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JunKroom Special Event on 17th February

Sean says…

JunKroom will be holding a special event on Thursday 17th February at Urbanguild on Kiyamachi Dori in central Kyoto. We are very honoured to have Alexander Rishaug, Espen Sommer Eide (Phonophani) and Sigbjorn Apeland, 3 great artists from Norway participate in this event as part of their Japanese tour. This will be their only appearance in Kyoto. In addition we will have local performers Mitsu Salmon & ryotaro, ieva (Samuel Andre) Sseeaann Rrooee and Yosuke Fujita.
Please see descriptions and links for each of the performers below.

So… There’s a broad mix of musical styles on show at this event it will certainly be an entertaining evening! I’m looking forward to seeing you… Please tell your friends and let’s give our Norwegian visitors a big welcome to Kyoto!

JunKroom Special Event
17th February 2011 (Thursday)
at Urbanguild
Doors open 6.45pm Starts 7.00pm
1500yen in advance 2000yen at door (includes 1 drink)

We also have a facebook page for this show- here’s the link. If you join the guest list (attending/maybe attending) the entrance is only 1500 yen including 1 drink. There are also details on the JunKroom site.

Alexander Rishaug is a sound artist and musician based in Oslo, Norway. His sound is melodic, melancholic and often quiet. Rishaug explores tones and textures through the use of electronics, field recordings, toys or simply just playing around with an instrument. Rishaug combines an intimate knowledge of his musical equipment with the curiousness of an amateur.

Phonophani (Espen Sommer Eide) was born in Oslo, Norway. Espen played music originally on percussion instruments, flutes and trumpet, before emphasising computer-generated sounds. Eide has released several solo albums as Phonophani, on the Rune Grammofon record label. Phonophani is multi-instrumentalist and digital electronics music, characterized by various manipulated live instruments integrated with pure electronic sounds.

Sigbjørn Apeland (born 1966) is a musician (organ, harmonium) and academic, well known for work that is on the border between folk music, church music and improvisatory music.He graduated from The Rogaland Conservatory of Music (1988) specializing in the study and the performance of Church Music. He also studied ethnomusicology at the University of Bergen (1998), before doing a research fellowship at the Grieg Academy writing his dissertation on the Musical Life in the Norwegian Church as Cultural Practice (2005).

Mitsu Salmon creates solo and collaborative performance pieces weaving together her distinctive vocal style with dance, text and visuals.

ryotaro is an accordionist, composer and performer. He uses MIDI-accordion; intermixing accordion, synthesizer and programmed sounds to make music.

Yosuke Fujita
Yosuke Fujita performs on a portable home made pipe organ creating minimal instant compositions.

Sseeaann Rrooee (Sean Roe)
Makes sound collage by performing on stylus free turntables using paper that is amplified to create sounds directly from the grooves in the records.

ieva (Samuel Andre)
Musician and soundtrack composer. Using his computer he creates live performances use multi layered field recordings creating quite mysterious imaginary aural worlds



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

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. Its on the 3rd floor of the New Kyoto Building – access by elevator or stairs. Here’s a map.

Thanks Sean!

Pictures from Ur食堂LIVE!

Nadia Porcar & trace elements & Dodo

Just some pictures and three videos from Wednesday night at Urbanguild. There was a good and fun crowd of people there (free entry might have had something to do with that) and excellent performances from Mitsu Salmon, ryotaro, Nadia Porcar, trace elements and Dodo. Here are the pictures:

And here are some horribly pixellated videos (that’s why they are so small). Not sure what’s wrong with my camera but I can’t seem to get the quality better than this. Might have to invest in a new one next pay day. Here’s Mitsu & ryotaro:

Mitsu & ryotaro will be performing at Urbanguild again on February 17th for Sean Roe’s JunKroom event. More about that later!

Here’s Nadia Porcar & ryotaro:

And finally here’s Nadia Porcar & trace elements & Dodo:

International Love Cabaret Returns!

Butoh dancer supreme - Ima Tenko

The first event I attended at Urbanguild, just over a year ago was International Love Cabaret, hosted by Mitsu Salmon.

