Premier 22 June 2017 TOKYO

Premier 22 June 2017 TOKYO

Music theater “The end does not end 2017”
- Baikal and Black Sea project-
               by Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory (MPDL)
               Composed and Directed by Jun Kawasaki

22 June 2017, Koen-Dori Classics, Tokyo, Japan open: 19:00 start: 19:30

Eurasian opera = 21th century Mythological songs = Magic realism of North East Asia

Jan Glembotzki (Violin)Keiko Komori (Clarinet)
Aki Ozawa (Guitar)
Jun Kawasaki (Doublebass)
Vocal ensemble :
Kentaro Tsuda
Akira Yoshimatsu
Satoshi Tsuboi
Choi Jaechol (Korean instruments)
Seika Miki(vocal)

Hiroyo Miura

In 2015, Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory performed a theatre music “the end does not end” in the 100th anniversary of birth of Tadeusz Kantor at Theatre X, Tokyo. In 2016, we performed this theatre music as a Eurasian Opera in Armenia (Caucasus project), Russia (Moscow meeting) with impromptu musicians and singer who sing traditional music of her own country.
In 2017, this theatre music altered differently by Jun Kawasaki’s new composition with chamber music. After premier we are going to perform it in Buryat Republic, Turkey, and Ukraine, and have performances in this September in Tokyo. Welcome to this premier and watch a moment in which new piece will be created.

We are singing collection of mythology in the 21th century based on modern Chinese novel that describes about life of minority, nomadic, and hunting race who lived in border between Russia China, two World Wars, Russian Revolution, establishment of People’s Republic of China, and customs such as language and shamanism that being lost. This theatre music is constructed by songs and unique chorus system, and based on many locality and life of minority groups. According to a certain kind point of view, it can connect to modern Latin American Arts such as García Marchez and could be called Magic realism of North East Asia.
There has been Silk Road on Eurasian Continent from ancient times. We will be Marebito (visitors from afarworld), going and making new ways. Encounters of the Far East music, Asian music, and European music are making new Eurasian ways.

Director, Composer: Jun Kawasaki
Music conductor : Aki Ozawa
Stage manager: Kiri Shirosawa
Co-director,promotional desiner: Hideto Miyuki
Production: Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory (MPDL)

Jun Kawasaki Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory (MPDL)
e-mail: info@musicpoeticdrama.com


MPDL  2016 Tokyo|Yerevan|Moscow

Jun Kawasaki, Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory

The end does not end Конец – еще не конец

Ayumi Paul (German),  Sergey Letov (Russia),  Anya Tchaykovskaya (Ukraine),  Vyacheslav Gayvoronsky (Russia),  Alina Mikhaylova (Russia)

Jun Kawasaki, Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory, sampler Nov. 2016 from miyuki hideto on Vimeo.


Cloud funding starts . till 8 October 2016

     Unique Nomadic Asian Opera and Dance from Japan
Jun Kawasaki, Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory, Armenia and Russia Tour October 2016

Cloud funding starts . till 8 October 2016

Please check it out !
I'll be happy if you become interested inour project . 


Schedule of Armenia & Russia tour is following.


“The end does not end” Armenia and Russia Tour 2016

6 October, 2016

HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival
@Hamazgayin State Theatre, Yerevan, Armenia

Master class workshop Date and venue is under adjustment.

10 October, 2016

@The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)
Moscow, Russia

11 and 12 October

Long Arms Festival
@DOM Cultural Centre, Moscow, Russia

12 October
Anya Tchaykovskaya (Vo)
Sergey Klevensky (Cl, Traditional reeds)
Alina Mikhaylova (Dance)

Director, Composer: Jun Kawasaki

Aya (Butoh dance)
Hiroyo Miura (Actress, Dancer)
Akira Yoshimatsu (Actor, voice, Japanese traditional Noh player)
Kentaro Tsuda (Actor, Asian and noise vocalisation)
Satoshi Tsuboi (Actor, Singer)
Aki Ozawa (Guitar)
Seika Miki (Vocal)
Jun Kawasaki(doublebass)
Kiri Shirosawa (Stage manager)
Hideto Miyuki (Assistant director, Video)


