KANKYŌ ONGAKU: An Evening of Environmental Music!

JACCC and dublab present
KANKYŌ ONGAKU: An Evening of Environmental Music!

Los Angeles, CA – JACCC and dublab present Kankyō Ongaku: An Evening of Environmental Music. It will be the first event of its kind in the U.S. to highlight this recently contextualized Japanese music genre. The event takes place Saturday, September 23rd from 5 – 10 pm at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

During an economic boom in the ’80s, when Japanese businesses sought to enhance their physical spaces and business products with sound, corporate commissions would compel Japanese sound artists to inadvertently create a new genre fusing minimal electronic textures and sounds of nature as perhaps both a reaction and a salve to the rapid urbanization of the time.

An expertly-curated compilation in 2019 and recommendations derived from Youtube algorithms have helped listeners today, just like in the ‘80s, experience how this calm-inducing music can offer respite to the frenzied pace of our modern lives. Inspired by this sound approach, this event will feature live performances, DJs, listening sessions, and visuals complementing the physical spaces throughout JACCC–including the Aratani Theatre, the Japanese Garden, and Isamu Noguchi Plaza.

The evening includes:

  • ●  Performing as a duo as part of their first-ever U.S. tour – kankyō ongaku pioneers Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano

  • ●  Portland-based duo Visible Cloaks (Spencer Doran & Ryan Carlile) performing in a Quartet with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano

  • ●  Long-standing environmental music unit Inoyama Land in an exclusive performance streaming live from Yugawara, Japan

  • ●  Live performances by local sound artists Dustin Wong and No Translation

  • ●  DJ Sets by Green-HousePatrick ShirioshiFrostyDJ Healthy, and Ki Oni

  • ●  The premiere of Talking Stones, an original work by JACCC’s Master Artist in Residence Hirokazu Kosaka

  • ●  Listening sessions hosted by In Sheep’s Clothing, L.A.’s source for vinyl and analog culture

    With involvement from Spencer Doran (Visible Cloaks) and Yosuke Kitazawa (guest curator of this event), both Grammy-nominated producers of the compilation Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, it will truly be a momentous convergence of artists and major purveyors of the genre.


    Tickets are $20 presale, $25 at the door. For tickets, visit JACCC.org/kankyo-ongaku.

    Seniors (62+) are eligible for complimentary tickets. To redeem, please contact the Box Office from 10 am – 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays at (213) 680-3700.