Posts Tagged ‘tokyo’

Ayumi Koketsu 纐纈歩美 is an accomplished and sophisticated alto saxophone player based out of Tokyo. She learned the trombone from her father and has performed as a jazz musician for almost ten years. I recently attended the Yokohama Jazz Promenade in October 2017 and there were equally talented jazz musicians there also. She recorded her 7th album called “Aquarelle” 10-18-2017 in which she wrote most of the songs. Songs from Aquarelle: 1. Twin Birds 2. Lunelle 3. Sequoia 4. Black Canvas 5. Autumn Nocturne 6. Wow 7. Rainy Day 8. Subtract 9. Lester’s Blues. Recommended and worth listening to.

http://a-koketsu.com/

http://jazzpro.jp/english

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Ki-ichi Beer & The Holy Proximity are an indie rock-pop band from Shimokitazawa in Tokyo. The band doesn’t mimic anyone else and has developed their own original sound while having fun. The band leader work’s at Mona Records in Shimokitazawa. The band members are: キイチビール (Vo/Gt)KD (Cho) 橋本=タフネス=(Ba/Cho), りょう(Key)、タカヒロ (Drums). The band was able to obtain great success through Tower Records Shibuya’s nationwide indie distribution system. They also performed at the Summer Sonic 2017 Festival and recently participated in ROCK IN JAPAN 2017 (RO JACK winner). Discography: 1st Album 世の中のことわからない 1. はじめまして、キイチビール&ザ・ホーリーティッツです。2. 世の中のことわからない 3. 夏の魔法 4. 夏の夜 5. パウエル 6. ビールを用意しててね. Recommended.

I recently visited Mona Records in Shimokitazawa in Tokyo in mid October 2017. I purchased some indie records and enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Mona Records Cafe. Mona Records often hosts lives of upcoming local indie musicians during the evening and on the weekends, operates a cafe, a record label, and sells rare indie music. The area is popular with youth and known for clothing stores, nice cafes and bars, live theaters and indie music venues.

http://www.mona-records.com/

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Ecke エッケ are an indie pop band that started in 2012 and are based out of the Tokyo area. Ecke’s music is a mixture of indie pop combined with hip hop and soul to make a modern sound. Their success is based on enduring and working to develop their band and sound to create a band worth listening to. The band members of Ecke are: Drums Yasuyuki Sugawara, Guitar Jun Okuyama, Vocal & Keyboard Nao Mori, and Bass Naoyuki Fukuda. Discography: 1st Album BYPATH 2017.08.23. Songs: 1. Fiction 2. ACCESS 3. Prowl 4. METAL 5. Lamp 6. skit 7. T.Y.O. 8. the Corner 9. 海を見ていた午後 10. Pause. Recommended.

http://www.eckeweb.com/

Roji 路地 are an indie pop group from Tokyo. The band has matured and improved since I started to listen to them a few years ago. Roji has a good singer Kozue, band, songwriting, and production and you should support them. The band members of Roji are: Yuzo Suzuki: guitar and synthesizer, Kubota: guitar, Takahashi 993: bass, So Ohashi: drums, and Kozue: vocal & synthesizer. My favorite songs of Roji are: 1. 夏のよる 2. えんとつ屋さん 3. 月と舟(home demo) 4. 80 5. 晴れの日. Recommended and definitely worth listening to.

https://www.roji-band.com/


Rourourourousルルルルズ are an indie pop group that performs in the Tokyo area. They evolved and matured into a more adult sound, including adding new band members, and you will enjoy the results. Their current album was created by the additional sounds of the Sax, Flute, Trombone, SteelPan, Percussion, as well as, the piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, and bass. The band members of Rourourourous are: vocals:モミ, Keyboard, Compose:奥野大樹, Violin:コノミ美希, Guitar, Keyboard:コバヤシアツ, Bass:石垣陽菜, and Drums:渡邊シン. Discography: 1st mini album “All is Vanity.” 2014-04-02 2nd album Lululuz 9-20-2017 songs: 1. Nobody knows 2. (Something of Life) Place to be 3. Memorial on Sha 4. Skyline 5. Night Owl 6. You as usual Letter. Recommended and one of my favorites.

https://www.rourourourous.com
https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/rourourourous%E3%83%AB%E3%83%AB%E3%83%AB%E3%83%AB%E3%82%BA/
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Madoka Ogitani 荻谷まどか is a very original musician, composer, and sound designer based out of Tokyo. She creates her magical world utilizing ambient music, environmental and natural sounds, and instruments such as a guitar, ukulele, and a toy piano among others. Ambient music is a key element for her sound because of it’s tonal and atmospheric qualities which one can hear in the songs Bottom, Ending, and A Bell. Madoka has many international fans on Soundcloud. My favorite songs of Madoka are: City, 昼下がりのバス Slow Bus, The Wind Reminds Me, Bottom, の図書館, Ending, Dropped, and A Bell. Recommended.

http://www.madoka-ogitani.com/

Help support Madoka on Bandcamp

https://madoka.bandcamp.com/music

Natsu Summer ナツ・サマー from Ehime Prefecture, is a reggae and city pop singer currently living in Tokyo. She has a smooth reggae style that probably was developed by listening to reggae and city pop living along the beach in Ehime. Natsu originated on July 2016 with the song “Summer · NATSU · Summer.” Since the summer of 2016, she has received many offers of performing. Discography: Natsu Summer “Tropical Christmas” 12-14-2016. Natsu Summerトロピカル・クリスマス 2016.12.14発売. “Summer Natsu Summer” 7-2016 ナツ・サマー 夏・NATSU・夏. I’m looking forward to more songs by Natsu Summer.

Extended songs and interview by Natsu Summer music by DJ Kawasaki’s program “Feel the Magic” from minute 13:35 to 31:35.

http://block.fm/ondemand/feel_the_magic/

http://www.natsusummer.com/

https://www.instagram.com/natsu_summer88/

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