The END DOSE NOT END and ORPHANS AND STARS Songs of Paul Celan 2015 Directed and Composed by Jun Kawasaki (Music poetic dorama laboratory)

The END DOSE NOT END , ORPHANS AND STARS  Songs of Paul Celan 2015 and with Ayumi Paul 2016

  Directed and Composed by Jun Kawasaki (Music poetic drama laboratory)

The end dose not end
The end dose not end 
(premier 2015 oct at  Tokyo Theater X for  Tadeusz Kantor  100th Anniversary)

 Directed and Composed by Jun Kawasaki (Music poetic drama laboratory)

Ghosts are singing about hunting and nomadic people’s 20th century. That tribe has lived in Siberia along right side of Arugn river. They call themselves “Evenki”.
Other Ghosts who had died at Sonezaki river are going along the river. Can they arrive at the sea? Or can they not arrive at anywhere? This plot is based on Japanese traditional Ningyo joruri play Shinjyu Ten-no-amijima. It is a famous story of a lovers’ suicide that was written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon in the Edo period. 
This fictitious North East Asia folk-opera was composed and directed by Jun Kawasaki.which were  realized by singer ,dancer,actor and traditional Japanese puppet operator.
 “Be counter to songs, but to songs(Uta to gyaku ni Uta ni)”. It is the words that Japanese poet Touzaburou Ono left. The verbal activity begins with conflict with impossibility of making songs. This is a reactionary route to opera.

 Aki Ozawa (g), Shinichiro Kanda (syn ,pf)Jun Kawasaki (cb)Seika Miki(vocal)

Aya(Butoh)Hiroyo Miura(dance)Satomi Akutsu(dance)Nagako Tomaru(dance)
Sakae Yuki(puppet operator)

sung and acted by
Kentaro Tsuda Junko Kowashi Akira Yoshimatsu Xeiici Ai  Yurie Inouchi Kanako Shiratori
Satoshi Tsuboi Takashi Mukai Ryota Ono  

supported by
Hideto Miyuki(film)Daisuke Mikome(photo) Kentaro Nagatomo

Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory with Ayumi Paul (digest)2016   

from Ayumi Paul violin recital and sound performance
8 May, 2016 at Theater X, Tokyo

Directed and Composed by
Jun Kawasaki (Music and Poetic Drama Laboratory)

Ayumi Paul, violin
Seika Miki, vocal
Jun Kawasaki, double bass
Aya, butoh dance
Hiroyo Miura, dance

Hideto Miyuki, camera
photo by Bozzo (http://www.bozzo.jp/)

Hiroyo Miura  Akira Yoshimatsu  Aya

Sakae Yuuki(Sakse Ebisawa)
Seika Miki
Hiroyo Miura
Aya                              HiroyoMiura
Satomi Akutsu

Satoshi Tsuboi Kanako Shiratori Yurie Inouchi Takashi Mukai Ryota Ono

Yurie Inouchi 
Junko Kowashi
Shinichiro Kanda

Xeiici Ai
Kentaro Tsuda   Xeiici Ai      Aya
Nagako Tomaru         Satomi Akutsu
Aki Ozawa

Jun Kawasaki(director and composer) 

ORPHANS AND STARS Songs of Paul Celan
(premier 2015 June  at  Tokyo Theater X for  Tadeusz Kantor  100th Anniversary )
 Directed and Composed by Jun Kawasaki(Music poetic dorama laboratory) 

In this piece, musicians and actors perform 20 songs. Original texts of each song are mainly from Jewish poet Paul Celan’s pieces and Bertolt Brecht’s pieces. Actors read their pieces, to the audience, to themselves, and to elsewhere.    

 “There are still songs to sing beyond humankind”(Paul Celan).

