Atsuko Yashima | Japan



Atsuko Yashima has been the producer of the Tokyo International Jazz Festival since its launch in 2002. Atsuko is a senior producer of NHK Enterprises, an affiliate company of NHK, Japan's public broadcast. She has produced various international cultural events represented by Tokyo Jazz Festival, Festival France Glamour, International Robot Contest, Marche de Noel de Strasbourg in Tokyo, and many more.

 

As the producer of Japan’s largest jazz festival, Atsuko is now mainly in charge of planning, booking and artistic direction of the event. The theme of the festival is “beyond borders” and “beyond generation”. As well as inviting variousinternational and domestic artists, she has also focused on creating international exchange projects introducing music from various countries working with the local community. Tokyo Jazz Festival will mark its 10th year in 2011.

 

Recently, Atsuko has also produced Marche de Noel de Strasbourg in Tokyo, in aim to introduce the genuine Christmas culture from Europe and has gathered over 600,000 people in 2010

Wilson Lam Trio | Hong Kong

Generation X

Wilson Lam | Guitar

Chan Kam Ming | Bass

Anna Fan | Drums

Jazz guitarist and Musicians Institute graduate Wilson Lam has been performing, composing and producing music since the age of 18. He has worked with the likes of Michael Bregman, Gunther Schuller, Tan Dun, local heroes Eugene Pao and Ted Lo as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and New York University Symphony Orchestra.

 

For the HKIJF 2011, he will be hooking up with bassist Scott Dodd and drummer Andy Gander, both of whom are thoroughly learned and dedicated educators of music. These two have collectively worked with such greats as Kenny Wheeler, Ernie Watts, John McLaughlin, Nicholas McBride and local guitar-virtuoso Eugene Pao.

 

Whatever comes out of this trio should prove aurally even pleasing, maybe even surprising as they mine their own experiences and cultural backgrounds for musical inspiration in their jazz tour de force.

Ad Lib Music & Art Association (AMA) | Hong Kong

 


Franky Ngai | Violin

Ivy Pei | Keyboard

HoMan Mok | Guitar

J Kin | Bass


The workshop starts with band playing a few popular songs and explains the structure and form to the audience.

 

Then some small percussion instruments will be distributed to the audience, showing them how to play the rhythm and sing along with the band. And main goal is to show them the beauty of improvisation.

 

As we believe children is the best story-teller, and the workshop will show them a way to restore the imagination and creativities inside their mind, which will be thinning out once they receive formal education and training.

 

Tunes that will be featured in the workshop include Old Mcdonald, Twinkle Twinkle little stars, 星光 (多啦A夢)、小丸子, etc.

Antanas Gustys | Lithuania

Founder, artistic director and producer of Vilnius Jazz Festival , Director of Public Institution "Vilnius Jazz Festival", Board member of the Europe Jazz Network General Assembly since 2007. Europe Jazz Network is an association of European producers and presenters who specialisein contemporary jazz and improvised music. EJN was formed in 1987, and as of today, the EJN membership includes 78 organisations (festivals, clubs and concert venues, independent promoters, national organisations) in 24 European countries.

 

Founded in 1987, Vilnius Jazz is the oldest annual jazz festival held in Vilnius. It is an exceptional event in Lithuania, providing a broad perspective on contemporary trends in jazz from all overthe world. Over the years Vilnius Jazz has earned a reputation of a radical avant-garde festival oriented towards novelty and limit-stretching creativity. The stylistic boundaries of jazz and free improvised music are often crossed and expanded here by offering joint projects with musiciansfrom the academic, ethnic, rock and industrial music backgrounds.

Ah Kok | Hong Kong




Ah-Kok Wong, studied Music Technology in Leeds Metropolitan University, England. Now doing Master of Cultural Stuides in Lingnan University, Hong Kong. A Composer, Cultural Critique, Music Tutor, Broadcasting DJ, an Activist and guitarist from the band Pusshitachi, that plays rock, soul, blues, jazz, and experiemental music. Spokesman of an organization Revitalization Independence  Partnership, countering the government's scheme which leads to the destruction of grassroot art spaces.


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