Open call for workshop of the True Colors BEATS

Santiago Vazquez
Uncountable Beats FestivalLet’s improvise together with various rhythm and tempo.

Learn to play various rhythms and make music together with a diverse group of people speaking different languages through simple gestures. Every participant will perform with their voice and the instrument that they bring. These instruments can be percussive, non-percussive, or even anything that makes a sound!

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Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 19 – 20, 2019, 14:00-18:00

Location: The Nippon Foundation 8th Floor
2-2-1 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8404


Participants must be able to attend both days of workshop(October 19 & 20, 2019) AND the Uncountable Beats Festival(October 22, 2019).
Participants who need assistance arriving to the location will need to arrange on their own.
Minors must have parental consent for participation..
Items to Bring: Percussive instrument, musical instrument, something that makes sound. *Electricity will not be available on-site.
In the case of too many applications, a selection will be made by lottery and we will notify the results.

Please apply through the form below.

Application Deadline

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Uncountable Beats Festival

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:00-18:00 (with intermissions)
Location: Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage
2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052



Teacher Biographies

Santiago Vazquez
Santiago Vazquez was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires. While being recognized as one of Argentina’s most acclaimed percussionist, he is also a composer, conductor, and a cultural event organizer. Vazquez developed the “Rhythm and Sign” method, which allow for multiple people to improvise together
through simple hand signals. This April, he received an award from the City of Buenos Aires for his distinguished contribution to the field of culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I am not very good at playing a musical instrument. Can I still participate?

A Yes. How well you play an instrument is not crucial. If you can make sounds, that’s enough!

Q. I cannot read music. Can I still participate?

A Yes. When we play, we will not look at a score but follow “hand-signs” given by the conductor.

Q. What are “hand-signs”?

A These are not sign language, but gestures that instruct you how to play.

Q. Can my parents or someone who is assisting me watch the workshop and performance?

A Yes. For the workshop, we will create a seating area where people can watch. Please let us know in advance if you will need a seat. For the performance, they can view from the audience seating area without a ticket. However, please notify us if you need someone to assist you on stage.

Q. Can children participate?

A Yes, there is no age limit. However, children under the age of six will need their parents by their side.

Q. What language will the workshop be conducted in?

A The workshop will be conducted in simple Japanese, English, and Spanish. Even if you don’t understand any of these languages, you to still participate and we encourage you to enjoy the experience with others.

Q. Can I attend only the workshop?

A No. We require all participants to take part in both the workshop and the performance on October 22.


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True Colors Festival 2020/2021

True Colors Festival (TCF) presented by The Nippon Foundation is a series of performing arts events presented across geographies, in celebration of diversity and inclusion as “One World One Family.”

Through festivals since 2006 in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Japan, TCF has presented more than 1,100 performing artists from more than 30 countries and attracted more than 40,000 people.

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