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Seeking members for “support band” in disaster-recovery public housing complex

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We’re looking for members for a“support band”(people who play guitar, bass, keyboard, wind instruments etc.) to take part in a project located in a disaster-recovery public housing complex.

“Radio Shimo-Kajiro: From the music of that time and town, to here and now” is a project being carried out in Shimo-Kajiro Housing Complex, a prefectural disaster-recovery public housing complex in Fukushima’s Iwaki City. We’re putting together a “support band” to provide live accompaniment to residents’ “memory songs” such as “Aoi sanmyaku”(“Blue Mountain Range”)and “Akashia no ame ga yamu toki”(“After the Acacia Rain”); songs of nostalgia for residents which we’ve heard many times during our visits to the complex. We’re looking for band members to make a number of visits to the complex and then practice by themselves at a Tokyo studio using the “memory songs” and anecdotes gathered from residents. We aim to develop the group into a band able to provide full musical backing to housing complex choralists by March,2020.

*This project is being implemented as part of Tokyo Art Research Lab’s Research & Development program, “Research Assemble 1: Art as a technique to face up to disaster.”
*Program contents may be subject to change.


We are forming a “support band” to come and go between Tokyo and Iwaki City in Fukushima Prefecture between July, 2019 and March, 2020.Band members will spend time listening to residents, talking and practicing, and then perform together with the residents’ choral group (to be solicited at the housing complex) at events in the Shimo-Kajiro Housing Complex. Specifically, there will be a first meeting of members in Tokyo in late July, and then the group will make their first visit to the housing complex in August. Thereafter, the band will practice once a month at a studio in Tokyo and its first performance is scheduled to be at a December Christmas event held in a communal gathering place at the complex. We will explain the process in detail at the interview.

Conditions for application

  • People who have some experience playing guitar, bass, keyboards, wind instruments etc. (regardless of skill level)
  • People able to make multiple trips (about three one-night/two-day trips scheduled) to the disaster-recovery public housing complex in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture from now up until March, 2020
  • People able to practice on a regular basis at a studio in Tokyo
    (one three-hour session scheduled per month over six months, mainly on weekday nights but also Saturdays/Sundays)
  • People interested in nostalgic songs
  • Open to any age and gender
  • People able to attend an interview in Tokyo on Monday, July 15 (public holiday)


  • Transportation costs to the Shimo-Kajiro Housing Complex and the cost of the Tokyo studio will be borne by the organizers (details will be explained at the time of the interview). Participants are responsible for paying for meals.
  • Accommodation for visits to the Shimo-Kajiro Housing Complex will be in a private home.
  • Selected participants will attend a first meeting with each other in late July in Tokyo.
  • Some of this project will be filmed by video artist Haruka Komori and footage may subsequently be used for a documentary film or video work.

Number of applicants

About 4 per instrument

How to appy

Please full out this form.

Application deadline
Sunday, July 7 2019, 23:59

Selection process

  • Applicants should bring their instrument to an interview to be conducted on Monday (public holiday), July 15 in Arts Council Tokyo ROOM302 (3331 Arts Chiyoda 3F, 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Documents will only be screened in advance if there are a large number of applicants.
  • All applicants will be notified by late July regardless of selection results.


Project Coordination Division,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-8435(Weekday 10:00-18:00)


Arts Council Tokyo ROOM 302 (6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo [3331 Arts Chiyoda])


Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Produced by
Team Radio Shimo-Kajiro ( Teco(General Incorporated Association))
Cooperated by
NOOK(General Incorporated Association)