Japanese theme at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 marks historic relations

This year’s Copenhagen Jazz Festival does not only mark the festival’s 39th edition. When the summer’s jazz festival kicks off on July 7, it also happens with an eye towards Japan. 2017 marks the first 150 years of diplomatic exchange between Denmark and Japan – a piece of history making its mark on several cultural events throughout the year both here and in Japan.

At Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 this manifests as a special Japanese theme, giving the audience a taste of both traditional Japanese music as well as some of the youngest contemporaries on the Japanese scene. The audience can look forward to concerts with groups such as Tri4th, invited by Tokyo Jazz, and improvisers MoGoToYoYo led by drummer Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, whose talent can be experienced at several concerts during Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017. The classical Japanese music is represented by saxophonist and flautist Haruhiko Okabe, joining forces with Danish cello duo Soma & Lil.

“I first visited Copenhagen in 2001, before launching Tokyo Jazz Festival. My visit was during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and the ambience of the festival and the city was a total “culture shock” to me. It was so amazing to find how people were enjoying jazz everywhere around the city at ease. The festival and the city gave me a strong inspiration to launch our festival in Tokyo.” – Atsuko Yashima, Executive Producer, Tokyo Jazz Festival

In addition to this year’s theme, Copenhagen Jazz Festival has produced a special Japanese art poster and t-shirt, both designed by the Tokyo-based artist Komatsu Soulcutter. The poster – based on Soulcutter’s papercuttings – is serigraphed, while the Japanese jazz t-shirt is available in a limited edition in either black or white. Both can be ordered here: Copenhagen Jazz Festival webshop

See all concerts under the Japanese theme at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 here:

Makiko Hirabayashi/Kiku Day “Kintsugi”
8/7, kl. 20:00 – Frihavnskirken, København Ø

Tri4th (JP) presented by Tokyo Jazz
8/7 kl. 23:00 – Jazzhouse, København K – Free admittance

Tri4th (JP) presented by Tokyo Jazz
9/7 kl. 14:00 – Kongens Have, København K – Free admittance

Orbit Stern & Q feat. Yoshitake Expe (JP) – Free admittance
11/7 kl. 19:00 – Jazzhouse Open Air, København K

Solborg/Dörner/Toldam/Yoshigaki (D/DK/JP)
11/7 kl. 23:00 – ILK / 5e, København V

Soma & Lil feat. Haruhiko Okabe (JP)
13/7 kl. 21:00 – LiteraturHaus, København N

Sture Ericson/Henrik Olsson/Håkon Berre feat. Daysuke Takaoka (SE/NO/JP)
13/7 kl. 21:30 – Barefoot Records H15, København V

Japan Night
14/7 kl. 20:00 – ILK / 5e, København V

Goat (JP) + YPY (JP)
14/7 kl. 21:00 – Jazzhouse, København K

Orbit Stern & Q feat. Yoshitake Expe (JP) & Sture Ericson
14/7 kl. 23:30 – ILK 5e, København V

MoGoToYoYo (JP)
15/7 kl. 15:00 – Skuespilhusets foyer, København K – Free admittance


About Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s largest and most important international music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new departures in both Danish and International jazz. Lasting 10 days, the festival envelops the Danish capital, offering a sumptuous musical feast to a total of 250,000 visitors who join us year after year. Enjoying live jazz in the city’s gardens, squares and streets, in its famous clubs, concert halls and cafés, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, July 7-16
10 days – 120 venues – more than 1200 concerts