In 1999, about 20 people, laymen as singers but well-known professionals in their own fields, got together to perform at an AIDS charity benefit concert. Soon thereafter, the group was formally constituted as Roppongi Men’s Chorus Club until November 2015. Members hail from a wide range of backgrounds: politicians, businessmen, academics and cultural figures, ranging in age from 24 to 86. They perform and raise money at various charity events for causes such as the Children’s Earth Fund, the Afghanistan Ambulance Fund, Indian Ocean Tsunami aide and assistance for the victims of “311,” the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Activities also extend outside of Japan. The first tour in 2003 went to Vienna, Graz and Berlin. The tour to Cuba followed in 2005. In 2006 the chorus performed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and they made their opera debut at the Festival Puccini in Italy in August of this same year. In 2007, they performed at Salle de Garnier in the Monte Carlo Opera House, attended by Prince Albert of Monaco. The performance at Sala Sao Paulo, was recognized as an official program of “100 Years of Japan-Brazil Friendship” in 2008. In 2009, they performed at Madeleine Cathedral in Paris and at the National Opera in Bordeaux as an official program. In 2010, Milano Duomo invited the chorus to perform at their Cathedral. The chorus then sang at a mass in St. Peter’s Basicila in the Vatican the following day. In 2011, they performed “The Last Message” composed by Shigeaki Saegusa in Geneva as an official concert for The International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. In 2013, Volgograd Oblast organized a concert in Volgograd City. In 2014, they appeared at a re-performance of Saegusa’s opera “Jr. Butterfly” at the 60th Puccini Festival in Italy. In January 2015, the chorus performed their original musical “Waist Size Story” in Tokyo. On September 8, 2015, they performed “The Last Message” at the Philharmonia in St. Petersburg as a memorial concert for the Anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of Leningrad.

The chorus has appeared in TV commercials and recorded theme songs for television shows and international events, in the process releasing eight CDs, each of which has been met with critical and commercial success.

In February 2016, the chorus changed its name to “Roppongi Male Chorus ZIG-ZAG” and restarted their activities.

There are more than 90 members, who come together to declare the beauty which music provides throughout our lives.

In June 2018, the chorus staged a performance of “The Last Message” at Carnegie Hall with a full audience, New York, followed by a follow-on concert at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

In 2019, the chorus will celebrate its 20th anniversary and hold a commemorative concert at the Suntory Hall in October.

Representative Members: President: Shigeaki Saegusa, Composer
Vice President: Hiroyuki Watanabe, President, Lead-off Japan Co., Ltd.
Vice President: Etsuo Nakahara, Managing Director, Clinique DUBOIS

Annual events:
  • - Subscription concert at Suntory Hall, Tokyo
  • - Annual concert of Shigeaki Saegusa: Requiem at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo
  • - Singing of the national anthem at Tokyo Marathon
Previous overseas performances:
Vienna, Graz and Berlin in 2003/ Habana in 2005/ Honolulu and Puccini Festival, Italy in 2006/ Monaco in 2007/ Sao Paulo in 2008/ Paris and Bordeaux in 2009/ Milan and Vatican in 2010/ Geneva in 2011/ Volgograd, Russia in 2013/ Puccini Festival, Italy in 2014/ St. Petersburg in 2015/ Roma and Vatican in 2017/ Newyork in 2018
Commemorative tour to the war dead at World War II:
Leyte and Luzon, Philippines in 2011/ Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands in 2012/ Peleliu Island, Republic of Palau in 2014/ Kwajalain, Marshall Islands in 2017/ Myanmar in 2018
Future events:
  • - ROKUDAN 20th anniversary concert at Suntory Hall, Tokyo on October 25, 2019
    Program: Shigeaki Saegusa: Cantata “TENGAI” and excerpts from “The Last Message”
    Conductor: Naoto Otomo / Counter Tenor: Toshiyuki Muramatsu
    Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra