Six Charms of La Folle Journée

1) An innovative theme is proposed every year
2) The length of each concert is only 45 minutes: audience can catch several concerts if they wish and experience a variety of concerts all day from morning to evening
3) Concerts by top Japanese and visiting artists are offered at low prices
4) A variety of free events are proposed
5) From families with babies to ardent music lovers, listeners from all kinds of backgrounds can enjoy live performances in a relaxed setting
6) A great festivity that fills the city with music

René Martin

Artistic Director René Martin

Main Features of La Folle Journée 2018

La Danse


The program of La Folle Journée 2018 will cover various masterpieces which are the results of stimulating meetings between open-minded musicians and a new world culture. Throughout classical music history, composers have bade farewell to their native lands to move to new countries. Many composers of the 20th century especially, for example, were forced to flee their beloved homes for political reasons. On the other hand, several curious composers of the Baroque era moved to a new and foreign environment in a voluntary manner. In any case, I think every piece created by a composer in a place far away from his “roots” is meaningful and touches our heart because it can evoke, alongside a nostalgia, a desire for discovering new worlds and new hope. I hope you will all enjoy the inspirational musical dramas resulting from the destinies of composers faced with the stream of history.

Pick-up Artists

Nelson Goerner
Piers Faccini&his musicians
Simone Rubino
Yom&Quatuor IXI
Richard Galliano
Orchestra of the Transylvania State Philharmonic, Cluj-Napoca

Highlights in the Ikebukuro Area
One of the “must-listen” pieces of this year, Alexander Gretchaninoff's "Missa oecumenica" is a magnificent mass for orchestra, organ, solo singers and choir based on the Ecumenism, the movement promoting unity among diverse churches or religions. 

The Black Bottom Brass Band brings a happy ending to the last concert of the LFJ in the Ikebukuro area. Let’s party!

Highlights in the Marunouchi Area
Marked by its deep bass sound shaking the earth, the Ekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir from Russia participates in LFJ for the first time. The Transilvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca from Romania also participates in LFJ for the first time. Don’t miss a rare chance to listen to them!
Very popular among French young people, the brilliant Klezmer clarinet player Yom creates an unprecedented sound in collaboration with the contemporary jazz quartet IXI. 
Modern “minstrel”, the singer-songwriter Piers Faccini performs songs on the theme of wandering with eminent African descendent musicians. From “Sound of Music” to “Pocahontas”, a concert featuring music from various films will be held for kids.

Program highlights

Composers who, in a forced or voluntary manner, fled totalitarian nations or civil wars Chopin: Piano Concertos No.1 & No.2, Mazurkas, Ballades
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.4, Symphonic Dances
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3, Classical Symphony (Classical Symphony)
Stravinsky: Concerto for String Orchestra, The Soldier's Tale
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Schoenberg: Piano Concerto
Bartok: Piano Concerto No.3, Concerto for Orchestra
Albéniz: Iberia
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (for Guitar)
Composers who emigrated to a new world Händel: Concerto grosso, Chaconne
D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", Cello Concerto
Composers who wandered into another world in the depths of their own heart (inner exile) Beethoven: Symphony No.3 “Eroica”, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
Schubert: Winterreise (Winter Journey), Fantasy
Schumann: Fantasy
World Music, Jazz, Film Scores related to the theme Medieval songs on the theme of wandering
Medieval music from several places around the Mediterranean Sea
Blues, New Orleans Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Gypsy music, Klezmer, Modern songs on the theme of wandering
Wadaiko (Japanese traditional drum) ensemble
Concert featuring live performance to accompany a movie, Concert featuring music from various films
  • *Programs and performing artists are subject to change.