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Hiroaki Honshuku

Hiroaki Honshuku, Leader - Flute, EWI Hiroaki Honshuku was first introduced to jazz in 1985 while teaching music at the US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. A gradute of both Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, he has studied with various jazz luminaries including George Russell, Dave Holland and George Garzone, among others. Later, Honshuku went on to teach at NEC as well as Longy School of Music. Hiro had been an assistant director for late George Russell at the New England Conservatory from 1987 until Russell's retirement. Hiro has been deeply inspired by Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept for Tonal Organization, which now characterizes Hiro's writing style using Tonal Gravity without any traditional II-V-I resolution. Hiro has played with Mike Stern, Dave Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Dave Weckl, Tiger Okoshi, Maria Schneider, and Tom McKinley, among others, and has appeared on over 25 albums

Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz

Label: Jazz Tokyo
Released: 2018
Track listing: Nardis; All the Things You Are; Happy Fire; In a Sentimental Mood; Estamos Ai; Summertime; Someday My Prince Will Come; Blues in the Closet; Playground; Nem Um Talvez; A Foggy Day.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hiroaki Honshuku's Racha Fora: Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz

Read "Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert

There's certainly no shortage of self-confidence in a musician who decides to subtitle an album New Kind of Jazz, as does Hiroaki Honshuku on the third release by his jazz fusion band Racha Fora. The group does possess a distinctive sound, to be sure, in large part due to its instrumentation: with Honshuku the dominant presence ...

Racha S'Miles

Label: JazzTokyo
Released: 2015

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Racha Fora: Racha S'Miles

Read "Racha S'Miles" reviewed by James Nadal

The music of Miles Davis certainly needs no introduction. It has been covered in a myriad of styles, by a vast quantity of artists. Racha S'Miles is an ambitious project that deconstructs Davis's music and hurls it into a rhythmic and exotic orbit exhibiting Brazilian sensibilities. The Racha Fora ensemble consists of cross cultural musicians who ...

Not That Silent Night

Label: A-NO-NE Music
Released: 2006


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