Monday, 9 November 2009

JunKroom vol 12 - Live event at Urbanguild on 18th December 2009

JunKroom vol 12 (our 2nd Birthday!) will take place on 18th December at Urbanguild in Kyoto, almost exactly 2 years after our 1st event above Aoi Recycle Shop on Kita Oji Dori.

Expect a maddeningly varied selection of works for this event with special guests sbot n wo visiting from Canada


Kenichi Higashino (story teller)
Hiromi Shirai (performance art)
Tim Olive + Katsura Mouri (treated guitar/turntables)
Sbot N Wo (Treated voice+Video)
Sseeaann Rrooee ( performance)
madonaLD! (performance/mayhem)
Akiko Igaki (violin) Azumi Miyata (contrabass), Junichi Inoue(video )
Psychedelic Desert + S.C.F + Jet Vel (Drone Guitar+Electronics+ Video)
Armelle Dousset (video Screening)
Mariko Tajiri (video performance)
S.C.F (electronics + Video)
Titan No Kai (Performance art+Dance)
Christopher Fryman (trumpet + electronics)
DJ AFRIphoniCAAAA (plays music before between and after)

See artists profiles and links below

Ticket Price 1500yen
All tickets include 1 drink! and raffle ticket

Doors Open 6.45pm. Event starts 7.15pm
The event finishes late


sbot n wo is a voice/electronics duo from Eastern Canada. Helen Pridmore specializes in new music and extended vocal techniques. Celebrated for her performance of old standards from Webern and Messiaen to Cage and Berio, her greatest devotion is to new composers, new music and new sounds. She also has a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, and is professor of voice at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick Canada. WL Altman is a composer and laptop performer. His written works are performed and commissioned by musicians across North America, and confound conventional models of notated music by sharing real-time creative processes with the performers, through improvisation and reactive listening.
At a recent residency at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies, Sbot N Wo worked intensively to develop their unique musical language, which they shared with audiences on a tour of Britain and Europe in spring 2007. Since then, Sbot N Wo have performed at the OK.Quoi?! Contemporary Arts Festival in Sackville New Brunswick, and will be featured in upcoming projects for the Canadian Music Centre, the Confederation Arts Centre in PEI, and in Saskatoon at both the upcoming eVOCative Festival and at PAVED Arts + New Media Gallery.

Mariko Tajiri
Mariko TAJIRI specializes in installation and performance mainly using video. Produces works that affect not only the sight but other senses of the beholder as well. Likes travel, eating, walking, shooting (video and photo), and taking a rest.Biographical details- 1966- Born in Osaka, Japan- 1989- Graduated from Kyoto College of Art, section of visual arts.1995- D.N.A.P. at Ecole Nationale d'Art de Cergy-Pontoise, France.1998- D.N.S.E.P. with mention at Ecole Nationale d'Art de Cergy-Pontoise, France. Awarded the Philip Morris Art Award 2000 with an exhibition at Ebisu Garden Hall, Tokyo.

Akiko Igaki
Akiko Igaki performs on violin,voice,keyboard instrument,piano,mini accordion, melodica,glockenspiel,synthesizer, clarinet,toy,percussion,guitar, cello, and everyday articles. Akiko is also a member of a number of Kyoto/Kansai based bands including たゆたう (tayutau), Llama, 地中池 chichuike and ",G " For this performance at Junkroom Vol 12 Akiko will be joined by Azumi Miyata (contrabass) Together they will provide a musical backdrop to Junichi Inoue’s projected live relay video dream texts.

Tim Olive
Tim Olive's table top guitar performances can be described as an exploration of the full sonic possibilities of steel strings and magnetic pickups. Extensive touring in North America, Europe and Japan has provided Tim Olive opportunities to play with a wide range of musicians including, most recently, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Haco, Sharif Sehnaoui, and Martin Tetreault, Jeffrey Allport, Kelly Churko, Bunsho Nisikawa (in the duo Supernatural Hot Rug And Not Used ), Phroq, Mike Shiflet, and Fritz Welch, as well as a duo with dancer Corrie Befort. ( edited quote from BricoLodge)

Katsura Mouri (solo performance)

Katsura is half of the turntable unit Busratch that started performing in 1998 using 8 turntables, making experimental music with records,stones,metals,cymbals,mousepads etc. They have released 3 CDs on Kyoto's PARAdisc label, and have performed with avant turntable originators Christian Marclay + Otomo Yoshihide

Hiromi Shirai

While Shirai studied in England she saw performance art for the first time. Since 1998 she has performed in Japan. People often ask her "What is Performance Art?". Without giving a precise answer back, she explained her activities in many different places and circumstances. She recently started involving elements of improvisation or collaboration with other artists in her performances. For now she is happy enough to give some sort of surprise - rather than a certain answer to that question to the audience.

