After producing and being involved in about 30 shows in the last 4 years or so… the JunKroom event in Kyoto finally comes to an end. I will be returning to England in the next few weeks after having lived in Kyoto for 5 years. Organizing and participating in these events has been an education for me and it’s helped me meet some of the most interesting performers in Kyoto. I hope in return, the event has contributed to the diverse cultural life of this city by acting as a forum for both local artists and those visiting from overseas. To all the performers who have contributed, and to all the visitors to the event, I’d like to say thank you for supporting JunKroom in Kyoto!
I will be restarting the JunKroom project in the UK. So, to all the performers who have joined the event in Kyoto – there is an open invitation to come over and perform in England. Junkroom will become a bridge between Kyoto and London and will introduce the work of Japanese performers to audiences in the UK. I look forward to my new role supporting the work of all the friends I’ve made while I’ve been living in Kyoto.
For this event I’ve decided that proceeds will be donated to charity to help the people in the North East of Japan who have been devastated by the Earthquake and Tsunami, as well as the problems with the Nuclear Power plant in Fukushima.
So… here are the details!
FINAL JUNKROOM EVENT – Friday 22nd APRIL – @UrBANGUILD in KYOTO
Starts at 7.00pm Ends at 2.00am (or later!)
Entry 1500 yen in advance or 1800 at the door
1 drink is included!
Acsoc (Serge Teuscher)
Serge Teuscher who is a member of the electronic punk-rock outfit Syndrome WPW based in Lausanne in Switzerland, will be performing solo for this event under the moniker Acsoc. Expect some uncompromising and beautifully brutal sounds!
Naked Mozart are the Kyoto based duo of Donald the Nut – proto nerd rocker from San Francisco’s Three Day Stubble and classical violinist Chiko Choko. So what’s in store…? Perhaps the rebellious spirit of Mozart, sinister vocal acrobatics and dollops of potty humor.
WEAST (Murakami Hiroshi & Tanaka Ryo)
An artist unit, formed in August, 2010. The members are Murakami Hiroshi living in Tokyo and Tanaka Ryo living in Kyoto. As a theme ‘What is connecting?’ they have a variety of experiments and tests. As a result they put out documents and performances.
Bridget Scott & Problematica
Kyoto based duo perform on Electric violin voice and metal percussion. For tonight’s performance they will be joined by Bridget Scott with her unique blend of Japanese traditional and contemporary dance.
Sean Roe (a.k.a Sseeaann Rrooee) was born in Crawley, England 1963. He is a Multimedia artist, Musician and Curator, and has exhibited and performed widely in the UK, Europe and Japan, and has also lectured and conducted workshops in Colleges, Galleries and Art Centres. Since 2007 he has produced the JunKroom multi-disciplinary live event in Kyoto.
Christopher Fryman & Misuzu
Christopher Fryman will be performing on Trumpet (electronically treated and processed) creating an ambient backdrop for the exotic dancing of Misuzu.
Chikako Bando & Yumiko Nii
Chikako Bando and Yumiko Nii are both members of the extraordinary contemporary dance group “Hanaarashi” Their performances are strange and challenging! Highly recommended!
CLONELINESS aka Charles-Eric Billard
Charles-Eric Billard performs on home made and cannibalized traditional instruments combined with electronics, creating gently pulsating music with a Balinese flavour.
Mitsu Salmon & ryotaro
Mitsu Salmon creates solo and collaborative performance pieces weaving together music, dance, text and imagery. She was born in Los Angeles, California. She has received her BFA from the Experimental Theater Wing at New York University (January 2005).
ryotaro is an accordionist, composer and performer. He uses MIDI-accordion; intermixing accordion, synthesizer and programmed sounds creating instant compositions.
Andrew Couzens & Caitlin Coker
Andrew Couzens is a Musician and video maker who aside from his solo work, also performs as a member of SCF and AmallsnoSkcaj . Tonight he will be Joined by Butoh inspired dancer Caitlin Coker who performs regularly in Ima Tenko’s dance company.
ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS
new-Kyoto bldg. 3F,
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). Walk approximately 150 metres. It’s on the 3rd floor of New Kyoto Building. Here is a map.
Thank you Sean! Let’s all give the JunKroom event the glorious send off it deserves this Friday!