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Nov
30
Thu
2017
Martha High With Osaka Monaurail @ Under The Bridge
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm
Martha High With Osaka Monaurail @ Under The Bridge | England | United Kingdom

James Brown’s Original Soul Sister meets Japan’s Heaviest Funk Crew.

Martha High is the ‘Hardest Working Woman in Show Business’ and was a part of the James Brown Soul Revue for over 30 years. Martha launched her solo career in 1979 on Salsoul Records and has subsequently released five more solo albums including a memorable collaboration with Speedometer in 2012. Martha has also been a part of the Maceo Parker band for 16 years.

The new Martha High album ‘Tribute to my Soul Sisters’ which pays homage to Lyn Collins and Marva Whitney who, along with Martha, were The JB’s ‘Funky Divas‘. The album weas recorded in collaboration with the hottest funk group in the Japanese Archipelago – Osaka Monaurail.

Osaka Monaurail are led by Ryo Nakata who have taken inspiration from the music of James Brown to create their own unique sound since their formation in 1992.

Osaka Monaurail take us back to the origins of the funk of the 60s and 70s: a flawless rhythm section, unrestrained brass riffs, tailor-made costumes, choreography set to the millimetre and kilos of sweat left on the dance floor.

Jun
6
Wed
2018
Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends @ Hoxton Hall
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends @ Hoxton Hall | England | United Kingdom

Yokohama Calling presents the debut UK performance by sensational Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi and bass legend Hideaki Kanazawa. This performance features a collaboration with two of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, Jason Yarde (saxophones) and Mark Mondesir (drums).

Info:

Dates: 6 June 2018
Times: Doors open 7pm. Programme starts at 7:45pm.
Location: Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SH
Tickets: https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/sumire-kuribayashi-friends-yokohama-calling/
Phone: (020) 768-4006
Twitter: @YokohamaCalling

Event Info

Together, Hideaki and Sumire present NIJUSO (duet), for a set of tunes that are intimate and explorative, tender and compelling, carrying the listener on new journeys through familiar landscapes. Jason Yarde and Mark Mondesir will expand the colour palette and dynamics adding saxophones and drums in duo, trio and quartet formats. The programme will feature compositions by all four musicians. This will be the first concert ever performed by these four musicians together. Expect contrast, supreme musicianship, surprise and a lot of heart.

The show is presented by Yokohama Calling, a London based producer creating unique cross-cultural collaborations which promote cultural understanding through the universal power of music. Yokohama Calling is a not-for-profit organisation.

Sumire Kuribayashi is the ascending star on the Japanese jazz scene. She is in great demand as a pianist. Sumire is a composer and bandleader and has released four albums under her own name and has contributed to many more.

Hideaki Kanazawa is a giant of the Japanese jazz scene and has worked with many of the most famous artists from Japan and beyond, including Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Hank Jones, Duke Jordan and many many more.

Jason yarde is a composer, band leader, arranger, producer and saxophonist. As a player he has worked with Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, McCoy Tyner, Manu Dibango, Roy Ayers and Andrew Hill. Jason has composed a great deal of music for film, TV and dance and has arranged for the Kronos Quartet, Manu Dibango and Hugh Masekela in collaboration with both Jazz Jamaica All Stars and with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Mondesir is one of the most in-demand drummers internationally and has worked across many music genres with artists as diverse as Counrtney Pine, Julian Joseph, John Mclaughlin, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Joe Zawinul and Jethro Tull.

Jun
11
Mon
2018
Panos Karan piano recital-Chopin @ Cadogan Hall
Jun 11 all-day
Panos Karan piano recital-Chopin @ Cadogan Hall | England | United Kingdom

The wildlife charity Born Free Foundation is thrilled to be working with internationally acclaimed pianist and conductor Panos Karan who performs Chopin’s 24 formidable, evocative and popular Études, while also speaking about his charity Keys of Change, Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, which uses music to improve the lives of young people living in extraordinary circumstances around the world.

Greek-born Panos, who has performed in some of the world’s top venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Boston Symphony Hall and Tokyo Suntory Hall, has a passion to bring classical music to deprived audiences around the world and with music education improve the lives of children and young people in need.

The event is raising funds to support Born Free’s Global Friends programme, which supports schools and communities alongside our wildlife projects in Africa and Asia, and Keys of Change musical education programmes from Ecuador and the Amazon, to India and tsunami-stricken Fukushima. Tickets are limited and will sell out fast, so don’t miss the opportunity to be involved!

Jul
31
Tue
2018
World Shakuhachi Festival Gala Opening Concert @ Union Chapel
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
World Shakuhachi Festival Gala Opening Concert @ Union Chapel

The Opening Gala Concert of the World Shakuhachi Festival.

