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In Transit: Online Improvisation with Dajare Music Community Band

21 August 2021
16.00 - 17.00 hrs (GMT+7)

Dajare Music Community Band, Japan

Makoto Nomura


Senju Pun-filled Music Festival is a project to study “Dajare Music” with composer Makoto Nomura and “Dajare Music Community Band” who gathered through open calls. It is held as a part of “Art Access Adachi: Downtown Senju - Connecting through Sound Art”, the project which hold a variety of art programs under the theme of “sound” in cooperation with Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo, Adachi City, Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music, and NPO Otomachi Project.


Pun-filled Music is the fusion of puns, or “dajare” in Japanese, and music. In this music, we combine word and word or find out word from word, and we think the way of playing music from these words.

For an example, I will show you how we came up with the word “Fuerumata” as the title of a tune. Within the musical term “fermata,” we find out the Japanese words “fue,” which means “flute,” “fueru,” which means “to increase,” and “matta” which means “wait.” In this tune, the number of flute players increase gradually and when the conductor makes the gesture to “wait,” the players stop what they were playing, and play a fermata tone at the same time.


There are many other types of “Dajare Music.” For example, songs in which the words are made from puns, tunes played with movies in which people are interviewed to say puns, and so on. These tunes are mainly made in the workshops with “Dajare Music Community Band.”

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