Haruki Murakami’s Books Are Now A Concert

Experience the acclaimed author’s surreal tales through music at this unique event

If you’re a fan of acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami, you’ll be familiar with the many references he makes to music in his books. A jazz bar owner before he became a writer, he loves music of all kinds — from jazz and classical to folk and rock.

Now, instead of relying on the many Murakami playlists floating around the Internet, you can experience the music at Listen to Haruki Murakami: Music Beyond Words.

Co-produced by the Japan Foundation and CultureLink, this unique concert will interpret the surrealist experiences drawn from the pages of the acclaimed author’s works, from Norwegian Wood to 1Q84.

Japanese musicians from The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio and the 1966 Quartet collaborated with Drama Box artistic director Kok Heng Leun on the project, which will also be fleshed out by Singaporean pianist Lim Yan and actors Oon Shu An and Joshua Lim. The latter pair will deliver the text to frame the songs.

Listen to Haruki Murakami: Music Beyond Words runs on 28 and 29 October at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are on sale at $20, $40 and $60 from Sistic

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