By returning to Tokyo, Montreux Jazz Festival Japan is going back to its roots, as two editions were held in Japan’s capital city in the late 1990s. After four years in Kawasaki, a new approach is guided by Junichi Harada, Director of the communication agency Visual Notes, and his team members. From jazz to dubstep, from folk to electronic music, the programming for this edition brings together multiple generations and musical styles, thereby perfectly honoring the Festival spirit. Concerts by David Sanborn and John McLaughlin will be held at the prestigious Blue Note Tokyo, while performances by Gilles Peterson, Melanie De Biasio, Chassol, Mocky, Earl Zinger, Flo Morissey, Mamadou Doumbia, Mala&Coki, Toshio Matsuura and Ichiko Aoba will feature at the popular clubs Unit and Liquidroom. Plus, Tokyo’s elite DJs have been scheduled to ensure that the Festival is hopping every night!
Manga artist and screenwriter and director of animated films Katsuhiro Otomo is a Japanese artist who won worldwide acclaim for the cult post-apocalyptic thriller Akira (1983) which went on to be adapted as anime under the title Steamboy. The Montreux Jazz Festival is honored to welcome this major figure of the renewal of Japanese graphic arts to the circle of great artists who have crafted the Festival’s visual identity since 1967.
From 1 to 25 October, Montreux Jazz Festival Japan once again reinforces the strong ties between Montreux and Tokyo through a shared passion for music.
Montreux Jazz Festival Japan
October 1 - 25, 2015