The World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. As an instrument, the shakuhachi is known by many people, but without being named or recognised. It has put in appearances in many film soundtracks, including the final Harry Potter films, and is on the other hand enjoyed by many because of its deeply meditative quality. The instrument is, however capable of a broad range of music, from quiet to energetic and stimulating, alone, and grouped with other instruments, from Japan and elsewhere. The broad spectrum of its music will appeal to music lovers from all walks of life and with all tastes, from traditional to modern, from meditative to ‘world music’.

The WSF2018 will offer an unique opportunity to experience the world of shakuhachi close up and in a variety not seen before in the UK or Europe. Our schedule is bursting with a wide range of concerts, workshops, lectures, talks, exhibitions, screenings and informal gatherings, bringing together around 40 top-level shakuhachi performers from Japan and another 40 from other countries to play and teach. Whether you are a seasoned shakuhachi professional, an enthusiastic hobbyist or simply interested in discovering new cultural and musical territory, WSF2018 is the place to be.

Aug
1
Wed
2018
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London | England | United Kingdom

The World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. As an instrument, the shakuhachi is known by many people, but without being named or recognised. It has put in appearances in many film soundtracks, including the final Harry Potter films, and is on the other hand enjoyed by many because of its deeply meditative quality. The instrument is, however capable of a broad range of music, from quiet to energetic and stimulating, alone, and grouped with other instruments, from Japan and elsewhere. The broad spectrum of its music will appeal to music lovers from all walks of life and with all tastes, from traditional to modern, from meditative to ‘world music’.

The WSF2018 will offer an unique opportunity to experience the world of shakuhachi close up and in a variety not seen before in the UK or Europe. Our schedule is bursting with a wide range of concerts, workshops, lectures, talks, exhibitions, screenings and informal gatherings, bringing together around 40 top-level shakuhachi performers from Japan and another 40 from other countries to play and teach. Whether you are a seasoned shakuhachi professional, an enthusiastic hobbyist or simply interested in discovering new cultural and musical territory, WSF2018 is the place to be.

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Tetsuya Umeda, Dirty Electronics, Tim Shaw – SACRIFICIAL FLOORS @ IKLECTIK
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm
Tetsuya Umeda, Dirty Electronics, Tim Shaw  - SACRIFICIAL FLOORS @ IKLECTIK | United Kingdom

A floor strewn with beer cans, bits of scrap metal, ceramic bowls, curious, miscellaneous electronics and wires: a collection of sundry things to make sound. Tetsuya Umeda, Dirty Electronics and Tim Shaw create a series of performance-installations that embrace ‘working in public’. Objects and things are explored in situ, in time, in memory. There is a prioritisation of sound. It is only through the dismantling and analyzing of things that we may understand their structure…making and unmaking become a processual part of performance. This unique collaboration focuses on performing in ‘each other spaces’; and how prototypic, extended electronic circuits and technological processes may intersect with materials and physical objects within a space.

May
28
Tue
2019
ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019 @ Babel Art House
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019 @ Babel Art House

Japanese singer-songwriter Ichiko Aoba coming back to London as ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019!

ICHIKO AOBA
Born on 28 January 1990. She started playing guitar at the age of 17 and debuted her first album,”Kamisori Otome” (Razor Girl), at the age of 19. Since then, she has released several original albums, the latest work is “qp” released in 2018, after the domestic tour she carried out her third Asian tour. Besides her own solo work, she has collaborated with other musicians such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Keigo Oyamada and U-zhaan.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igg-vu8TLig

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre
Aug 23 – Aug 24 all-day
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre

Grimeborn Opera Festival

8pm 23rd August
3pm 24th August
8pm 24th August

Origami and music. A multi-media opera installation. Verity Lane‘s two-part project draws on her 10 years’ experience of living in Japan, exploring classical Japanese traditions with a uniquely avant-garde twist.

A brand-new performance project with music, stories and concept by Verity Lane, Origami Soundscapes: Flower, Bird, Wind & Moon explores ancient symbolism and Japanese birdsong, featuring a large-scale origami performance by Coco Sato, percussion, shakuhachi and storytelling.

The Crane reimagines a Japanese folk story about a magical crane that takes human form, set around Hokkaido’s Otowa Bridge. This mystical opera installation explores traditional Japanese aesthetics through a blend of Noh theatre conventions, traditional and contemporary dance, avant-garde music and animation.

Sung in English and Japanese without surtitles.

