Things to do: Jazz Art Sengawa 2013

Fri Jul 19 – Sun Jul 21, 2013 Sengawa Theater

The alternative to Tokyo Jazz Festival is both far less commercially minded and rather more predictable in its booking choices. The same musicians tend to pop up at every installment of Jazz Art Sengawa, most of them plucked from the orbits of the event’s three main organisers: Hikashu leader Koichi Makigami, cellist Hiromichi Sakamoto and bassist Kiyoshi Fujiwara. Highlights this year include outlandish free-jazz-vaudeville outfit Hihokan, a duo between bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara and volatile psych musician Keiji Haino, and – of course – the climactic performance of John Zorn‘s ‘Cobra’, conducted by Makigami himself. You can even take part yourself, by joining the free improv session on Saturday afternoon (register by June 26 via the official website). The main concerts are supplemented by gigs at the nearby Jenny’s Kitchen and Kick Back Cafe, though note that these must be paid for separately.


Open July 19-21

Time Performance times vary

Admission One day ¥3,000 adv (July 19)/¥5,000 adv (July 20, 21); single concert tickets ¥2,500 on the door

Telephone 03 3300 0611

Venue Sengawa Theater

Address 1-21-5 Sengawacho, Chofu, Tokyo

Transport Sengawa Station (Keio line)

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