Open Port Club is an inter-city musical exchange program between Berlin and Sapporo.
Sapporo is located at the northern end of Japan; its diverse local art culture has produced many internationally known creators and has fostered a rich, vibrant club music scene. By exchanging and interacting Sapporo creatives with artists from Berlin, Open Port Club aims to stimulate the artists and the club scenes of both cities.
Beginning in 2016, Open Port Club has been sending artists from Sapporo to Tresor, a renowned techno nightclub in Berlin. In an upcoming event on Feb 4, 2017, Kuniyuki (mule music), a musician highly regarded by producers and DJs worldwide for his unique worldview, will perform a live set at Tresor.
Open Port Club plans for the continued coordination and cultural exchange centered on music. Stay tuned for more on this new inter-city exchange program from Sapporo, where the boundaries of creativity are constantly being pushed.
Kuniyuki (mule musiq, japan)
Kuniyuki is based in Sapporo, Japan. His unique musical sense can be described as borderless, and he has been highly praised by producers and DJs from all over the world. He released “Precious Hall,” a tribute song for the clubs in his hometown of Sapporo, through Natural Resource (organized by Joe Claussell), took part in the compilation of 4Hero Dego’s 2000Black, remixed “Cascades of Colour” by Ananda Project, and also released the single “Earth Beats” from Mule Musiq, gaining the passionate support of numerous DJs. From his first album “We are Together” in 2006, he has released seven titles, and with his latest album, “Feather World” in 2012, his music entered a new phase, featuring the one-of-a-kind jazz pianist Fumio Ishibashi and fellow artist Henrik Schwarz. In recent years, he has actively collaborated with international artists such as DJ Nature and Mr Raoul K, also remixing domestic artists such as the Amami Shimauta folksong singer Asazaki Ikue as well as MAREWREW, who sing traditional Ainu songs, and Mouse On The Keys. Since 2013, he has taken part in DJ EMMA's Acid City compilation project, and his track “Acid Air,” which was included on their recent release “Acid City 2,” has been played by DJ Hervey, Giles Peterson and others. In recent years, he has performed not only in Japan but abroad, as well, in Europe, South Africa and elsewhere, where his particular live style has featured a powerful combination of improvisation and dance music.
Naohito Uchiyama (foureal, Japan)
Naohito began producing music in 1990s. After releasing his debut album in 2002, he continued to put out numerous works through various labels both in Japan and internationally. His singular sounds consist of particularly original ways of drum programming using wide palette of percussions, and emotionally charged poetic expressions through melodies. Based in Sapporo city, far from the central music scene, his way of working with music is reflecting on himself and envisioning the advancement of his own output rather than surrounding environment or how its received.
Shigeru Tanabu (WAVE MUSIC)
North part of Japan, Sapporo based Japanese DJ/Producer Shigeru Tanabu is also known as a manager at SONICWIRE.
Newly arrived in NYC to look for his new start, he had met Brendon Moeller and immediately started to play guitar on "Beat Pharmacy". After 1st Beat Pharmacy album released, he started to produce music and put out several tracks on one of top dance music labels to this date such as Wave Music and Apt. International. Now he is working on several new projects under his moniker "Solid State Soul" for dubstep based and "Manaboo" to produce unique jazzy tech dub disco with Brendon Moeller, and "AZZXSSS" which is the dubstep project with hiphop producer AZZURRO, and Shigeru Tanabu & Jay Ahern which is another unique guitar and acid tech disco project.