Music and Libretto (English and Japanese) by Verity Lane

Supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/events/342669456446524/

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Verity Lane/music, words, creative directer
Coco Sato/Giant Origami
Beibei Wang/Percussion
Mirei Yazawa/Dance
Tomoko Komura/Voice
Hester Dart/Voice
Kiku Day/Shakuhachi
Rowan O’Brien/Animator

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Verity Lane
Born in Tottenham and spending nearly a decade in Japan, visual artist, composer and writer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual performance installations for traditional Japanese instruments. and beyond.
Her recent multi-media projects include A Thousand Bamboo in a Dancing Wind (performance installation for 300 shakuhachi, 2 dancers, projection and performance poetry, commissioned by The World Shakuhachi Festival, held at Goldsmiths, 2018), Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation), and Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji where she worked with artists including Ko Ishikawa (sho/Reigakusha), Etsuko Takezawa (koto/shamisen) and Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/kotsuzumi). Both projects saw Lane launch herself within London’s avant garde music scene, selling out venues across London.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/veritycomposer/

Coco Sato is an award-winning Japanese artist based in the UK. Her work uses origami to change the way people see the world.
https://www.facebook.com/GiantOrigami/

Mirei Yazawa is a performance artist based in London.

Beibei Wang is a genre defying percussionist based in London.
https://www.facebook.com/beibeiwangmusic/

Tomoko Komura is a London based performer from Japan, trained at the London International School of Performing Arts with an MFA in Lecoq-based Actor-Created Theatre (2006). She has performed and toured in shows by award-winning theatre companies such as Theatre Ad Infinitum (Ballad of the Burning Star), Theatre Témoin (Jukai) and Out of Chaos (Out of Chaos).

Kiku Day is a shakuhachi player based in Denmark.
http://www.kikuday.com/

Hester Dart is a London based contralto and graduate from the University of Leeds. They study with Prof. Neil Baker and are currently finishing their second year at the Morley College Opera School. Hester is particularly interested in promoting the work of
LGBTQ+ composers and musicians. They would like to contribute towards a more inclusive and accessible environment within classical music and opera.

Rowan O’Brien is a renowned animator and 3D artist from the West Coast of Ireland. He mixes sketches, objects, computer animation, and video in his work. He has screened and exhibited work across Europe, South Korea and Japan, where he lived and studied Japanese fabric craft known as oshie.

Sep
29
Sun
2019
Japan Matsuri @ Trafalgar Square, London
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

London’s very own festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns on Sunday, 29 September 2019 in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city. A regular fixture now in the London calendar, this free annual festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family.

The concept of the theme this year is “Future generations”.

Everything kicks off at 10.00am and runs through till 8.00pm. With two stages, there is plenty to see all day. The programme of stage performance for this year is still being finalised and will feature exciting new acts as well as the return of favourites from previous Matsuri.

Enjoy the atmosphere with Japanese festival food from the numerous stalls. Join in the fun in the family activities area with games and dressing in kimono. Try your hand at Japanese cartoons on the manga wall.

Japan Matsuri is organised jointly by the Japan Association, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Society and Nippon Club, with support from the Embassy of Japan.

Nov
17
Sun
2019
AMI YAMASAKI + CHARLIE COLLINS & GUESTS @ Iklectik
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm
AMI YAMASAKI + CHARLIE COLLINS & GUESTS @ Iklectik

Ami Yamasaki & Charlie Collins + guests

Ami Yamasaki & Charlie Collins, on a short tour marking Yamasaki’s UK debut, arrive at Iklectik for the final performance, where after a short duo set they will be joined by Beatrix Ward-Fernandez and Derek Saw.

Ami Yamasaki – voice
Charlie Collins – waterphone & percussion
with
Beatrix Ward-Fernandez – theremin
Derek Saw – trumpets & flugelhorn

AMI YAMASAKI is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. She creates installations, performance pieces, and films. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: “How does the world construct itself” For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields.

Ami sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives. She sings, and listens, and “little by little, the space begins to make its own music.”
As a vocalist she has collaborated with Ryuchi Sakamoto, psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, Yasunao Tone, Ikue Mori, Carl Stone, and Ned Rothenberg among many others, and provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima. Her elaborate installations have been featured in art spaces across Japan, while her short films have evoked a passionate response, and received critical acclaim.

CHARLIE COLLINS is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in the UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation. Early recordings for cult labels Industrial, Fetish, and Doublevision were soon followed by collaborations with many of the pioneers of free improvisation, while his interest in East Asian percussion and rhythm technique is displayed in current work with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, pianist Yoko Miura, visual artist Bongsu Park, composer Ryoko Akama, vocalist Ami Yamasaki, and Butoh dancers Mushimaru Fujieda and Tsukasa Kamidate. He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops.