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Sangatsu live at HAU Berlin

  • Organization : Sangatsu
  • Section : Overseas
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Music


Sangatsu will perform at the special festival Japan Syndrome In Berlin’s HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) as part of the program to showcase contemporary culture of Japan, to be held between May 20 – 29, 2014.
The program for HAU 1 (May 27) includes the group’s regular repertoire and a demonstrative number to explain the structural mechanism of each piece, leveraging the venue’s acoustic features.
The HAU 2 (May 28) is arranged for the performance at the theater foyer, presented after the main program (premier of Cherfitsch’s new work). The performance focuses on the acoustic effects drawing on the restrictive structural conditions of the venue, employing high-mobility instruments and devising unique performing formations in which performers surround the audiences. This is Sangatsu’s first live performance in Europe.
There will be a discussion session during the event.

Atsuhiro Koizumi (guitar)
Sotaro Kojima (guitar)
Ichiro Shukuya (drums)
Hiroki Chiba (bass)
Hiroki Togashi (drums)
Yuji Tanaka (drums)
Sotaro Ishigami (drums)

Yutaka Endo (Technical Director)
Raku Nakahara (PA)
Takio Okamura (Production Manager)


Sangatsu, means March in Japanese.
The band formed in Tokyo 17 years ago, and made a debut with their 1st album Sangatsu, produced by Jim O’Rourke.
Recently, the band’s focus has been on the structure of song making more than the end results the song itself, and hence they have been creating “recipes” for songs. With the aim of building an OS for new music. All of their recipes are made available as open source on the Internet. In 2012, Sangatsu abandoned copyright for its work, and since then have been releasing all of their songs under the Creative Commons license. Sangatsu has collaborated with numerous theaters, film, and dance projects.
Their latest work is music for Ground and Floor, a theater production by chelfitsch.
Ever since they formed as a group they meet and rehears every Sunday.


Soutaro Kojima
Okamura & Company
5-67-1 Yoyogi, Yamada Building 201, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053

Tel: +81-3-6804-7490
E-mail: kojimaa@◆sangatsu.com
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Hebbel am Ufer 1 (HAU1) May 27,
Foyer of Hebbel am Ufer 2 (HAU2) May 28