WA Youth Jazz Orchestra & Showa University of Music Cultural Exchange

1 September 2016

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

Project Description

Through a reciprocal exchange, six musicians and two staff members from the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra will tour Japan to form a joint jazz big band with students from the Showa University of Music, based in Kawasaki.

The exchange is designed to promote bilateral respect, expand professional networks and opportunities for musicians, and strengthen artistic cultural and economic ties between the countries.

All participating musicians will take part in a range of activities in Kawasaki, Tokyo and Perth, including rehearsals, performances, recordings, language classes and cultural experiences.

We hope to leverage 2016 exchange activities and to enhance the involvement of Japanese and Australian businesses to ensure the long-tern viability of this annual exchange.

Key dates:

  • WAYJO visit to Japan, including joint performances at the Showa University of Music and Lake Kawaguchi, July 2016.
  • Japanese students visit Perth in September and will join WAYJO for their major concert 'It Don't Mean A Thing' at the Astor Theatre on Saturday 17 September.

Social media: www.wayjo.com or www.facebook.com/wayouthjazzorchestra 

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $16,960.00 with GST in addition

Total project value: $69,267.00

Last Updated: 16 August 2016