Thursday, 30 October 2008

Ghost Music- Jerry Gordon at Cypher Cafe- OSAKA -Oct 31 (Friday)

Something Spooky for Halloween..... Jerry Gordon Live

Date: Friday, October 31, 2008
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Cypher Cafe in Morinomiya
near Morninomiya Stn on JR and Subway (Osaka)

see map below

Friday, 24 October 2008

1st November 2008 (Sat) Mirror Image at UrBANGUILD

Capital Punishment

Heres notice of an upcoming event that features a couple of JunKroom regulars- Jetvel who will be performing in another one of his projects "Capital Punishment" alongside Hide (from Ultra Bide)

DJ AFRIphoniCAAAA is also on the bill

This looks like an evening of extreme noise terror- so don't forget your earplugs!

11月1日 (sat) mirror image
Capital Punishment(hide-ultra bide-+jetvel)

With DJ's
fucked 76
masaki koizumi
kallassy(poco a poco)

Organized by unkomushiman

door 2000 yen with 1drink

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Ima Tenko/今貂子(Butoh)+Itaru Oki/沖至(trumpet) 10月29日 (wed) URBANGUILD

Noticed this on the schedule at Urbanguild - organized by "Paris ∞ Kyoto vol.2"
Solo Dance by Ima Tenko accompanied by Itaru Oki on Trumpet.
See details below- pasted from Urbanguild homepage.

10月29日 (wed) 即興セッション「Paris ∞ Kyoto」vol.2

80 年代より舞踏シーンをリードしてきた白虎社に参加した経歴を持ち、現在は京都を拠点に舞踏という身体表現を追及する舞踏家、今貂子。自身が主宰する舞踏カンパニー「今貂子+倚羅座」は、00年の結成以来、精力的に活動を展開し、05年ヨーロッパツアー、07年京都・五條楽園歌舞練場での公演「たからづくし」では多くの観客を魅了した。共演するのは60-70年代にかけ、日本のフリージャズシーンで活躍し、現在はパリを拠点にジャズプレーヤーとして積極的に活動をしているトランペット奏者、沖至。74年のフランスへの移住宣言は日本中で大きな話題となり、朝日新聞・天声人語欄でも「沖至のパリ移住はひとつの頭脳流出である」と書かれたほど。DVD「パリ∞京都/沖至」の発売を記念して、3年ぶりに即興セッションが実現。表現の原点に迫るスリリングな芸の出会い、ぶつかり合い。乞うご期待!!!


OPEN 18:30/ START 19:30
adv.2300 yen with 1drink / door 2700 yen with 1drink

Itaru, OKI
Born in Suma-Ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan on 10th September 1941. Oki Itaru was raised in a rich musical environment; his father was a player of the Shakuhachi (Japanese vertical flute) and his mother was a master of the Koto (Japanese horizontal harp) of the Ikuta School. He started to play the trumpet in his high school brass band before playing in a Dixieland style band and then in a bop band. In the late 1960’s, the trumpeter began playing free jazz. He changed his place of performance from Kansai (a western area of Japan) to Tokyo in 1965. After improving his skill in many groups, he joined an experimental unit “ESSG” of Togashi Masahiko and Sato Masahiko. Oki made his first tour to Europe with the ESSG in 1969. After being back from Europe, he formed the Oki Itaru Trio, which later grew into a quartet. In June 1974, he moved to Paris, France. After living in Lyon for a while, he moved back to Paris in December 1999. Until the present, Oki has continually performed at concerts and festivals in France and various other countries in Europe.

(Extract from Itaru Oki's Homepage)

Below are some photographs I took at the performance.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

"How How" Exhibition of Textiles at Muromachi Art Court (Kyoto)

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When cycling through some backstreet (Muromachi Dori)on my way to Shijo dori, I chanced upon Muromachi Art Court, where I discovered an exhibition of textiles by ten MA students from Seika University . The works look great in this large space. The Exhibition is open from 11.00am till 6.00pm and runs until 26th October (Sunday) Well worth a visit. Please see Map and reverse of postcard for details.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Titan No Kai live at Urbanguild 17th October

Not to be missed Dance Mavericks (I'm barely able to use this word now... thanks Sarah and John!) Titan No Kai will be performing at Urbanguild on the 17th October. Their last performance at Junkroom vol 6 (at the same venue) was like an inversion of a stage invasion - lots of screaming shouting dance improvisation music- Like being in the middle of a Shuji Terayama production (!?) in the 70's.

