Ian Priestley uncovers Japanese ethnic music at its best Listening to local radio or watching TV, you would be forgiven for thinking that Japan had no music culture of its own. The…

by Owen Schaefer  In the basement of the Disk Union shop in Shinjuku there is a floor labeled, appropriately enough, Japanese Underground. When you descend the claustrophobic staircase, you are greeted by…

by Susan Alexander I’m sure everyone had a special idol growing up, that special heartthrob with whom you were obsessed. At my school, Sacred Heart, in the mid-’70s, you had to choose…

  by Owen Schaefer Grammy Award-winning musician Kitaro has embarked on an ambitious project: a series of albums based on a pilgrimage through 88 Shikoku temples. On a recent visit to Tokyo,…

Jazz violinist comes to Tokyo by Anthony George Music, said the French philosopher Michel Leiris, is the art form that touches the senses most directly, possessing the mysteri­ous power to move one…

by Susan Alexander Miami-based musician Nestor Torres grew up in Puerto Rico under the musical influence of his father and started out playing the drums. One day he picked up a flute…