The Queen of Cabaret ~ Mitsu Salmon

Back then I was ushered into a world of gold painted ladies, butoh and contemporary dance and knock down rock. It was a revelation and Urbanguild quickly became my favorite events venue. Each event though has its own special appeal so I am very happy to say that International Love Cabaret returns to Urbanguild on December 27th with a super, stellar lineup! On this occasion, our Queen of Cabaret, Mitsu Salmon, has invited her father, Will Salmon, to play flute for both her and for Ima Tenko. Thai dancer Ronnarong Khampa and Japanese Balinese dancer Yukiko Onishi will perform with musician Jerry Gordon. And the night will end with Dodo and  ЯAW elements joining forces for a full throttle rock out!


I’m kicking myself that I’ll be in the UK on the 27th and won’t be able to see this!

Here’s the full lineup with links:

今貂子 Ima Tenko (Butoh dance)

William Salmon (flute)

Mitsu Salmon (contemporary dance) & ryotaro (accordion + an air of mysterious charisma)

Ronnarong Khampa and 大西由希子Yukiko Onishi (dance) with Jerry Gordon (sound)

ЯAW elements + DoDo (rock x2)

Doors Open: 18:30

Show starts: 19:30

Tickets in advance: 1800 yen / At the door: 2000 yen

Location: To find Urbanguild, 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) after approximately 150 metres. It’s on the 3rd floor of New Kyoto Building – access by elevator or stairs. Here’s a map.
Tel: 075-212-1125

Pictures & Videos from Resonance 2010

Undoubtedly the best show I have seen at Urbanguild – or indeed in Kyoto, Resonance 2010 was an extraordinary collaborative display of pure gold shiny talent by the dancers, singers and musicians who took part. A big bravo to them all and to the organiser Daniel Rosen for creating this unforgettable event.  My only regret is that I didn’t go both nights and my only complaint is that I have to wait a whole year until the next one. Here are some images and videos of the event to give you a wee taste of the magic that we saw on Saturday night.

Here is taiko player Takahito Nishino – this builds up into something very special and super intense!!

A song by Mio Matsuda accompanied by Yasutaka Yorozu (bass), Takahito Nishino (taiko), Kaoru Watanabe (flute), ryotaro (accordion), and Tamango (dance).

Our old friends Mitsu Salmon and ryotaro do their thing with a little help from Kaoru Watanabe.

Dance from Tamango with the other Resonance cast members. This guy was amazing and later on treated us to a display of shoeless tap-dancing (yes! no shoes! but unfortunately I didn’t get that on video…).

Here are some pictures. Click on them for a closer look.

Living Arts Vol. 3

Our friend Mitsu Salmon has sent some details about the Living Arts event at Urbanguild this Wednesday (July 7th).

“Flamenco dancer Begona and guitarist Javier from Spain are visiting Japan to collaborate with the Butoh master Ima Tenko. They are doing a piece in memory of Kazuo Ohno`s passing.

Also in the evening is Chris Cobilis from Australia. Singer/songwriter Misa and ryotaro and I.

The order for the evening is the following with each artist playing about 30 minutes: Continue reading

Mitsu Salmon & ryotaro’s “Restaurant Gig”

I managed to catch the tail-end of Mitsu and ryotaro’s performance at Urbanguild on Tuesday evening. Here it is:

I think ryotaro needs to come out of the dark and show us all his handsome face! Spotlight please! Mitsu and ryotaro will be performing next at The “Not A Word” Dinner Show on the 18th, and are also organizing another event (details to follow!) for the 7th of July, before Mitsu flits away for the summer to milder climes.

RAW elements @ Alphabet Ave.

…their eclectic mix of sounds and experiences only highlighted what some might say is a lack of focus but what others would call an openness towards any kind of music. And so in the body of elements music and side unit recordings, you’ll find ska, rock steady, steady rock, folk, waltz, zulu jive, slow balads, comedy and tragedy, political and social commentary, electronica, spoken word, melancholy, joy and despair, and probably quite a few other genres and emotions. The band is hard to pin down…

– From the elements website

Eclectic, hard to pin down and open to any kind of music. I like this sort of thing!

Alphabet Ave. is a friendly bar on Pontocho that stays open almost every night till the wee small hours. It really deserves an article of its own. My friends and I often retreat there when our other favorite bar (Joao) has closed. Anyway, every so often they have live music there. On Sunday it was the “raw” acoustic incarnation of local band elements and clearly their reputation precedes them because they were playing to a packed house. Continue reading