May 24, 2012

Jazz Art Sengawa 2012

Jazz Art Sengawa is the best music event for jazz, avant-pop, and improvisation in Japan. This year's festival will be held on July 20-22.

The line-up is utterly impressive as always, and of course it includes Hikashu.

What makes this event so special is that it is curated and organized by musicians themselves. And it is for music cognoscenti. Just take a look at the line-up and you could see that clearly.

Also, geographically, it is very convenient if you are in Tokyo area. Sengawa is a town located in Chofu, westside of Tokyo. It could be accessed by Keio line, took 20 minutes from Shinjuku. There is an entry on Wikipedia about Sengawa Station, here

There are three venues used for this year's festival - Sengawa Theater, Kick Back Cafe, and Jenny's Kitchen. The line-up and ticket information are as follows.

July 9 update: Regarding the Sengawa Theater shows, 3 day Ticket and 1 day Ticket for July 21 are both sold out. For the other days, the supply is limited as well so better obtain them in hurry.

July 20, Friday

@ Sengawa Theater


Ito Hiromi (poetry reading), Sawai Kazue (koto)

Okuma Wataru (clarinet), Ohta Keisuke (violin), Sakurai Yoshiki (guitar), Kawaguchi Yoshiyuki (alto saxophone), Kita Yoichiro (trumpet), Sekijima Takero (tuba), Yoshida Tatsuya (drums), Kogure Miwazo (chin-dong)

@ Kick Back Cafe

Oorutaichi (voice, electronics), Tonchi (guitar, voice)

July 21, Saturday

@ Sengawa Theater

"Voice Play for Children"
Ootaka Shizuru (vocal), Carl Stone (computer, electronics), Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello)

"Open Session for Improvisation" [admission free]

Kurachi Fumio (vocal, guitar), Kikuchi Naruyoshi (tenor saxophone, keyboard), Sotoyama Akira (drums)

Pet Bottle Ningen
Dave Scanlon (guitar), Yoshida Nonoko (saxophone), Dave Miller (drums)

Fujiwara Kiyoto Trio plus Makigami Koichi
Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass), Davide Santorsola (piano), Fuke Shunsuke (drums), Makigami Koichi (voice, theremin)

Sakata Akira (alto saxophone, clarinet, vocal), Jim O'Rourke (guitar), Takaoka Daisuke (tuba), Yamamoto Tatsuhisa (drums)

@ Kick Back Cafe


@ Jenny's Kitchen

Saga Yuki (vocal), Mizutani Hiroaki (bass)

Fuwa Daisuke (bass), Izumi Kunihiro (alto saxophone, vocal)

Higashino Shoko (dance), Ichiraku Toshiyuki (drums), Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello)

Tokyo Slim
Katayama Hiroaki (tenor saxophone), Tatsumi Mitsuhide (trumpet), Takahashi Yasuyuki (trombone), Ino Nobuyoshi (bass), Yamaguchi Koichi (keyboards), Fujikake Masataka (drums)

July 22, Sunday

@ Sengawa Theater

"Sunday Matinee Concert" [admission free]
Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass)

mito from clammbon (guitar), Katsui Yuji (violin), Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello)

Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet, shakuhachi), Mita Freeman (guitar), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shimizu Kazuto (piano, bass-clarinet), Sato Masaharu (drums)

Oki Itaru (trumpet), Tchangodei (piano), Kikuchi Mari (hapner)

Umezu Kazutoki (alto saxophone), Kumagai Kazunori (tap), Shimizu Kazuto (piano), Winchester Nii Tete (percussions)

John Zorn's Cobra Sengawa Operation Sakamoto Hiromichi Unit
Tanaka Yoshikazu (alto saxophone), Pika (drums, voice), Goto Mariko (guitar, vocal), Nakajima Sachiko (piano), Takehisa Ken (drums), Fujikake Masataka (drums), Yoshino Hiroshi (bass), Yamakawa Fuyuki (voice) and others

@ Jenny's Kitchen

Yanagiya Koharu (vocal, shamisen), Ikezawa Ryusaku (drums)

Samm Bennett (vocal, guitar), Makigami Koichi (voice)

Higuchi Keiko (vocal), Kanda Shinichiro (piano)

Kato Takayuki (guitar) solo

The Producers of the festival are Makigami Koichi, Fujiwara Kiyoto, and Sakamoto Hiromichi.

Note: the time table for Jenny's Kitchen is to be announced. Some personnels are yet fixed as well. All subject to be updated.

June 11 update: The time table for Jenny's Kitchen added. Some personnels are updated.

Ticket information

Sengawa Theater:
All the tickets are available at Sengawa Theater box office.

3 day ticket - 12,000 yen

1 day ticket:
3,000 yen for July 20
5,000 yen each for July 21 and 22
The 1-day ticket applies for all program (except "Voice Play for Children" on July 21, which required 500 yen for advance or 1,000 yen at door separately - Free admission for children under 5 years old. Session for Improvisation, and Sunday Matinee Concert are admission free).
The prices here are for advance - plus 500 yen each at door.

1 stage ticket - 2,500 yen for each act, sold only on the day of the performance. Start selling at Sengawa Theater box office at 10:00 AM.

Please note: you can't see the shows if you have just the 1-day ticket or 3-day ticket only! For entrance, you need a pass, which issued for each day.

To obtain the pass, exchange your 1-day or 3-day ticket with it at the Sengawa Theater office. Need not to hurry - You should get the pass if you have the day's ticket.

Kick Back Cafe:
adv 3,500 yen - at door 4,000 yen for each day
(one drink or food order minimum)
tickets available at the venue. For reservation, call the cafe at 03-5384-1577 or mail to (Japanese)

Jenny's Kitchen:
1 day ticket
adv 3,500 yen - at door 4,000 yen
1 stage ticket
adv 1,500 yen - at door 2,000 yen for each act
ticket available at the Sengawa Theater box office

Remember - all the tickets are available limited quantities only, so better be in hurry.

Jazz Art Sengawa official site (Japanese)

Jazz Art Sengawa 2012 Facebook

For your reference:

Jazz Art Sengawa - Cellist Hiromichi Sakamoto and Japan's avant-garde build a home of their own Metropolis, August 25, 2011

Live Reports - Jazz Art Sengawa 2010 Metropolis, July 12, 2010

Jazz Art Sengawa on YouTube

Sengawa Theater

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Kick Back Cafe, Sengawa

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Jenny's Kitchen, Sengawa

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Jazz Art Sengawa 2011 digest

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