So.. If you're partial to a bit of "Dooitsu Hyo gen Shu gi" (as described by Chikako!) and an evening of Dance and Musical Mayhem- then head down to Urbanguild for this event.

ティタンの会 Titan No Kai


OPEN 18:30/ START 19:00
adv.1500 yen with 1drink / door 1800 yen with 1drink

Jana Winderen, ALOG, Alexander Rishaug & Marius Watz Live

Jana Winderen, who participated in the last Junkroom Event (Vol 6) will be on a short visit to Japan with two concerts booked. The first is on 22nd October in Osaka at AD &A Gallery and the second is in Tokyo at Superdeluxe on 24th October. The Tour also includes ALOG, Alexander Rishaug & Marius Watz. Details about the venues and artists can be found below. Highly recommended !!!


LIVE at AD & A Gallery, OSAKA 22.10 – 07.30 pm

+ secret guests

LIVE at Superdeluxe, Tokyo 24.10 – 08.00 pm


The tour is supported by The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Tokyo and MIC/UD.
Booked and organized by Tetsuro Yasunaga.


ALEXANDER RISHAUG is a sound artist, producer and musician based in Oslo, Norway. His sound is melodic, melancholic and quiet. With minimalistic electronics, abstract beats, glitches and digital noise, he explores tones and textures creating a detailed, rich and subtle sound. Always with a sharp focus on structure, rythm and melodies. Rishaug is also a part of the improv trio ARM with Arne Borgan and Are Mokkelbost (Single Unit) wich has sparked off collaborations with musicians such as Håkon Kornstad, Martin Hornthvedt, Ivar Grydeland, Ingar Zach, John Hegre, Jørgen Træen, Toshimaru Nakamura and Salvatore.

MARIUS WATZ is a Norwegian artist and designer who originally took his point of departure doing graphics for the raves of the early nineties. In his current artistic practice he focuses on computationally generated form, describing his own style as a particular brand of visual hedonism, marked by colourful organic shapes and a 'more is more' attitude. His work has been shown at many international festivals and exhibitions. Marius is currently organizing the an event and exhibition series called Generator.x . This event deals with the current role of software and generative strategies in music, art and design.

JANA WINDEREN researches the hidden depths of the sea with the latest technology; her work reveals the complexity and strangeness of the unseen world beneath. The audio topography of the oceans and the depth of glacier cravasses is brought to the surface. She is occupied with finding sound from unseen sources of sound, like blind field recording. Her most recent sound works include "Submerge" (2008), for Fargfäbriken Norr in Sweden, based on hydrophone recordings in the local lake, "freq_out 7" curated by CM von Hausswollf at the Happy New Ears festival in Belgium (2008), "Rainbow Audio Transformation" (2008) at Extra City in Antwerp, Belgium and the 6 channel sound installation "+4°C - from Folgefonna to the North Sea" (2007) at Sleppet during the centenary of Edvard Greig, "Greig07" in Norway. Future projects includes an album released through Touch based on hydrophone recordings from the Icefjord Kangia by Ilulissat in Greenland, "Voices from the Deep" in collaboration with Chris Watson. Recently BBC Radio 4 followed Jana on her recording trip to the Barents Sea for the radio series "World on the Move".

Since forming in 1997 Alog have been among Norway’s leading performers of experimental electronic music. They are mainstays at Rune Grammofon and have been with the label since their debut album ”Red Shift Swing” was released in 1999. Already a mature and original collection, their sound has since been developed through their second album, ”Duck-Rabbit” (2001), and almost perfected with their previous album ”Miniatures”, which also won them a Norwegian Grammy for best electronica release in 2005.

Trick Noise Makers Japan Tour Photos (Kansai Gigs)

Here are a few photos of the Trick Noise Makers, from performances in the Kansai (Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto) when they were on tour earlier this month (Oct)
Congrats to Louise, Greg, Alan and Parsley for a series of hot pumping dare I say groovy punky pop. Also a big thank you to Hide for all the organizing and help given to the band!!

Finally a big thank you to the bands that played with the TNM's on tour - namely Oh my Cow,She Border Picture, cycle annia,Slasher Risk, Alice Sailor and Damage Distortion, Zon, Cell 63.

I'll be adding some photographs of these bands performances shortly.

The Trick Noise Makers have left a few copies of their 10 track Tour Promotion CD with me. They are available for 1000 yen each. All proceeds go back to the band - towards their next tour of Japan - hopefully in 2009 (!!) Please get in touch if you are interested in purchasing a copy.