Art & Design

Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo with Clive Bell (shakuhachi): Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji

8 April 2016, London

Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji is a brand new large-scale work for two guitars, composed by Ryan Probert in collaboration with the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo. This concert marks the culmination of their four-year-long project, and celebrates the CD release of this delicate yet expansive piece.


Taking inspiration from both Hokusai’s famous woodblock prints and Probert’s own time in Japan, the thirty-six movements enchant in their serenity and contrast, described by the Daily Telegraph’s Ivan Hewitt as ‘charmingly Satie-like in their oddity, and played with truly uncanny unanimity by guitarists Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey’. The concert will also feature music from Sergio Assad’s Summer Garden Suite for two guitars, composed for the 1994 film Natsu no Niwa (The Friends), and a set of solo improvisations and classical Japanese works performed by shakuhachi flautist Clive Bell.


The Vickers Bovey Duo owe a debt of gratitude to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for financial assistance with album production costs.


The Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo have performed extensively around the UK, including at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place (London Guitar Festival), The Sage (North-East Guitar Festival), Bath Guitar Festival, Shrewsbury Guitar Festival, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Colston Hall (Bristol), Frome Festival and The Forge (Camden). They have won multiple awards, including IGF’s young artist scheme in 2014, and have received grants from Help Musicians UK, Blythe Watson Charitable Trust and the Countess of Munster Postgraduate Awards.


Clive Bell is a musician, composer and writer with a specialist interest in theshakuhachi, khene (Thai mouth organ) and other East Asian wind instruments. He has travelled extensively in Japan (where he studied shakuhachi with the master Kohachiro Miyata), Thailand, Laos and Bali, researching music and meeting local practitioners. Clive is the shakuhachi player on Karl Jenkins’s album Requiem on EMI Classics, the final two Harry Potter movies, and The Hobbit. His shakuhachi has been featured live on Radio 3’s Late Junction and In Tune.



Tickets: £6.50 (advance booking highly recommended)

8 April 2016, 7pm

The Swedenborg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Hall entrance on Barter St) London WC1A 2TH


Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo, in association with Japan Society London