Nguyên Lê “Saiyuki” & Friends

A fabulous story between exceptional musicians from East and West, ‘Saiyuki, Journey to the West’, marks the opening of the ASEM Cultural Festival in Madrid, Spain. Perhaps you have read Wu Cheng’en’s masterpiece, Journey to the West? This novel tells of the 7th century expedition to India of the Xuanzang monk in search of sacred Buddhist texts. In these fantastic adventures, he will be helped mostly by Sun Wukong Monkey King. A crazy epic that gave rise to a multitude of adaptations in China and Japan, ranging from Peking Opera to manga. Saiyuki, which is the Japanese name, offers a vision that combines tradition and modernity and brews the rich cultural legacies from India to Japan to world music and jazz. This show builds bridges between modernity and tradition, between jazz and traditional music. In collaboration with talented musicians, Prabhu Edouard at tablas (India) and Mieko Miyazaki at koto (Japan) and guests invited for the occasion, guitarist Nguyên Lê manages to create an exquisite musical alchemy sublimating through dialogue between cultures Xiyou Ji, one of the most beautiful pages of humanity.

Nguyen Le – Electric guitar
Prabhu Edouard – Tabla and vocals
Mieko Miyazaki – Koto and vocals

Guest artists
Raphaelle Brochet – Vocals
Illya Amar – Vibraphone
Michel Alibo – Bass
Israel Varela – Drums

Wednesday, 11 December – 19:30
Círculo de Bellas Artes – Fernando de Rojas Theatre
Genre: Music
Duration: 75 min.

Artist biography


Registrations are compulsory, individual and non-transferable. The shows are free of charge and, for this reason, there will be rigorous controls in place to ensure the entrance of people previously registered until the venue capacity is reached. It is advisable to arrive at each show 30 minutes early to collect your ticket. Please notify us of any cancellation by email: [email protected]



11 Dec 2019


7:30 pm


Círculo de Bellas Artes – Teatro Fernando de Rojas
Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2, 28014 Madrid