Aug 30, 2018

Jazz Art Sengawa 2018: September 13-16

The 11th Jazz Art Sengawa, a prominent event of jazz, avant-pop, and improvised music in Tokyo, will be held at Sengawa Theatre on September 13-16, 2018.

This festival has been praised for its quite adventurous booking policies, and this year's line-up is no exception. It's must-see, especially if you are interested in contemporary music scene of Japan.

Also notable is this is an entirely artist-driven thing - the producers are all artists themselves: Makigami Koichi, Fujiwara Kiyoto, and Sakamoto Hiromichi.

September 13 Thursday

Free Improvisation workshop 16:30 - 18:00
open-to-public, impromptu session moderated by the producers

Preamble by the producers 19:45

Otomo Lussier duo 20:00 - 21:00
Otomo Yoshihide (guitar), René Lussier (guitar) duo

September 14 Friday

John Zorn's Cobra 19:30 - 21:00
Makigami Koichi (prompter), Okuma Wataru (clarinet), Ono Ryoko (saxophone), Kita Yoichiro (trumpet), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shibata Nao (violin), Johnny Okura Daijin (voice), Yoshidadaikiti (citar), René Lussier (guitar, daxophone), Luzio Altobelli (accordion), Julie Houle (tuba), Marton Maderspach (drums), Robbie Kuster (drums)

September 15 Saturday

"Poetry and Music" 13:30 - 15:00
Shiraishi Kazuko (poetry), Oki Itaru (trumet), Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass)
Makigami Koichi (poetry), Werner Puntigam (trombone), Arimoto Rato (trumpet)
Misumi Miduki (poetry), Kondo Toshiro (piano)

Sakamoto Hiromichi direction 16:30 - 18:00
Peter Evans (trumpet), Ishikawa Ko (sho), Imanishi Beniyuki (koto), Chino Shuichi (keyboard), Sakamoto Hitomichi (cello)

Makigami Koichi direction 19:30 - 21:00
Hikashu x Saicobab
Hikashu - Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet), Mita Freeman (guitar), Sakaide Masami (bass), Shimizu Kazuto (keyboard, bass clarinet), Sato Masaharu (drums)
Saicobab - Yoshimio (vocal), Yoshidadaikiti (citar), Akita Goldman (bass), Hama (frame drum)

September 16 Sunday

Sakamoto Hiromichi direction 13:30 - 15:00
Lauren Newton (voice), Heiri Kaenzig (bass), Yamasaki Aya (voice), Sakamoto Hiromichi (cello), Hanayagi Reno (nihon buyo), Higuma Haruo (visual projection)

"Quebec and Japan" 16:30 - 18:00
René Lussier Quintette - René Lussier (guitar, daxophone), Luzio Altobelli (accordion), Julie Houle (tuba), Marton Maderspach (drums), Robbie Kuster (drums)
Harada Setsu (ondo martono), Makigami Koichi (theremin)
Alive painting supplied by Nakayama Akiko

Fujiwara Kiyoto direction 19:30 - 21:00
Sakata Akira (alto saxophone, clarinet), Peter Evans (trumpet), Fujiwara Kiyoto (bass), Reggie Nicholson (drums), Fujiyama Yuko (piano)

There will be also open-air sessions with various performers held at the nearby Sengawa Station Park on September 15 and 16. Admission free. See the following map for direction.

September 13-16, 2018
Jazz Art Sengawa
@ Sengawa Theatre
Chofu, Tokyo

1 stage - 3,000 yen
(2,700 yen for Sengawa resident, 1,500 yen for student)
1 day pass - 6,800 yen (available only for September 15 or 16)
3 days ticket - 15,000 yen (September 14-16)
2,000 yen - Otomo Lussier duo on September 13
admission free - free improvisation workshop on September 13
available at the Sengawa Theater box office, or eplus (online ticket vendor)

Sengawa Theatre, Chofu, Tokyo

Sengawa Station Park, Chofu, Tokyo

All images are derived from the official Jazz Art Sengawa website: