Artists

– EAST –

Haruomi Hosono

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Tokyo in 1947. A renowned Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is recognized as one of the most influential musicians in Japanese pop music history. Hosono began his music career with the psychedelic rock band “The Apryl Fool” in 1969 and formed folk rock group “HAPPY END” in 1970.  His first solo album, “Hosono House”, was released in 1973. In the same year, he also started working as a member of “Tin Pan Alley”.

He was the founding member of the internationally recognized legendary electronic music band “Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO)” which he started to form in 1977 and made an official debut in the following year.  Hosono was one of the first musicians to be a video game sounds and music creator. YMO included some video game music in their first self-titled album. From this album, the song “Computer Game” reached the UK Top 20 and sold more than 400,000 copies in the U.S, which brought them broader world recognition. They were considered the pioneers in their use of synthesizers, sequencers and digital recording technology and effectively anticipated the “electropop boom” of the 1980s.

Post-YMO, Hosono continues releasing and producing world music, electronic ambient, and electronic music.

Rimi Natsukawa

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00

Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1973. An acclaimed Japanese singer. Natsukawa debuted in 1999 with her single “Yubae ni Yurete (Swaying in the Sunset)”.

In 2001, her third single, "Nada Sōsō" became a hit and charted in the Oricon Japanese music top 100 singles charts for 116 consecutive weeks. In 2002, she performed for the first time at the Kōhaku Uta Gassen, a well-known New Year's song competition TV program in Japan, which selects the most popular music artists of the year to perform. Natsukawa performed at Kōhaku Uta Gassen for five consecutive years. Natsukawa’s other Okinawan folk song-based music, "Warabigami" (Little God) won the 45th Japan Record Award in 2003.  In 2004, she won the Best Vocalist award for the 46th Japan Record Award with "Aiyo Aiyo". Natsukawa’s recognition continues to grow outside of Japan and she’s been performing in other counties, such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Brazil and Peru.

In 2006, She collaborated with Andrea Bocelli for a duet “Somos Novis (It’s impossible)” which was recoded in Andrea’s album “Amore”, produced by David Foster.  Natsukawa was also featured as a guest artist on Sergio Mendes’s album "Rendez-Vous" in 2013.  To celebrate her 20th’s anniversary, she released a new album “Churasa Kanasa” last year and planning to have a national tour “Mī Fai Yū (Thank you)" from next September.

– WEST –

Ivan Lins

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1945. He is a complete musician and great songwriter, known for many Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards he received by numerous recordings of his work worldwide. Not coincidentally, he is the most recorded Brazilian artist living abroad.  Lins’s work has been renewed through the years, always bringing new musical values and ideals aggregates, without ever losing his originality.

The song "Dinorah, Dinorah" won, a Grammy for best jazz instrumental arrangement with the recording of George Benson in 1981. Even with so much time devoted to compose compulsively and the trips around Brazil and the world, Lins is an active part of the GAP, a group pro-music which operates with intensity in the struggle for improving the system of collection and distribution of copyright, by improving the conditions for the exercise of the profession of musician and other issues relating to culture and music education in Brazil, using the stage to perform not only their musicianship, but also their citizenship.

Edgar Winter

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29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Texas. By the time Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960’s, he was already technically proficient in every aspect of music. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on.

Winter has found an audience in every major entertainment medium-music, film and television. A prolific writer, Winter’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, “Entrance”, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. “Entrance” was followed by two hit albums backed by his group “White Trash”. They enjoyed huge success, both with the 1971 release of the studio album, “Winter Winter’s White Trash”, and with 1972’s follow-up live gold album, “Roadwork”.

In late 1972, Winter brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form “The Winter Winter Group,” the legendary band that created such hits as the number one “Frankenstein” and the ever-popular “Free Ride”. Released in 1973, :They Only Come Out at Night” peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April, 1973 and double platinum in November, 1986. Winter invented the keyboard body strap early in his career, and innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances. He was also the first artist to feature a synthesizer as the main instrument in a song.

– EAST MEETS WEST SUPER BAND –

Will Lee [ elb ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Irondequoit, New York. He is one of the most sought-after studio musicians in the world. Regarded as one of the most influential drummers in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways", Steely Dan's "Aja", and Chick Corea's "Nite Sprite" were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts.

Gadd attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, and then went on to finish at Eastman School of Music. Prior to that, he studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street and John Beck. He established himself with the great Chuck Mangione, and then spent three years in the Army prior to coming to New York City for studio work in 1971. Gadd rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene. His resume includes a variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Frank Sinatra, and Stuff. After a period of touring and recording with his own band, the Gadd Gang, he provided the spark that ignited Paul Simon's South African inspired, Grammy Award-winning recordings and dynamic live touring band.

Today, Gadd is as busy as ever, balancing frequent recording dates with a hectic touring schedule that includes high profile artists such as Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Kate Bush, and Paul Simon. The latest Steve Gadd Band’s eponymously titled album garnered a Grammy Award in 2019.

Steve Gadd [ drs ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Irondequoit, New York. He is one of the most sought-after studio musicians in the world. Regarded as one of the most influential drummers in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways", Steely Dan's "Aja", and Chick Corea's "Nite Sprite" were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts.

