October 21, 2015

Many films are adapted from books, including great ones like Blade Runner, Lord of the Rings, The Shawshank Redemption… And every YA show currently out there since the dawn of Twilight. As for music that’s birthed from books, that’s a bit more rare. In this case though, there’s a music production, here in Singapore end October, that’s dedicated to words – in particular, the words of well-known Japanese author, Haruki Murakami.

It’s like finally having a soundtrack of his books. Fans of his novels already know how he weaves the element of music into his stories, so think of this as a reimagined, reinterpreted playlist of what his stories will sound like. Listen to Haruki Murakami: Music Beyond Words will show on 28 and 29 October at the Victoria Theatre, and will primarily feature jazz music, one of Murakami’s favourite genres.

Co-produced by the Japan Foundation and CultureLink, this concert will be led by Japanese musicians Chihiro Yamanaka Trio and the 1966 Quartet, in collaboration with Singaporean pianist Lim Yan. To further add to interpretation of the author’s surrealist works, local actors Oon Shu An and Joshua Lim will be on hand to deliver extracts from books like Norwegian Wood and 1Q84.

Tickets to Listen to Haruki Murakami: Music Beyond Words are now on sale at $20, $40 and $60. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit