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Minyo Crusaders at Jazz Café – Pre-show Talk

11 November — 8:00 pm

Monday 11 November 2019        Pre-show Talk 8:00pm (Doors open 7.00pm)

The Jazz Cafe
5 Parkway
London NW1 7PG

A valid ticket for Minyo Crusaders at Jazz Café entitles the holder to attend the event.

Japan Society members and friends can receive £3 off £18 tickets by entering the code ‘JSOC’ when booking at the following link: https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/minyo-crusaders-jazz-cafe-tickets/9624235?pl=JC

To celebrate their first show in the UK, the members of Minyo Crusaders in conversation with Professor Dr David W Hughes, specialist in the field of Japanese music, particularly its folk traditions, will discuss how they developed their unique music style.

Minyo Crusaders rework traditional Japanese folk songs (minyō) with Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms to create some of the most infectious music anywhere between Latin America and Japan. The punchy and inventive arrangements of this ten-piece big band seamlessly blend Afro-Cuban and Caribbean rhythms with old Japanese minyōto create a compellingly modern sound. Since label Mais Um released the band’s debut album Echoes of Japan in April the acclaim has been universal.

The band’s sound could be described as having a retro Japanese feel influenced by a hefty dose of worldwide music. Otemoyan, a well-known folk song from southern Kumamoto Prefecture about a young maiden marrying a man with a pockmarked face, is reshaped into a reggae track with dub sensibilities. Akita Nikata Bushi from northern Akita Prefecture takes its cue from Ethiopian funk, while Fukuoka Prefecture’s Tanko Bushi swings to the sound of boogaloo. All the while, however, minyō’s distinctive stylised form of singing is maintained, providing a sense of authenticity despite the melange of rhythms.

David Hughes taught music at SOAS from 1987 until his retirement in 2008, and is now a Research Associate of the Department of Music and the Japan Research Centre. In 2011 he received the annual Japan Society Award for “outstanding contributions to Anglo-Japanese relations and understanding” for his activities in bringing traditional Japanese music to a wide public.

David founded the SOAS Min’yo Group and the London Okinawa Sanshinkai, the major groups performing and teaching traditional Japanese folk music in the UK. He also founded the SOAS Noh Group, now part of the University of London Noh Society, which encourages the teaching of Noh performance. These three groups practice frequently at SOAS. David has also been involved with events featuring over 200 visiting performers from Japan.

Watch the video of their previous show in Tokyo here.

For more information visit:
https://www.comono.co.uk/live/minyo-crusaders/
https://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/minyo-crusaders/

 

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