Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy

Guide to the Academy

Venues Toho Gakuen School of Music: 41-1 Wakaba-cho 1-chome, Chofu City, Tokyo
Yamaha Ginza Studio: 9-14 Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo B2F, Yamaha Ginza Building
Yamaha Hall: 9-14 Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 7F-9F, Yamaha Ginza Building
Faculty Keiko Abe  Dave Samuels  Jean Geoffroy
Dates July 31st (Sat) to August 4th (Wed) 2010
Requirements Participant From High School students aiming to become specialized performers through to professionals
* Participant may apply as a duo.
Auditor Elementary, Middle and High School students, University students and general students
  * Applicants can be of any nationality.
  * Separate intake for students currently enrolled at Toho Gakuen School of Music.
Tuition fee Participant 50,000JPY (tax included)
Auditor 1 day :3,000JPY (tax included), 5 days :15,000JPY (tax included)
A student discount
1 day :2,000JPY (tax included), 5 days :10,000JPY (tax included)
Applications Please fill out application form and send it to the office given below by May 31 2010.
Final date for receipt of applications Monday, May 31st 2010
Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday June 10th.
Instrument YM6100, 6000A, YM5100A, YV3710JM, YV3910J

* We have filled all available places for the Marimba Academy and are no looking seeking applications from prospective students. Applications are still being accepted from those who wish to audit sessions.

Lesson details

  • The lessons will principally cover the following subjects:
    Keiko Abe (Instructor): Self compositions and works by other fellow countrymen
    Dave Samuels (Instructor): Self compositions, improvisations and vibraphone works
    Jean Geoffroy (Instructor): Works from Europe and America, works by Bach
  • Three 40-minute solo lessons (where you can choose your instructor, however this may change if there are a large number of applicants), and there may be one set of comments and special sessions available for each student depending on auditions. Auditor are free to listen, and may participate in question and answer sessions.
  • A final concert will be held on August 4th at Yamaha Hall. Auditions for performers will be held on August 3rd. You may perform any pieces that you like (within 10 minutes in length, but not including any pieces studied during the lessons), and the performers may also take part in the judging.
July 31st (Sat) Toho Gakuen School of Music 12:30 : Opening Ceremony
13:00 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 1st (Sun) Toho Gakuen School of Music 13:00 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 2nd (Mon) Toho Gakuen School of Music 13:00 : Lessons (40-minute solo lessons)
August 3rd (Tue) Yamaha Ginza Studio 13:00 : Special lecture by Dave Samuels
15:00 : Auditions for final concert
August 4th (Wed) Yamaha Ginza Studio 13:30-14:30 : Special lecture by Jean Geoffroy
15:00-16:00 : Special lecture by Keiko Abe
Yamaha Hall 18:00 Open 18:30 Start : Final concert

* Please note that details may be subject to change depending on circumstances.


Keiko Abe's profile

Dave Samuels

Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained world wide recognition by performing jazz vibraphone and marimba, and by composition. Samuels’ longtime association with Spyro Gyra lasted from 1977 to 1994, and enjoyed an established reputation as a contemporary jazz artist.
Another one of Samuels project's Double Image—the vibe—marimba duo consisting of Dave Samuels & David Friedman. It was 1974 when these two masters of mallet percussion first created the unique combination of vibraphone and marimba. What emerged was a totally new sound and approach that has set a new standard for mallet percussionists everywhere.
In 1990 and 1994 he went on a concert tour with Keiko Abe. For over a decade, Samuels has been performing and recording with his group The Caribbean Jazz Project. Their recording ‘The Gathering’ won the Grammy in 2003 for ‘Best Latin Jazz Recording’.
Now he is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music.
photo:Dave Samuels

Jean Geoffroy

As a multi percussionist, he is a regular guest soloist at the most prestigious festivals all over the world. Especially in contemporary music, he has made great efforts in performing premiere with composers.
For marimba, he has released solo albums such as "Bach Cello suite," arranged by himself.
Solo timpanist with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris from 1985 to 2000. He was a professor at Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve from 1999 to 2006. He has taught as a professor at Conservatoire national superior masque et dense de Lyon since 1999, and also at Conservatoire national superieur de musique de Paris since 2005.
In 2009 Geoffroy was an art director and chief of the jury at Geneva International Music Competition.
photo:Jean Geoffroy

Applications & Inquiries

Marimba Academy, Toho Gakuen College Music Department, Toho Gakuen School of Music
41-1, Wakaba-cho 1-chome, Chofu City, Tokyo 182-8510,
TEL. +81-(0)3- 3307-4113 (Toho Gakuen College Music Department direct line)
FAX: +81-(0)3- 3307-4354

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