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Asia Online Festival of Pun-Filled Music

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Southeast Asia × Pun-Filled Music. Take part in this international-flavored festival from home!
As part of the “1010 People in Senju in 2020” program, Senju Pun-Filled Music Festival organizers centering on composer Makoto Nomura and citizen members of the Pun Music Festival Study Group have since 2020 been experimenting with the aim of creating new forms of musical expressions online, in collaboration with composers from Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The culmination of this process, Asia Online Festival of Pun-Filled Music, offering talks, performances of works and workshops, will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

In addition to showcasing new “pun-filled music” composed via remote collaboration, Part 1 will offer multilingual video interviews with three Southeast Asian composers boasting long and unique careers. Part 2 will also feature an impressive line up comprising Anant Narkkong of Thailand, Indonesia’s Memet Chairul Slamet, and Ng Chor Guan from Malaysia, joined by Javanese dance performer Shin Sakuma, Thai artist Yord and his children from the Thai-Cambodian border village of Jigudeku , and ethnic music instrument ensemble Gangsadewa from Indonesia for a riotous multilingual participatory online workshop in Japanese, English, Bahasa Indonesian and Thai. A talk session between Parts 1 and 2 will offer a special stream of Jun Kitazawa, an Indonesia-based artist, in conversation with festival director Makoto Nomura.

We hope to attract a variety of participants with different languages, ideas, religions, and philosophies, making this event a platform for the exploration of fresh types of music. Come join this celebration of Asia in combination with pun-filled music, showcasing an ever-expanding Asian network and circle of pun-filled music.


15:00 – 16:30 Part 1
Guest interviews and performance of new pun-filled music
Pun-filled music created by Makoto Nomura and the Pun Music Festival Study Group together with Asian artists will be presented along with interviews.
Appearances: Makoto Nomura (composer), Anant Narkkong (Thailand), Memet Chairul Slamet (Indonesia), Ng Chor Guan (Malaysia), Hifumi Koshu (Pun Music Festival Study Group), Kotaro Ishibashi (Senju Pun-Filled Music Festival Office)

16:45 – 17:15 Talk session
Conversation between Part 1 and Part 2: “Where is Jun Kitazawa? – Jogja (Yogyakarta)/Tokyo/ Somewhere in between”
We are joined by Jun Kitazawa, who is based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for an art-suffused talk on what’s really going on in Indonesia, plus other topics.
Appearances: Makoto Nomura (composer), Jun Kitazawa (artist)

17:30 – 19:00 Part 2
Anyone can join! Participatory workshop
Artists and citizens from various countries participate remotely in a multilingual jam session. No experience playing instruments is necessary, so please feel free to join.
Appearances: Makoto Nomura (composer), Anant Narkkong (Thailand), Memet Chairul Slamet (Indonesia), Shin Sakuma (Javanese dance performer)

*Please note program contents are subject to change.

How to apply for the Open Workshop in Part 2 (capacity of around 50 people)

  1. Please use the Google Form application form here (deadline September 9)
  2. Details will be sent by the day of the workshop to the specified email address after you have registered. Please register as soon as possible, as the number of participants is limited.
  3. There will be no practice session before the workshop. On the day of the workshop, please enter the Waiting Room with your Zoom URL 5 minutes before the start of the workshop you have registered for.
  4. When it’s time for the workshop to start, you will take part in a experimental musical performance with Makoto Nomura and guests. The performance will last about 1 hour 30 minutes. Please have with you something from home that makes sound.
  5. In addition to the workshop being streamed live on YouTube, a portion of the video footage and accompanying audio will be included in a video with music to go on general release in 2022. Please also note that the YouTube stream on the day will be publicly archived and used for project publicity, etc.

*If you have difficulty registering using Google Form, contact the office at using the subject line “Pun Part 2 Workshop,” and include your name and your contact details. We will send out the Zoom URL individually by the day of the event.
*Please refer to the PDF file here regarding pre-event Zoom settings
*Please ensure devices are set to receive e-mails from
*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential and used only to send you information from the organizer about this event.


Makoto Nomura


Anant Narkkong
Memet Chairul Slamet
Shin Sakuma
Jun Kitazawa

How to view

The live stream on the day will be available on the “Art Access Adachi: Downtown Senju” YouTube channel.

Viewing/participation fee
Free (viewers responsible for internet costs)


Art Access Adachi: Downtown Senju-Connecting through Sound Art Office
Contact Form: Please contact via the contact form on the official website.
Tel: 03-6806-1740 (13:00 – 18:00 except Tuesday and Thursday)




Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music, OTOMACHI PROJECT(NPO), Adachi City
Supported by
The Japan Foundation Asia Center (The Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration)