En Rapport creates collaborative platforms for jazz and improvised musicians, composers, and artists from diverse artistic mediums and cultural backgrounds.
Experimenting with varied approaches to composition and improvisation, En Rapport seeks to explore creative links between artists working with different mediums and languages of creative expression.
no man is an island
2018 - en rapport embarks on a three year programme entitled ‘No Man Is an Island’, developing collaborative projects in workshop and performance with U.K and Japan based artists in contemporary improvised music and other mediums. Projects kick-off with a series of events in tokyo,japan by kit downes together with Paula Rae-Gibson and several tokyo based jazz and improvising musicians.
Based in Cornwall, southwest England, En Rapport continues developing projects following on from the first events with Kit Downes in Tokyo. Under the title No Man is an Island there are currently five projects in motion to be performed during 2020 in the U.K or Japan exploring approaches to creative work and links between artists connected with the U.K. and Japan.
Along with the international projects and events En Rapport supports links with local and regional live jazz and jazz education events:
- Jazz at the Poly - a monthly live session at The Poly arts centre in Falmouth, running since October 2018.
- Rapport Falmouth Jazz Summer School - an annual six-day jazz workshop (for all ages (+14) and experience levels) running every August for six days at Falmouth University, Academy of Music and Theatre Arts.
Kit Downes in Japan - september 2018
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.