Titan No Kai (JPN)
Titan no Kai are an offshoot of the dance collective Dosei no Kai who run a monthly dance and music gathering that welcomes members of the public as well as dance specialists to improvise together. For the JunKroom event Titan no Kai have been invited to create spontaneous performances and interventions as part of the audience.......In the past, performers have included Atashi Yoshiko,Bando Chikako,Fukurozaka Yasuo, Furukawa On, Ikeda Ippei,Ishimoto Michiyo, Matsumoto Shin-ichi, Shingo, Tanaka Takashi, Tonko, Yokoe Kunihiko and Misuzu (Photo of Dosei No Kai at one of their dance meetings)

Psychedelic Desert (JPN)

Psychedelic Desert is an improvisation band formed by Go Tsushima and Cuckoo in Osaka, Japan in 2004, Their psychedelic music has been described as mind expanding, primal and meditative.For this event S.C.F will be providing a Video work for them to improvise with.


When performing solo, Jet creates his electronic sonic storms using an ever varied array of low tech instruments found objects and theremin, processed through a number of effect pedals. Jeff also lead cult improv/noise unit Empty Orchestra and is also a member of Das Kapital Punishment with Hide from Ultra Bide.

Sseeaann Rrooee (UK)

UK born Kyoto resident Sseeaann Rrooee (aka Sean Roe) is a Multimedia/Performance artist and Musician who performs on Electronic Trumpet, Bass and Flute , also utilizing triggered samples and effects. When DJing (as DJ AFRIphoniCAAAA) he plays an unusual mix of Afrobeat./Artrock/ NDW/Krautrock/Musique Concrete, Soundtrack, Sound Art, Industrial Music and quirky underground music

Kenichi Higashino’s life work is the practice of ‘Patua’: a master of the picture scroll. The origin of the painted scroll is very ancient. Nowadays this art form is still used, mainly in the West Bengal and Bihar states of India. In Bengali, "Pat" means "scroll" and "Patua" means "Painter". The Patua is a kind of minstrel. He goes from village to village, with a bag containing several scrolls. He gathers together the villagers around him and unrolls his paintings, never showing more than two or three images at a time, and he sings the painted story. The story is shown in sequence, like a story board or a comic strip. In this way the Patua earns his living.

Christopher Fryman Is a trumpeter specializing in electronica applications to the trumpet sound, effects and delays. He also composes stage music for modern ballet, and original music for film and video games. Christopher is also a member of floatingroom, a collaborative musical partnership with Bun Ito.

S.C.Fis the duo Andy Couzens and Michael J. Migliacci. They are a multimedia act that explores the interface between electronic sounds and Video, often collaborating with dancers or other musicians. For tonights show they will be making a video for Psychedelic Desert as well as performing as S.C.F.

Armelle Dousset has been on a whirlwind tour of Japan, enthralling audiences here with her accordion playing and dance performances. Armelle has returned to France, but she has left us with a Dance/Video Performance piece which we will screen at tonights event.


maDonald was, and is the singer from Three Day Stubble, cult nerd rock originators from San Francisco, and also performs in Kyoto as Naked Mozart, and in Ooh My Cow. Donald will be performing solo for this event and without attempting to dampen... or raise your expectations, in the interpretive performance world of "AVI", you may well witness ..... extreme gurning, garbled glossolalia, big raw physical gestures, a helping of anger and angst, mixed with a large dose of scatalogical rock and roll and quite possibly some tearful enka.



181-2 Zaimoku-cho
new-Kyoto bldg. 3F,
Kiyamachi Dori

Very Easy to find-Here are some basic directions

From Sanjo Dori go down Kiyamachi Dori
(This is the narrow street running alongside Takase stream
Urbanguild is on the east side (left hand side as you walk down from Sanjo) approximately 150 metres.Its on the 3rd floor of New Kyoto Building- access by elevator or stairs.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Patterns- Butoh Performance Sun 8th November at Space ALS-D featuring Bridget Scott, Jeannie Donald-McKim and Sseeaann Rrooee

A butoh performance with dancers, Bridget Scott and Jeannie Donald-McKim and experimental musician, Sseeaann Rrooee

When:Sun 8th November
Doors open 2:30 Starts 3:00
Where:Space ALS-D

Entrance:1,800yen in advance and 2,000 yen on the door
Information:For more information and reservations contact me by email or keitai 080-3853-41

Access: Space ALS-D is in Kita-Ku ,just off Kuramaguchi dori.From Funaoka Onsen,heading west, take the first small street on the left after the pet shop.Then take the immediate small street on the right.Turn left at the next corner(the only option) and it is on the right side of the street.Look out for signs to Space ALS-D.

Here are a few photos taken at the event