Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Venue: Kino Ponrepo

Artists: John Kaizan Neptune & Stratocluster 

John Kaizan Neptune is an iconic figure of the contemporary shakuhachi world. His energy, scientific approach to the flute design innovation and enthusiasm for the shakuhachi, jazz and modern music, were able to stir the still waters of Japanese music.

7:30 pm ISFP 2021 Opening Speech

A screening of a documentary film Words Can't Go There (2019) - The extraordinary journey of John Kaizan Neptune; a Californian surfer turned Japanese shakuhachi master, who became the world's leading player and innovator of this traditional instrument, as told through his son's perspective. 

John Kaizan Neptune will play in concert with the enfant terrible of Czech jazz Stratocluster (Ian Mikyska et al.). This unusual meeting of a jazz star and a young, eager to break limits ensemble, will be a mutually enriching experience. We are very much looking forward to viewing the visual component of Stratocluster – an overhead projector and other analog projections by Jan Kulka in Ponrepo cinema theater.