        Ayako Kosaka (conductor ,mezzo soprano)
       Junichi Aoki (dramaturg)
 Seika Miki (vo), Naoko Aoki (pf), Keiko Komori (cl), Aki Ozawa (g), Jun Kawasaki (cb)

Aya(Butoh)Hiroyo Miura(dance)
Kentaro Tsuda  Mariko Muraoka  Junko Kowashi  Kanako Shiratori  Mariko Tobiyama 
Satoshi Tsuboi Yurie Inouchi Takakashi Mukai  Ryota Ono Mizore Yamada Junichi Aoki 
Hikari Tuchiya

supported by
Hideto Miyuki(film)Daisuke Mikome(photo) Kentaro Nsgatomo

                                                                    photo by Mikomex
Ayako Kosaka (conductor Mezzo Soprano)

Mariko Tobiyama   Ryota Ono Takashi Mukai  
Naoko Aoki(piano)

Aki Ozawa(guitar)
Kentaro Tsuda
Hiroyo Miura

Aya     Hiroyo Miura    Seika Miki(vocal)

Keiko Komori(clarinet)  Aya


2013 contrabass solo at kyoto for Senrei Nishikawa(Japanese traditional dancer )

contrabass solo at kyoto for Senrei Nishikawa(Japanese traditional dancer )


for Senrei Nishikawa Profile   Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director
Jun Kawasaki made music for her dance pieces based on Japanese traditional dance.


    Jun  Kawasaki

@Tohoku  Japan by Micari

(Composer  performance director contrabass player   improviser)
 compact disc


A Japanese contrabass player and composer, Kawasaki is highly esteemed especially in his improvisational performance which is seemingly scooped out of his inner self.

Born in Tokyo ,1975, he studied contrabass under Tetsu Saito and Motoharu Yoshizawa while in university. He has performed with many distinguished musicians in and out of Japan. 

Kawasaki has also composed and performed extensively for theater ,dance and Buto  about 50 pieces. His major works include music for Camille Claudel,Kenji Miyazawa and Jean-Jacques Rousseau(a dance piece conceived and choreographed by Senrei Nishikawa, a traditional Japanese dancer), About 1hr. 20min. on Oct. 1 &2 in Brecht Festival (Japanese theatre company, Port B), Hamlet Machine (Heiner Müller) by Adults and Children (produced by SPAC Shizuoka Performing Arts Center in Japan), Madam Edwarda( George Bataille by Japanese traditional Marionette Theater Edo Ito Ayatsuri) .He is also a music director for a unique theatre company, Futsu Gekijo (Ordinaly theater) in Tokyo. He has made many theater  musics   especially about  Bertort Brecht,Samuel Becket and Garcia Lorca  . He started  Brecht/Lorca  project since 2012. 
by Mikomex

2012,13 Kawasaki collaborated with Turkish choreographer Aydin Teker , and made "db-ll-bass — sound, body, and instrument" db-ll-bass is an attempt to construct a new creative sphere of performance, by reexamining the historical relationship between the body and a musical instrument — the contrabass — and extending both performance possibilities to the other.  The piece was premiered in Istanbul, Turkey( Akbank Jazz festival), in October 2012. 2013 was played in Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama.

With a deep interest in words,  2010, he made and directed a poetry performance piece  "suna no butai" in Moscow with Vradimir Volkov(contrabass) and some musician and dancer .And in Tokyo,he made new theater piece "into sogohmon sogohmonian(about Russian poet Osip Mandelstam and Armenian composer Komitas Vardaped)" with   Sergey Letov, the most important Russian avant-garde jazz saxophone player.

@ work shop
Kawasaki has conducted for many years a series of seminars ,work shops and concerts involving poetry readings and music. He is teaching in university performance as a director to make theatrical  pieces about Japanese poets and poets of Brecht and so on. 
Apart from solo activities, Kawasaki has participated in different groups in Japan, such as Maria Kannon (a legendary hardcore progressive rock group), experimental music group "DATA"

As  a improviser ,collaborated with Tristan Honsinger, Sergey Letov, Saadet Türköz, Frank Grotowski, Tatusya Nakatani ,Ab Baars, Yoshisaburo Toyozumi,EXIAS-J (a well-known experimental improvisational group). and so on.

Kawasaki has performed in many countries of the world and music and dance festival, including the US, Russia, France, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania. He was also a member of Sound Migration, a collaborative music piece between Japan and Turkey (Şevket Akıncı and Saadet Türköz from Turkey) which was premiered in Istanbul at the International Contemporary Dance & Performance Festival (iDANS) in 2010 then toured in Egypt, Hungry, and Japan.

He has released solo CDs: Jun Kawasaki: "Left Bank, Right Bank" and "biologia(2013)"