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33/33 kick off their Japan:London exchange

Charles Hayward will perform with Keiji Haino as part of 33/33’s summer celebration of Japanese music in London

St John's sessions has announced a series of events for this summer in “celebration of Japanese composers across London”. Curated by 33/33, the gigs will work as a Tokyo-London exchange, with a Japan leg of the tour slated for this coming Autumn (dates and artists still to be confirmed).

Japanese improv collective Marginal Consort will be returning to London to take part in the series, with the former East Bionic Symphonia members and students of Takehisa Kosugi’s Ongaku taking up residency at St John-at-Hackney Church for their usual lengthy performance on 2 June. The collective, consisting of Kazuo Imai, Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii and Masami Tada, released a three hour live recording of their 2008 performance at Glasgow's Instal festival on Pan Records back in 2013.

The programme also includes a special event a London's V&A museum on 27 May featuring Berlin based Japanese vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita aka el fog, an A/V Installation titled Syn Series 1–3 by Ryoichi Kurokawa, and NTS radio's Japan Blues playing "the finest London selection of Japanese grooves from the 1930s to 80s”. Keiji Haino is also participating, giving a collaborative performance with Charles Hayward at London's Copeland Gallery (8 July), plus solo date sharing a bill with John Butcher, at London's Cafe Oto (date TBC).

Other events will be happening later in the summer, yet to be confirmed, with Japanese streaming platform Dommune and Boiler Room both on board.

The Japan:London season opens on 27 May. Marginal Consort will also be performing for the first time in Berlin at St Elisabeth Kirche on 6 June.