SANGATSU Experimental Live Performance

5 May 2018

We were very honored to be able to host this special concert with the Japanese orchestra SANGATSU. In March, SANGATSU took over Three Shadows, putting on an experimental performance that blended art and music. 




SANGATSU/三月is an experimental music group founded in Tokyo in 1997 by experimental music wizard Jim O’Rourke. The purpose of the band's establishment was to break through the inherent boundaries of music and use  a broader conception of sound to create new forms of expression. The group has engaged in extensive intermedia collaborations, touching various fields such as drama, dance, and video. Their first overseas performance was held at the Basil Theater in Beijing, China in June 2013. They used music to awaken the space of the old yard and shared two extremely memorable performances with the Chinese audience. They subsequently performed in Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan.


They also make music for films and stage productionsthrough a project called "Catch and Throw,” where past sound works will become public and free of copyright.


Artistic Concept


To do new music. In recent years, SANGATSU's focus has been on "using music to build relationships between people and places."


The music is liberated from the binary distinctions that have always been inherent to listeners and creators, making music a means of connecting people and places. What will happen when music is no longer the object of appreciation but becomes a tool of action? This is the direction that SANGATSU has continuously focused on and explored in recent years.


SANGATSU Social Workshop


The original art workshop of SANGATSU is called “Catch and Throw”. People who are not musicians also can participate. It is a kind of activity for everyone to come together to find “a method to create music”. The workshop is in line with its performance – inspired by space. The "rules of the game" are to create music  in the spirit of performance art, existing in a space between the theater and concert hall. There is no economic interest nor family kinship.


What is important and to be explored is: What can be produced in such a flowing, sporadic setting? What is left?