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Mar
2
Fri
2018
Makoto Kawabata & Geoff Leigh + Support act by Kamura Obscura solo @ Iklectik
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm
Makoto Kawabata & Geoff Leigh + Support act by Kamura Obscura solo @ Iklectik  | United Kingdom

Makoto “Speed Guru” Kawabata is best known as leader of Japanese psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple, and for his innumerable collaborations & recordings with members of Gong, Guru Guru, & many other Japanese and international musicians.

Geoff Leigh is well known for his work with Henry Cow in the early 70’s, as well as contributing to fellow Virgin bands of the time Hatfield And The North, & Slapp Happy. In recent years he has collaborated with members of Faust, Porcupine Tree (as Ex-Wise Heads with bassist Colin Edwin), Nurse With Wound, and musicians such as Mitsuru Tabata, Tatsuya Yoshida, & Nana Tsiboe. He is currently a member of Jump For Joy (featuring members of Faust & Henry Cow), and The Artaud Beats (also featuring Henry Cow alumni).

The duo first played together in Kyoto, Japan, in 2014 – the recording of this concert was released on CD as Spatial Roots.

In 2016 they played eight concerts in Japan – material from these is in the pipeline for a 2nd CD release. Their music embraces a wide range of styles and influences, mixing elements of ethnic, rock, jazz, world, ambient, & electronica, and is completely improvised.
Kamura Obscura solo – ​Atsuko Kamura

One of Tokyo’s most emotive and inventive singers, part of the women’s liberation movement, giving birth to the first Japanese feminist punk band, Mizutama Shobodan (Polkadot Fire Brigade), Japanese agit-prop feminist pioneers. They toured Japan and released two albums, the second of which, Manten ni Akai Hanabira (Red Petals Full in the Sky) was produced by Fred Frith.

​She joined UK based Japanese pop group Frank Chickens alongside Kazuko Hohki in 1988 and toured Europe, US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USSR and Japan. This group appeared in Kazuko’s Karaoke Klub on Channel 4 TV in UK in which Kamura was hostess to Spike Milligan, also surviving Jimmy Saville, and performing in musical Club Monkey.

​After decades of soaking up London underground rave, in 2002 she began working with Robert Storey (Orchestre Murphy) in a new group I am A Kamura (Simon King – guitar, Matt Armstrong – bass, and Paul May – drums).

​Other projects included vocal duo Honeymoons with Tenko, touring in Europe, Canada and US where they played with innovative New York improvisers such as Tom Cora. Their album was produced by Kenichi Takeda. Kamura’s hard rock project Yamaneko (Hiroshi Higo – bass, Boy – drums and Lapis – guitar) featured performances with John Zorn. And Anglo-Japanese jazz progressive rock band, Setsubun Bean Unit, (Gideon Jukes – tuba, Pete Flood – drums, Brendan Kelly – sax) who made an appearance in Sonar festival in Barcelona in 2007, whilst she has also worked with improvising rock trio Superstrings. As a solo improviser vocalist Kamura has performed with improvisers Eddie Prevost, Clive Bell, Sylvia Hallett and Charles Haywood.

​https://www.kamuraobscura.com

Mar
27
Tue
2018
One Green Bottle @ Soho Theatre
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – May 19 @ 8:30 pm
One Green Bottle @ Soho Theatre | England | United Kingdom

A presentation by Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Soho Theatre in association with Noda Map. Written by Hideki Noda, translated by Will Shapre.

The European premiere of an absurd comedy from the team behind the international hit The Bee

Boo, Bo and Pickle have all made plans tonight. But someone has to stay home and look after Princess.

People are waiting, start times are looming. No one’s budging and petty bickering soon spirals into a ludicrous battle of wills and, possibly, the end of the world.

Renowned Japanese writer, performer and Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Hideki Noda paints a portrait of a disconnected family on a self-destructive course in this satirical comedy about consumerism and technology in a ‘selfie’ society.

Starring Hideki himself, Olivier Award-winning actor and director Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard in an English translation adapted by Will Sharpe.

With music and soundscape influenced by traditional Japanese Noh and Kabuki performed live by legendary Japanese Kabuki musician Denzaemon Tanaka XIII.

Main image: ©Yuni Yoshida

Apr
18
Wed
2018
Gagaku: spiritual music of the Japanese Middle Ages @ British Museum
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Gagaku: spiritual music of the Japanese Middle Ages

Gagaku: spiritual music of the Japanese Middle Ages

The Japanese ensemble Reigakusha plays gagaku – the world’s oldest orchestral music still being performed today.

