Thirty Three Thirty Three and PAN present a rare performance from the remarkable Japanese improvisation collective, Marginal Consort, as part of St John Sessions. This performance also marks the start of Japan:London, a series of London events produced and curated by Thirty Three Thirty Three celebrating Japanese artists, composers and performers. Starting 27 May 2016
Marginal Consort is a Japanese avant-garde improvisational collective made of sound and visual artists, who were all students of Takehisa Kosugi at the radical Bigaku school of aesthetics in Tokyo in the 70s. The group is a reformation of the East Bionic Symphonia, a large improvisation ensemble in the spirit of his Kosugi’s Group Ongaku and Taj Mahal Travellers projects, who released an incredible self-titled long-form drone record in the early 80s.
Renowned for doing only one concert annually, witnessing this collective is a rare delight. In 2013 the recording of a performance of theirs from Glasgow on 7 February 2008 caught the ears of PAN founder Bill Kouligas, which lead to the release of a very limited live record and a performance with South London Gallery organised in collaboration with Cafe Oto and Bill Kouligas.