ASA-CHANG & Junray
Ars Nova Workshop Presents

ASA-CHANG & Junray

ASA-CHANG & Junray
Ages 21+
ASA-CHANG & Junray at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia

7PM - Doors

8PM - Show


Join Ars Nova Workshop for the Philadelphia premiere appearance of Japanese ensemble ASA-CHANG & Junray. The name comes from the “Jun-Ray Tronics” soundsystem developed by self-taught tabla guru Asa-Chang. Junray (derived from the Japanese word for pilgrimage) has been described as an attempt to summarize musically the entire experience of human emotion, or “kidoairaku.” Drawing on material from the project’s entire discography, Asa-Chang performs as a trio with Yoshihiro Goseki (clarinet, flute), Anzu Suhara (violin), and of course the “Jun-Ray Tronics” soundsystem.

Based in Tokyo, Asa-Chang has spent much of his professional life touring with multi-million-selling J-pop acts and is regarded as one of Japan’s premiere session percussionists. In the early 2000s, his group was met with worldwide acclaim from the success of debut international album Tsu Gi Ne Pu and the single “Hana,” which featured tabla, overlapping vocals, strings, and electronic elaborations in an innovative sound that hovered between pop and avant-garde sensibilities. Tsu Gi Ne Pu was released in the United Kingdom under The Leaf Label and was selected as Best Album of 2002 by Mojo magazine and Muzik, and the 4th Best Album by The Wire magazine. “Hana” was featured on Fabric Live 07, while ‘Tsuginepu To Ittemita’ was included on a The Wire Tapper CD. BBC DJ and tastemaker John Peel featured “Hana” regularly on his radio show; and, even recently, it has garnered new admirers, with German concert series ReiheM describing the song’s pointed impartiality as in the spirit of Robert Ashley or David Behrman.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125