Main Stage Schedule

Main Stage Performances, Farmleigh Gardens, Sunday 12 April 2015
All times are approximate

12:00-12:05 Introduction to Experience Japan: Taiko drummers & J-Girls dance
12:05-13:20 J-pop song, Irish & Japanese Music fusion (Sean, Philip, Hitomi)                           CosPlay Fashion Show, Children’s song & dance
13:20-14:15 Irish Folk Music, Japanese Traditional Dance, Newpark Japanese Jazz band
14:30-14:40 Welcoming performance: EJ & Children’s Taiko Drums & Irish Dance team
14:40-15:30 Speeches, Kagami Biraki, Soranbushi Dance & integration performance
15:30-16:00 Performance by John Spillane, Martial Arts demo, J-Girls Pop dance
16:00-16:15 Grand finale: Soranbushi & Irish Music Performance

About the performers:

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller and poet. A two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane and George Murphy. We’re delighted to welcome him to the Experience Japan main stage!

A very appropriate song of John’s for this year Hanami Festival is  “The Dance of the Cherry Trees”

Sean Whelan, Philip Horan and Hitomi Akutsu mix Japanese and Irish music with their compositions on Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), guitar and Irish harp.  They will perform Japanese ‘sakura’ (cherry blossom) songs and some songs from Studio Ghibli films!

(Mostly!) Japanese Jazz Band from Newpark Music Centre

Yuzuha Taguchi (田口ゆず葉) Alto Sax (from Japan)
Kento Takeyama (竹山健人) Tenor Sax (from Japan)
Akiko Noguchi (野口明子) Baritone Sax (from Japan)
Gennai Iwanaga (岩永源内) Electric Guitar (from Japan)
Sebastian Jezzi (セバスティアン・ジェズィ) Percussion instruments (from Argentina)

Four Japanese and one Argentine musicians studying at Newpark Music Centre will play pieces including ‘Groove Merchants’ by Newpark Jazz DirectorRonan Guilfoyle. Akiko and Yuzuha will graduate this year and appear in their final concert at the Newpark Grad Fest in the National Concert Hall in  May.

 Irish dancing / Japanese Taiko fusion performance

Olive Hurley is an an Irish Dance teacher and Adjudicator based in Dublin. She has helped blend Irish dance and Japanese music at Experience Japan since 2013. Sean O’Brien and Roma McSharry are champion Irish dancers who will dance to the beat of the Experience Japan taiko team!