The Japan Connection Festival returns with a second edition on March 26 and 27, 2022… and we reveal its enticing musical program.
The festival, organized by the music group make it deep, offers several activities, including electronic music concerts, but also conferences on Japan, a photographic exhibition, film and documentary screenings. Different stands with workshops and activities around spirituality and know-how will also be present.
With a first edition in 2019, during which we met the co-founder of make it deepthe Japan Connection Festival is finally back to the Lyrical gaiety. As the first event dedicated to Japanese electronic music in the world, several artists came from Japan to animate the festival which was held from May 9 to 11. More than 3600 spectators gathered in the Lyrical gaiety for the event. We also told you about our feedback from the evening and the different musicians who took the stage here.
For this return, veterans but also new artists join the scene. Here are the details of the Japanese artists who will be present during these two days.
Tokyo DJ for ten years as well as founder of the label Eureka Records, Midori Aoyama is the one who opened the door to many artists in the electronic music scene in Japan. He alternates between house music DJ and producer, including numerous collaborations with other musicians such as Crackazat, Bobby Masalo, Jamie Tiller or S3A.
Cooperation between Noemie Schipfer (illustrator) and Takami Nakamoto (architect musician). The project NONOTAKcreated in 2011, is based on sound and light installations in an abstract way and focuses on the viewer’s immersion in the environments thus created.
One dealing with visual creations and the second with sound creation, the duo promises the viewer a unique visual and auditory experience.
Their aesthetic is particularly very inspired by minimal architecture and optical art.
Audio-visual project of the musician Tetsuji Ohno based in Tokyo, he incorporates several influences such as house, techno, noise and electronica. All of these genres have shaped his career in music, as well as the project Intercity Express. Ohno is now invited all over the world through various festivals.
His musical career began in the late 90s as a producer, after being a DJ himself for some time. Today, in parallel with his musical project, he also works in the production of advertisements.
Daisuke Tanabe is a producer from Chiba who now lives in Tokyo. He was introduced to the local electro scene and the jungle during his studies in the arts in London, genres which have constantly influenced his musical productions. A true artistic revelation for him, Tanabé adds them to jazz, folk, hip-hop, electronica or even breakbeats inspirations in his own sound universe.
Founder of the label Cabaret Recordings., DJ Masda made a name for himself in the Japanese underground club scene of the 90s. Now living in Berlin, he mixes house and techno for his performances, and is now a recognized monument throughout Japan and Europe.
Originally from Chiba, he is the founder of the label bitta. After exploring punk, pop, dub and hardcore, he launched into house then evolved into techno. With an inconsistent style resulting from different influences, DJ Nobu is a well-known representative of the Japanese underground techno scene and is now rocking the world.
He will be accompanied by the musician Wata Igarashi on stage for the festival.
Wata Igarashi knew how to develop a style of techno of its own. His vision of the latter can be heard in his EPs on Midgar and The Bunker NYas well as on top semantics, Time-to-Express and bittaand in remixes ofAurora Halal, About-face and Prins Thomas. Whether he plays live or DJs, this mentality is also found in his performances, during which he explores the psychedelic dimensions of techno. The approach ofIgarashithrough its meticulous control of audio frequencies and intensities, is to touch both the body and the mind of the viewer.
Japanese dance music veteran, Satoshi Tomie actively participated in the emergence of the Tokyo culture club in the 80s. Since his first maxi, tearscomposed in duet with the godfather of house music Frankie Knuckles, he has established himself as one of the great names of the genre internationally. It combines techno and house with sounds close to sound design.
After having presented his last live exclusively during the Japan Connection Festival 2019he will perform in March 2022 for an unprecedented live alongside his friend and colleague Kuniyuki Takahashi.
DJ and music producer, as well as sound engineer, he is originally from Sapporo. Sponsor of the first edition of Japan Connection Festival, Kuniyuki Takahashi also supervises the second, so valuable is his knowledge of the Japanese and international scene. He is known for composing directly live, in total improvisation. His performances are journeys in which he takes his audience on to rich sound universes, painting the monumental landscapes of Hokkaido. He is now considered a living legend of Japanese electronic music, admired by his peers for his inexhaustible creativity. Privileging collaboration as a mode of creation, he has worked with many and many artists, such as Floating Points, Anne Clark, Soichi Terada and Joe Claussell.
This year, he will present a first live accompanied by the living paintings ofAkiko Aoyamaand a second more minimal and refined, alongside Satoshi Tomie.
A regular at clubs in Tokyo for ten years, Manami Sakamoto There, she deploys her vision of an interchangeable video jockey. Sometimes organic, sometimes electronic, she tends towards the abstract, as can be seen in her live musical accompaniments. Integrated into the circuit of Japanese music and digital arts festivals (she performed for the FujirockFestivalthe Summer SonicI’UltraJapanand the Mutek.JP), it is also recognized internationally thanks to participations in ZOUK OUT (Singapore), theAwakenings Festival (Amsterdam), and the New Forms Festival (Vancouver).
Keystone of the Japanese club scene, nori began his career in Sapporo before settling in New York in 1986, where he met larry The van who entrusts him with a residence at Paradise Garage, the mythical club to which we owe the birth of house music. He then found himself at the center of the teeming scene of the time, alongside David Mancuso, Little Louie vegas and Walter Gibbons. Back in Tokyo at the end of the 80’s, he officiated at the legendary Gold, while developing his international career. It was in 2001 that he released his first noticed EP, Flower, followed by a multitude of releases on prestigious house and disco labels. Maestro with infallible timing and intuition, his aura is today acclaimed throughout the world.
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Painter sensitive to the vibrations of matter, Akiko Nakayama endeavors to depend on its fluctuations. His performance asalive paintingas she calls them, return to the sources of movement, which she sublimates with poetry. Akiko Nakayama works from where she is and from her nature, to which she pays homage with every brushstroke. Essential artist of the first edition of the Japan Login Festivalwhich she has transported to a marvelous dimension with her tableaux vivants, she will perform twice this year: solo, then alongside Kuniyuki Takahashi. An immersive experience in the infinite dialogue between sound and light.
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Born in Osaka, Yuri Urano fascinates for his voice and his approach to sound. Prize Winner Interlude from TDMEdedicated to the new generation of creators of electronic music, she then collaborated with the famous visual artist Ryōji ikedaand signed on the labels CPU and YLsometimes as Yullippe. During the MUTEK.JP 2020she was able to captivate the crowd with her live audio-visual performance in collaboration with Manami Sakamotoin which ambient and techno mingle with the sound of the waves.
So that’s it for this musical panorama of the first major Japanese musical event in a long time. We will soon tell you more about the whole part excluding music, but we can already say that the appointment is made: Japan Connection Festival 2022 will be held over two days, Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27, at the Gaîté Lyrique, 3 bis rue Papin, 75003 Paris.
For more information, you can follow the festival on the Gaîté Lyrique website, as well as on the event’s Facebook page. For reservations, it’s here!