Jun 18, 2013

Jazz Art Sengawa 2013

Jazz Art Sengawa is small but notable event for jazz, avant-pop, and improvisation in Tokyo. This year's festival will be held on July 19-21.

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

July 19, Friday

@ Sengawa Theater

Art Parade


"Tandem Sound Poem"
Kanazawa Kazushi (compiler), Kotobuki Hikaru (architect) with Fujiwara Kiyoto (double bass solo)

Hihokan with Oki Itaru (trumpet)
Saito Ryo (drums), Sugadairo (piano), Koketsu Masayo (alto saxophone), Sato Erika (bass), Ishii Chizuru (tuzumi), Atami Houko (secrecy)

July 20, Saturday

@ Sengawa Theater

"Voice Play for Children"
Tokidoki Jido

"Open Session for Improvisation" [admission free]

"Double Live Painting"
Kuroda Seitaro (live painting), Arai Ryoji (live painting), Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello)

Superterz + Koho Mori-Newton & SIMON BERNS

Fujiwara Kiyoto + Haino Keiji
Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass), Haino Keiji (guitar, voice)

Hikashu with Lauren Newton (voice)
Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet, shakuhachi), Mita Freeman (guitar), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shimizu Kazuto (piano, synthesizer, bass clarinet), Sato Masaharu (drums)

@ Jenny's Kitchen

Mita Freeman Sings Standards
Mita Freeman (vocal), Shimizu Kazuto (piano)

Bright Moments
Takaoka Daisuke (tuba), Arimoto Rabito (trumpet), Hashimoto Tatsuya (drums)

aqua jade
Haco (vocal, electronics), Imanichi Reiko (sho, effects)

Third Person Workshop
Umezu Kazutoki (reeds), Samm Bennett (percussion) plus guests
note: guest member are selected via general audition

July 21, Sunday

@ Sengawa Theater

"Sunday Matinee Concert" [admission free]
Suzuki Akio (sound art)

Soom Kim (saxophone), Hayakawa Takeharu (bass), Fujikake Masataka (drums) with Kitai Akemi and Tsukada Tsugumi (puppeteer)

Sakata Akira Unit
Sakata Akira (reeds), Yamamoto Tatsuhisa (drums), Jim O'Rourke (guitar), Takaoka Daisuke (tuba), Sakaguchi Mitsuo (keyboard)

Third Person with Sato Motohiko (piano)
Umezu Kazutoki (reeds), Samm Bennett (percussions)

Jazz Art Trio
Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass), Sakamoto Hiromichi (bass), Makigami Koichi (voice) with Yamada Setsuko (dance)

John Zorn's Cobra Sengawa Operation Jim O'Rourke Unit
Jim O'Rourke, Hatano Atsuko, Sudo Toshiaki, Yamamoto Tatsuhisa, Ishibashi Eiko, Tonchi, U-zhaan, Gokita Tomoo, Chiba Hiroki, Makigami Koichi and others

@ Jenny's Kitchen

Sakamoto Osamu No Kage (projection), Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello)

Izumi Kunihiro Trio
Izumi Kunihiro (reeds), Iwami Keigo (bass), Nozaki Rihito (guitar)

Iwase Junji (reeds) solo

Suzuki Isao (bass), Killer-Bong

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

Ticket information

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

1 day ticket:
3,000 yen for July 19
5,000 yen each for July 20 and 21
The 1-day ticket applies for all program (except "Voice Play for Children" on July 20, 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.

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

1 day ticket for both Sengawa Theatre and Jenny's Kitchen:
7,200 yen (quantities limited)

Jazz Art Sengawa official site (Japanese)

Jazz Art Sengawa Facebook

Jazz Art Sengawa 2013 - Time Out Tokyo

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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Jenny's Kitchen, Sengawa

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Jazz Art Sengawa 2011 digest

Related Entries:
Jazz Byobu After Dark
Jazz Art Sengawa 2010
Jazz Art Sengawa

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