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MUSICIAN Born:

Kenta Shimakawa

Since age 15, Kenta Shimakawa has been chasing the exhilarating potential of improvised jazz. His compositions juxtapose that energy against the jarring timbres of modern metal, resulting in a unique sound that exudes intensity. Education & TinderGodz In 2014, Kenta moved to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music. In addition to studying the sounds of M-Base and 20th century/chromatic harmony, he encountered a whole world of talented and upcoming guitarists. Inspired and determined to develop his own sound, Kenta sought the mentorship of accomplished visionaries such as Andy Milne, Kirk Nurock, and Nir Felder

MUSICIAN Born:

Tomo Hasebe

Composer, Drummer. He just recorded his debut album with Oz Noy, Ole Mathisen, Evan Marien, Isamu McGregor in NY, which was highly applauded by many of music icons. The album will be officially out in January 2019. The single- cut tune "Christopher!" is available now! You can also check the studio-session movie of this song via the YouTube link!

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stephen Nomura Schible: I wanted to make an intimate portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto

Read "Stephen Nomura Schible: I wanted to make an intimate portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski



Japanese composer, pianist, and producer Ryuichi Sakamoto has always resisted an easy definition or description. Taken into account his illustrious and vast output which has spanned over different decades and fashions, he has been at the center and outer fringes of shaping contemporary music. For many, he is one of the greatest exponents of ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Tokyo Jazz Joints: Capturing An Old Love Story

Read "Tokyo Jazz Joints: Capturing An Old Love Story" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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Could you imagine coffee shops in any North American or European city that played jazz non-stop all day, or bars where, variously, as you quenched your thirst, you heard only Blue Note Records, free-jazz or the music of, say, Miles Davis, according to the bar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Otomo Yoshihide Special Big Band: Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn

Read "Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Is it possible to maintain impeccable avant-garde credentials and be a popular culture phenomenon? This is the case with Otomo Yoshihide, a central figure in the Tokyo improv community, known internationally since the late '90s thanks to his participation in the downtown New York scene alongside John Zorn and many others. The Japanese guitarist and turntablist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nobuki Takamen: Live in Japan

Read "Live in Japan" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When last heard from, guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen had released his first solo album, Solo Guitar (2014). He is active on the New York scene, but has returned to his native Japan for an annual tour for many years. For his sixth album he has chosen to document live performances of his trio with bassist Toshiyuki Tanahashi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Masahiko Togashi & Masayuki Takayanagi: Pulsation

Read "Pulsation" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Virtually unnoticed in the West, the Japanese free jazz scene in the 1970s was bursting with creativity. The musicians shared a strong sense of adventure, as they welcomed the developments of creative music and free improvisation from USA and Europe while trying to find their own voice with a completely personal approach to improvised music. One ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balazs Pandi: An Untroublesome Defencelessness

Read "An Untroublesome Defencelessness" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The often repeated refrain to a complaint about music is, “If it's too loud, then you're too old," doesn't apply to An Untroublesome Defencelessness by Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and Balázs Pándi. You probably should just agree, it is too loud. With any Merzbow record, it just seems to never gets old.

Of late, Merzbow's, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Claude Nobs: We All Came Out To Montreux...

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Montreux Jazz Festival is fifty. It's a significant milestone and cause for celebration. No doubt there will be an added festive element to this year's edition of the festival, founded by Claude Nobs--along with pianist Géo Voumard and writer René Langel--in 1967. Yet for many, the celebrations will be tinged with sadness due to the absence ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pia Boda: Chasing Pixies

Read "Chasing Pixies" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The debut solo album of jny: Los Angeles-Born, Danish saxophonist and educator Pia Boda is an evocative attempt to relive old Viking stories about elves and fairies. The symbolic images about a living nature, the chase of the invisible elves and fairies who were supposed to hover in the air, and we can only sense “contours ...