This form of Japanese classical music was first performed at the imperial court in Kyoto in the 7th century and follows precise ceremonial rules. Performed in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery (Room 4) for a dynamic and unique musical experience.

Reigakusha was established in 1985 under the direction of Sukeyasu Shiba with the purpose of performing and studying gagaku. Its repertory includes not only standard classical pieces but contemporary ones commissioned specially for the ensemble, and it also reconstructs ancient repertory. It has recorded many discs of classical, contemporary and reconstructed gagaku pieces, and performed at renowned concert halls over the world. In 2002, Reigakusha was awarded the Kenzo Nakajima Music Prize, and the Excellent Award in the Disc Section of the Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival. In 2016, it was awarded the 16th Keizo Saji Prize. In addition, Reigakusha has organised lecture concerts presented in a fun and informative way so that the audience can be familiar with gagaku, and a number of workshops and concerts for school students in various cities in Japan.

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Damo Suzuki: UK Tour @ Venues Nation Wide
Apr 28 – May 15 all-day

 legend Damo Suzuki is probably best known for his work as the lead singer for German group Can.
Since going their separate ways, Suzuki has gone on to perform solo and with fellow musicians whom he refers to as ‘sound carriers’. The shows are a demonstration of improvisation in its purest form, with Suzuki choosing to not rehearse at all beforehand and instead feed off the other sound carriers’ energy on stage.

http://www.damosuzuki.com/live/

May
3
Thu
2018
Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa London event @ Iklectik
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa London event @ Iklectik  | United Kingdom

Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa visit the UK to play a handful of live events– the final leg of a short European tour. They will be collaborating with percussionist Charlie Collins and violinist Beatrix Ward-Fernandez for a series of Butoh performances accompanied by live improvised music.

May
6
Sun
2018
Reiko Fujisawa – Piano Recital @ King's Place
May 6 @ 6:30 pm

Reiko Fujisawa 2017Reiko Fujisawa is delighted to be performing at various venue in the UK. The recital features music by leading British and Japanese composers: Thomas Adès and Toru Takemitsu.

20 April 2018
the 2018 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

The Town Hall, St. George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

http://www.hebdenbridgepianofestival.com/category/hbpiano-2018/

Admission TBC

 

6 May 2018, 6.30pm
Reiko Fujisawa (piano) and the Carducci String Quartet

King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/LCMS#.WXDX9E3rvcs

Ticket: £29.50, £14.50, £9.50

 

14 May 2018, 7.45pm

Goldberg Variations – Reiko Fujisawa (piano)

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

http://www.reikofujisawa.com/event-directory/

Admission TBC

May
11
Fri
2018
NO CARS SHOW @ Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
NO CARS SHOW 11th May

NO CARS SHOW 11th May

Okaeri Haruna! Witty J-pop girl band play a reunion gig!

May
14
Mon
2018
Reiko Fujisawa – Piano Recital @ Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
May 14 @ 7:45 pm

Reiko Fujisawa 2017Reiko Fujisawa is delighted to be performing at various venue in the UK. The recital features music by leading British and Japanese composers: Thomas Adès and Toru Takemitsu.

20 April 2018
the 2018 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

The Town Hall, St. George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

http://www.hebdenbridgepianofestival.com/category/hbpiano-2018/

Admission TBC

 

6 May 2018, 6.30pm
Reiko Fujisawa (piano) and the Carducci String Quartet

King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/LCMS#.WXDX9E3rvcs

Ticket: £29.50, £14.50, £9.50

 

14 May 2018, 7.45pm

Goldberg Variations – Reiko Fujisawa (piano)

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

http://www.reikofujisawa.com/event-directory/

Admission TBC

May
25
Fri
2018
MCM Comic Con London @ Excel London
May 25 – May 27 all-day

London MCM Expo 2018‘MCM Comic Con events are the UK and Ireland’s and most exciting pop culture shows, and the only UK based shows that bring together such a broad scope of popular culture categories including; Movies, Gaming, Comics, Anime, Television, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys.

We aim to put on the best consumer shows for the modern pop-culture market. Our show floors are packed full of activity from live eSports matches and cosplay celebrations to experiential opportunities inspired by the movies and brand new releases of your favourite games to play.
On top of all that we have the awesome Comic Village area for independent comic artists, VidFest for upcoming YouTube stars, PopAsia to revel in all things Asian inspired and Memorabilia, our collector haven. Our theatres also play host to exclusive screenings and panels of special guests, all whom take part in photograph sessions and signings throughout the weekend.
MCM Comic Con is THE destination event to celebrate all things pop-culture, it is not to be missed by any geek, nerd, cosplayer, or fan boy and girl!’

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.