The Japanese traditional sword performance meets big band jazz!

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

Booking & General Inquiries; 
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MISSION STATEMENT

Through our intercultural collaboration, we seek to: 1. convey that encountering something unforeseen can lead us to positive changes, 2. act as trailblazers for other immigrants and women artists, and 3. cultivate organic inclusion and harmony vital to a time of division through integrating Japanese perspectives and aesthetics.

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, an award-winning 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 one of Japan’s traditional performing arts and is not a match against other competitors. 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, 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.

Invite Kasumi and Miyajima and get inspired!

Plan a Workshop with the Samurai Jazz Project!

Both Kasumi and Miyajima are experienced educators sharing humanism through Tate and music for the past two decades. We are happy to plan a customized workshop for your school or community gathering.

The Samurai Jazz Project Workshop can include 

- Performance of Tate and Jazz

- Discussion of Japanese History and the Samurai Culture 

- Illustration of Gratitude and Respect; the Spirit of Japan

- Instructional Lecture of How to Collaborate with People from Different Backgrounds/Incorporate Different Traditions

Invite us for your School or Festival
Samurai Jazz Project's performance sizes range from a minimum of 2 to 20 or more. Talk to us to find the best solution.

Works

Trailblazer (2021) - Composed by Migiwa Miyajima, Choreographed by Kyo Kasumi (TATE Hatoryu NY)

Conductor; Migiwa Miyajima, TATE performer; Kyo Kasumi, Taiju Nakane, Norihiro Maruta Soloists; David Smith (trumpet), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet)
Music played by the Samurai Jazz Orchestra
Performed at The Church Of Holy Apostles on October 16, 2021, Photo credit Michael Yu

The performance was made possible by grants from the New York City Artists Corps, Mt. Fuji Restaurant and TATE Hatoryu NY. It is also supported by the Hunter College Japanese Program, the Gohan Society and the Consulate General of Japan in New York. Thank you all so much!