Through the unforeseen collaboration between Japanese traditional sword performance and big band jazz, empowering our community facing unprecedented events and hurdles.  

"Encountering something unknown can lead to positive changes." - Migiwa & Kyo

Booking & General Inquiries; 
Midori Goto (Goto Kikaku Inc.) samuraijazznyc@gmail.com

Samurai Jazz Project - 2021 Fall

Sat Oct 16, 2021 - 2:30 pm door, 3:00 pm start  
at Church of Holy Apostle  - 296 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

We are officially back!! Enjoy the rare collaboration between TATE, the Japanese traditional sword performance and the American big band jazz, created by Kyo Kasumi, Migiwa Miyajima, and their innovative team!

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IMPORTANT - By clicking on the ADD TO CART button and reserving your ticket(s), you agree to all of the following items. 

For COVID-19 Safety: 

  • Face Mask - All guests are asked to wear face masks at all times during the event and agree to visit the venue at their own responsibility. 
  • Name and Contact info  - All guests are also asked to complete screening forms about their recent status with regard to COVID-19 along with names and contact info (either a phone number or email address) at the venue.
  • Vaccination - Please bring proof of vaccination (such as a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Excelsior pass, etc.) or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 3 days prior to the day of the concert. Proof of vaccination or a negative result is now mandatory for indoor events.

*The venue will be thoroughly disinfected.

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Personnel
Samurai Jazz Project
Kyo Kasumi (TATE Hatoryu NY), Tate master, Choreographer, Actor, Co-producer 
Migiwa Miyajima, Composer, Conductor, Music Director, Co-producer
Midori Goto (Goto Kikaku, Inc), Executive director, Production Manager, Co-Producer

TATE Performers/Actors
Kyo Kasumi, Sayuri Tanabe, Taiju Nakane, Norihiro Maruta

Musicians
Samurai Jazz Orchestra - (Composer/Conductor) Migiwa Miyajima, (Reeds) Ben Kono, Alejandro Aviles, Quinsin Nachoff, Paul Jones, Carl Maraghi, (Trombone) Alan Ferber, Mark Patterson, Jason Jackson, James Rogers, (Trumpets) Garret Faccone, David Smith, Mike Rodriguez, Jonathan Saraga, (Guitar) Good Alex, (Piano) Adam Birnbaum, (Bass) Mike Karn, (Drums) Dan Pugach

Oct 16 Sat - Samurai Jazz Project - 2021 Fall 2:30pm door, 3:00pm start   at Church of Holy Apostle 
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Sat Oct 16, 2021 - Samurai Jazz Project 2021 Fall - 2:30pm door, 3:00pm start  at Church of Holy Apostle  - 296 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

IMPORTANT - By reserving your ticket(s), you agree to all of the following items. 

For COVID-19 Safety: 

Face Mask - All guests are asked to wear face masks at all times during the event and agree to visit the venue at their own responsibility. 

Name and Contact info  - All guests are also asked to complete screening forms about their recent status with regard to COVID-19 along with names and contact info (either a phone number or email address) at the venue.

Vaccination - Please bring proof of vaccination (such as a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Excelsior pass, etc.) or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 3 days prior to the day of the concert. Proof of vaccination or a negative result is now mandatory for indoor events including this event.

*The venue will be thoroughly disinfected.

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What is Samurai Jazz Project?  

"Encountering something unknown can lead us to positive changes." - Migiwa & Kyo

Observing that societies worldwide have become increasingly divided by a fear of what is unknown, Tate master/choreographer Kyo Kasumi, and Migiwa Miyajima, a jazz composer/big band leader, founded the “Samurai Jazz Project” in 2019.

We dedicate ourselves to empowering people facing unprecedented events and hurdles.  By showing an unforeseen collaboration between Tate, which originated in Japanese Kabuki theater culture in the early 1600s and still exists in Japan today, and an American art form “big band jazz”, we aim to deliver the message that encountering something undiscovered can lead us to positive changes.  

Both Tate and jazz are heavily male-dominated art forms, so both as women and immigrant artists, we have always faced extra hurdles in our artistic pursuits. An additional goal of ours is to be trailblazers for other immigrant and women artists.

Tate is one of Japan’s traditional performing arts and is not a match against another competitor. It is one of the performing methods that create realistic and dynamic fighting scenes by working collaboratively with one’s partner. Tate originates in Kabuki from the Edo era and evolved into today’s realistic and speedy performance by incorporating the needs of the age and the essence of Budo. It emphasizes not only the skills and precise movements of the sword but also the spirit of Budo and deep respect for one’s partner and the sword. Kyo Kasumi is the founder and the director of Tate Hatoryu NY - the Tate studio.  She is the Tate Master and Instructor, Japanese sword fighting instructor, action director, producer, and fighting choreographer of films and stage combat.

Shu Ha Ri Suite (2019) - Composed by Migiwa Miyajima, Choreographed by Kyo Kasumi (TATE Hatoryu NY)

Conductor; Migiwa Miyajima, TATE performer; Kyo Kasumi and Sayuri Tanabe,  Soloists; Baritone Sax Carl Maraghi, Trombone Mike Fahie
Music played by Mosaic Orchestra (New York Jazz Composers' Mosaic)
Videotaped at The DiMenna Center on August 8th, 2019