en rapport - projects
en rapport creates collaborative platforms for jazz and improvised musicians and composers from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds.
Experimenting with diverse approaches to compostion and improvisation in music, En Rapport also looks to explore links with and between music and other mediums and languages of creative expression, as well as different regions and communities.
no man is an island
en rapport kicks-off a three year project connecting British and Japanese musicians.
Kit Downes in Japan - september 2018
In a series of unique musical meetings, Kit Downes, together with Paula Rae-Gibson and Koichi Makigami, meet with exciting combinations of Japanese jazz and improvising musicians.
en rapport is led by Keith Michael in the U.K., and Asako Taguchi in Japan
Keith has been active as a musician, producer and educator across Europe, Asia and Australia through a varied field of contemporary music and mixed media settings. Along with playing drums with numerous renowned players in the UK, India, Japan and other countries, he has worked extensively producing numerous gigs and tours. Returning to the UK in 2007 has focused on education, teaching at Falmouth University and also leading jazz summer schools there since 2011.
Keith was based in Japan for over fifteen years, and continues travelling there from Cornwall where he now lives. The time in Japan, and the experience of living between the two places has crystallised into the making of en rapport
Asako released her first CD as a singer on 33 Jazz Records in 2015. Backed by an exciting band which included Ed Jones, Ross Stanley, Ife Tolentino, Riaan Vosloo, and produced by Keith Michael, Asako knows first-hand the experience of collaborating with British musicians. Having previously worked successfully in business, Asako also has a deep interest in the traditional structure and values of Japanese culture. Having also spent much time in the UK, en rapport brings all these elements together.