Jazz & Butoh

Dance with Kazutoki Umezu is a rare collaboration between Jazz saxophonist, Kazutoki Umezu, and Butoh dancer, Koji Motoki. They will be joined by percussionist/drummer, Lewis Pragasam.

Butoh is a unique form of dance with high theatrical art appeal in Japan and abroad. Not only is it rarely seen in Malaysia, but its combination with jazz truly rare indeed. Umezu’s and Motoki’s collaboration has been well received in Russia, Okinawa and other places both in and out of Japan.

Date: Thursday (24 October 2002)
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Mini Auditorium, MTC, Jalan Ampang
Admission: by donation (min RM30)

Contact: Mr Toru Noshi at 03-2142 2253 (tel), 03-2142 2254 (fax) or email nishino@ppp.nasionet.net


Kazutoki Umezu has been an influential saxophone and clarinet player in the Japanese music scene throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. He has exploited new music fields such as ‘rock saxophone’. He has performed in Europe, England, Germany, France, Africa and more recently, held a wildly successful jazz concert at Twelve SI in Kuala Lumpur.

Koji Motoki gained popularity through his new way of Butoh dance. He expresses emotions and experiences through movements taken from walking, running, working and dancing, and responds to the sounds resonating from different musicians.

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