Meeting M. Saitoh Tetsu and the beginning of a great collaboration work
I met the musician and composer Tetsu Saitoh in 2004. I am thankful to mr. Takashi Ito for organising this meeting. Takashi Ito knew that, since Peter Kowald.s death, I was looking for a musician to perform improvisation in Japan. So Mr. Ito, thanks to his formal profession as journalist for Jazz music for the NHK. Japanese television, was very well inform about the music improvisation scene in Tokyo. Also, because he knew well Peter Kowald and his music, Takashi had the beautiful idea that Tetsu and I could get along in improvisation quite well.
The meeting happened in the Session House and Tetsu and I spoke almost no words except: « nice to meet you, shall we try? »..
After 20 minutes of improvisation, the thing was clear and we stopped. Tetsu, Takashi and myself, smiled to each other, because we felt that words were not necessary.
We started our collaboration work with a tour through Japan organised by Tetsu in 2006.
Since 2006, this collaboration work has been always developing more and more. Tetsu was not only a great person, a great musician and composer, he had also an incredible amount of friends artist all through Japan, and he was very active in bringing people to meet each other.
So through M. Saitoh I could meet and perform with a very large amount of Japanese artists and many cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe could be realised. Through M. Saitoh I had also the great pleasure to perform in many towns of Japan and discover the beauty of this country and the wonderful hospitality of the Japanese folk.
All through the years, since 2006, the constant growing of the amount of European and Japanese artists which have been put in contact with one another through our meeting became important enough to allow us to consider that we became a little cultural platform for artist between Europe and Japan. Each of those contacts developed to a more extended collaboration work and many events in many countries could have been created out of this collaboration.
This collaboration work continues very actively and M. Saitoh and myself hope to be able in the next future to extend our cultural exchange collaboration work to more European and Japanese artists.
More detailed information about this collaboration work is to find through this link:
- Dancing with Tetsu Saitoh
- Choreography for Dance-theatre, « Mein Schloss »
- Choreography for dance-theatre, Looking for Kenji 1»
- Choreography for dance-theatre, Looking for Kenji 2»
- Dancing with Yuji Kobayashi
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2006 japan tour have a look !
2007 japan tour have a look !
2008 japan tour have a look !
2009 world tour have a look !
2010 world tour have a look !
2011 asian tour have a look !
2012 world tour have a look !
2013 japan tour have a look !
2014 japan tour have a look !
2014 Germany tour have a look ! not yet, sorry !
2015 japan tour have a look !
2016 japan tour have a look !
2017 japan tour have a look !
2019 dear Tetsu went up in the sky
Contrabassist Tetsu Saitoh and dancer Jean Sasportes, long active in the Wuppertal Dance Company of Germany led by choreographer Pina Bausch, are taking a session tour around Japan. The intersection of dance and sound that engenders an analog, flesh corporeity in the performances of a musician and dancer who have been in search of their own realities presents its audiences with a model of sincere collaboration.
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