 / Students and seniors: $10
Tel.: (416) 204-1080
Music Gallery
179 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V IV3
Tel.: (416) 204-1080

About the Nishikawa Ensemble

The Nishikawa Ensemble is a Japanese chamber music group founded by Mr. Kohei Nishikawa, one of Japan's most accomplished and versatile players of both Western and Japanese flutes. The theme of the Nishikawa Ensemble is "from East to West". The ensemble is composed of high caliber musicians for traditional Japanese instruments such as the shinobue, nohkan, biwa, koto, and taiko, as well as Western instruments such as the flute, piano, vibraphone, and marimba. The repertoire of the ensemble includes wide variety of crossover of Asian and Western music, from traditional to contemporary. In particular, the ensemble often commissions works that combine Western and Japanese instruments. The ensemble often invites guest performers, offering further opportunities for creativity and performance of diverse repertoire.

Another unusual aspect of the Nishikawa Ensemble is its inclusion of a composer as a regular member of the ensemble. In this way, the ensemble has a constant supply of new repertoire composed with a direct consultation with the performers and for the desired instrumentation. The composer is assured of performances which will truly reflect the intended nature and nuances of the pieces.

In addition to concerts in Japan, the Nishikawa Ensemble has made three tours in Canada and the USA for concerts as well as workshops. The ensemble has also committed itself to an ongoing series of recordings with two CDs having been already released.

For the tour 2000, the repertoire includes pieces composed by David Loeb (Premiere performance), Simon Bertrand (Canadian composer), Toru Takemitsu (Japanese composer) and some traditional pieces.

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