AYASCHOOL: JUNGLE JAM (WLJ Participatory Series #1)




[ We Love Jazz SG Participatory Series #1 ]

We are excited to announce our first quarterly event, We Love Jazz Participatory Series (WLJPS), where you are welcome to take part, such as jam session and improvisational workshops alternating starting this March. In this series, expect different themes and concepts as we heighten your experience with jazz and improvised art form at a whole new level!

For the first installation, join our founding director Aya Sekine who is known as one of the most prominent improviser of the region in jazz and pure improvisations, with her own initiative she calls 'Ayaschool'.

Reserve your slots for either Set #1, Set #2 or let us know if you'd like to take part in both sessions!


3:30-4:00pm: Doors open, Set up & Soundcheck

4:00-4:15pm: Introduction & Briefing

4:15-515pm: Set #1

5:15-5:45pm: Break

5:45-6:00pm: Introduction & Briefing

6:00-7:00pm: Set #2

What is Ayaschool?

Her signature improvisation series Ayaschool (circa 1997) has always stirred up the music community by ever adventurous and obscure programming of musicians encompassing the genre, experiences of each individual and discipline - it is an extremely inclusive yet adheres strictly to 2 core principles; listening & making music.

and Jungle Jam?

Ayaschool has had many different themes in last 20 years, but the participatory version entitled as “Jungle Jam”, was mainly held at Blu Jaz Cafe where she opened the platform and welcomed anyone who is willing to listen and add to the music, as the jammers will stay on the stage from the moment he/she has joined the jam. It is a continuous process of listening and pushing yourselves to create music on the spot 'together'.

How will it be organised?

For this special inaugural instalment, Aya invites 20 enthusiasts to gather to improvise, and make music together - fret not, it will be workshopped in the first 30min, the rest of 2 hours will be making music and it will be all documented.

'I don't have any experience in this...'

You don’t need to be a Jazz musician. You don’t need to be an experienced improviser, you don’t have to know any songs! All you need to do is to listen, and be ready to let the music grow - it's about the process. Let’s see what music will be like in the end!

Welcome to Ayaschool : Jungle Jam where an adventure of sound and music awaits you.


  1. Please come 30 minutes before the start of your session to set up / soundcheck
  2. Bring your own instruments & microphones (we will prepare PA & amps).
  3. We have basic instruments : drum set, piano, keyboards, PA system, but no cables will be provided
  4. For participants : please be prepared to make new music, not songs you know and normally play - this is not a regular Jazz jam session / open mic.
  5. For audience : please be ready to hear the process of how people improvise, not necessarily a specific song or familiar melodies/progressions.
  6. Be open to playing with musicians of all ages, genres, levels and experiences.
  7. There will be no eating or drinking allowed in G302 except water and such, but there is a bench outside of the room and many places to eat nearby.


We are looking for volunteers to help us with documentation (video / photo / recording) of this event.
Interested parties, please sign up here and we will get in touch with you very soon!



Pianist / Improvisor / Composer / Educator

Aya Sekine is a Japanese Jazz pianist based in Singapore who has been actively performing worldwide over the past 2 decades. She is best known for her soulful and dynamic style of swinging Jazz that is heavily influenced by the Bebop and straight-ahead era, but also for her daring improvisations collaborations.

Her notable recent performance includes CHOPPA Experimental Music Festival (2017), Guild In Concert at National Museum of Singapore (2017) and The Esplanade’s Jazz In July (2016). She is a member of Soul/Jazz group L.A.B (Listen And Believe), and a Soundpainting collective Erik Satay & The Kampong Arkestra led by Tim O’Dwyer. She also expands her collaborations to her homeland Japan, where she tours twice a year to challenge her artistic capacity.

Known for her forward thinking, she has programmed live music for Blu Jaz Cafe (2006-2016), which raised the bar for quality non-mainstream live music scene, Club L’Opera (2016), We Love Jazz Party Vol.3 [SJ50 Edition] (2016) and countless small concerts, which continually impact and inspire the community. She directs multi-faceted programming company Bon Goût Music and recently founded a non-profitable We Love Jazz (Singapore) Ltd., which envisions strengthening the community of jazz and improvised music in Singapore.

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Sun Mar 26, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM SGT
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Participant sign-up : Set #1 (4-515pm) *20 LIMITED SLOTS* FULL
Participant sign-up : Set #2 (545-7pm) *20 LIMITED SLOTS* FULL
General admission (audience) FULL
Venue Address
1 McNally Street (Room G302) Singapore
Nearest MRT: Rochor Downtown Line. Come to blk G level 3.

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