harp & Soul |

kaoru arai-colucci & Aimee Blackshleger

March 21st, 2018

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This special performance will feature harpist Kaoru Arai-Colucci and acclaimed singer/guitarist Aimee Blackschleger playing an assortment of famous songs. You’ll hear well-known classical songs, favorites from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, as well as modern pop hits. You can enjoy a rare chance to hear the sounds of a live concert grand harp, and even try to play the instrument yourself after the show. Aimee B’s beautiful voice has been featured in video games such as Final Fantasy, and in commercials for several companies including Honda, Disney mobile, and Softbank.

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 12:30

Best for: All Grades

Fee: ¥500 Current KAIS/EMS Students | ¥ 1,000 Former KAIS/EMS Students |

¥ 2,000 Guardians / Adults

Location: KA International | Toritsudaigaku Campus | 4th Floor

1 Chome-6-8 Nakane, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0031


A Tokyo native, Kaoru Arai-Colucci started studying the harp under Kumiko Inoue, a renowned harpist and Vice President of the World Harp Congress, at the age of 13. She graduated with honors from Musashino Academia Musicae.

Her musical repertoire is not limited to classical music, and she is actively giving performances in a wide variety of music, often playing with jazz and pop musicians. In 2011 she recorded the soundtrack to the film "Then and Now", a documentary filmed by videographer Paul Johannessen about the devastating East Japan earthquake and tsunami, which received Grand Prix and Best Documentary awards at the 2012 Super Shorts Film Festival. In 2012 she started a 4-women band Harp & Soul with 2 singers and a cajonist, and released their first album in July 2013.

As a soloist, she not only performs classical and jazz on the grand concert harp, but experiments with jazz, improvisation, pop, and world music using her Camac electric folk harp, with which she travels the world. She gave a lecture titled “Gigging with the harp” at the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, for which she received high praise from the harp world. Her most recent addition to her instrument collection is an electro-acoustic Salvi grand harp "Echo", which makes the difficult task of amplifying and recording a grand harp remarkably easier. In 2015 she started a harp duo "Les Colocs", with her best friend and renowned harpist Kyoko Okuda.

Aimee is an American singer/songwriter living and working in Tokyo. Aimee’s voice can frequently be heard on Japanese television. She sang the theme song for the show “MARE” on NHK. She has written lyrics and sang in Japanese commercials for over a dozen well-known companies including Mitsubishi, Uniqlo, and Honda. Her vocals are widely known in the anime and video game world, and she performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the “Tales of Orchestra” Anime live concert in 2015. Aimee also performed back up vocals during live performances for Japanese artists Ai, Kiyokiba Shunsuke, and the rock group HY. She also appears on the 2015 album KOKO GA RHODES by AKB48.