Gadd attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, and then went on to finish at Eastman School of Music. Prior to that, he studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street and John Beck. He established himself with the great Chuck Mangione, and then spent three years in the Army prior to coming to New York City for studio work in 1971. Gadd rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene. His resume includes a variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Frank Sinatra, and Stuff. After a period of touring and recording with his own band, the Gadd Gang, he provided the spark that ignited Paul Simon's South African inspired, Grammy Award-winning recordings and dynamic live touring band.

Today, Gadd is as busy as ever, balancing frequent recording dates with a hectic touring schedule that includes high profile artists such as Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Kate Bush, and Paul Simon. The latest Steve Gadd Band’s eponymously titled album garnered a Grammy Award in 2019.

Jeff Young [ key ]

Born in Mount Vernon, New York. He is a noted singer/songwriter, and keyboardist in Los Angeles, California. Young has a rich musical history and earned a BFA in music at Ithaca College in 1978. He brings his expertise and experience to the world’s most celebrated recording artists. Having performed in a variety of musical settings throughout his career, he has recorded and performed with: Jackson Browne, Steely Dan & Donald Fagen, Sting, Tracy Chapman, Keb Mo, Bo Diddley, Alan Holdsworth, Alanis Morrissette, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Shawn Colvin, Curtis Stigers, Gary Clark Jr., Warren Haynes, Sheryl Crow, Doyle Bramhall II, Kat Edmonson, Vonda Shepherd , TM Stevens, Catherine Russell, Will Lee, Steve Jordan, Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians. 

Young’s diversity, professionalism and musical flexibility enable him to bring his unique style to many musical situations. As an artist he has recorded many albums and just released his sixth album, “Poet and Point Guards”. Young plays piano and sings in a setting he calls More Song Than Dance. It’s an autobiographical journey of original songs, and stories that review certain stops along the way of a 40-year career. 

Aaron Heick [ sax ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Seattle, Washington, currently living in New York City. Primarily a saxophonist but also specializing in many other woodwind instruments. Heick has made a career of traveling through a diverse range of musical territory. He regularly backs up artists from the worlds of Popular Music, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Brazilian, Latin, African, and Classical music. He has worked with Chaka Khan, with whom he recorded and toured through most of the 1990s, Richard Bona, Barbra Streisand, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Sir Elton John, Carly Simon, Donald Fagen, James Taylor, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Suzanne Vega, Vonda Shepard, Cyndi Lauper, Audra McDonald, Phillip Glass, Vanessa Williams, Boz Skaggs, Christopher Cross, Ben E. King, Bobby Caldwell, Steps Ahead, The Manhattan Transfer, Ray Baretto, Willie Colon, The Caribbean Jazz Project, and Panic! At The Disco.

An active member of the New York studio scene, he is also heard on many movie and television sound tracks. In the spring of 2012, Heick was asked to become a permanent member of The CBS Orchestra, the house band for “The Late Show with David Letterman”, an honor he was proud to hold until the show ended in the spring of 2015.


Dannielle De Andrea [ singer ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Australia, currently resides in Southern California. An emotional and powerful live performer, De Andrea has headlined solo shows in the UK, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Singapore and Australia. Her 2018 live recordings with The Scary Pockets have amassed over 4million views on YouTube and social media. Randy Jackson, former American Idol judge, describes her as “One of Australia’s best singers ever”. In 2017 and 2018, she performed the opening account for the Grammy and Emmy nominee Gaby Moreno.

De Andrea’s recent album “The Call” and new EP “My New Record” were both recorded in Hollywood, USA with an all-star cast including Larry Goldings (John Mayer) and Jeff Young (Jackson Browne). The song “High Dreams” from “The Cal”l won the jazz/blues category of the UK Songwriting Contest and was a finalist in this year’s John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Jazz Genre. An elite vocalist, De Andrea has toured, recorded and/or duetted with the likes of Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Sting, Ariana Grande, Wiz Khalifa, Meghan Trainor, Dweezil Zappa and Australian icon John Farnham.  De Andrea was the first Australian artist to break into the UK soul chart, with the release of three hit singles “Do It For Love”, “Stuck In the Middle” and “Secret Love”. With remixes by the likes of Joey Negro and Roger Sanchez. “Secret Love” also had a second life as the global Danny J Lewis smash hit “Wanna Spend The Night”. 

Olivia Burrell [ singer ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

​Olivia Burrell is a Jamaican Canadian who was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario under the watchful eyes of her former reggae singer father and devout Christian mother. It was through them that her love for music began to blossom.  That love of music continued to flourish as Olivia began to sing in different school choirs in a variety of genres, from jazz, to classical chorale music to Broadway musical hits.

​ Today she has built a career within the Japanese music and entertainment industry, displaying her versatility and malleability through the numerous artists and clients that she has worked for. From backing vocalist to soloist, songwriter to lyricist, narrator to educator,  Olivia has solidified herself as a as a reliable jack of all trades. 

​ In 2016 she performed the opening theme song for NHK's popular television drama "Sayonara Watashi" Her ethereal vocal performance on the theme song entitled  "Love Is..." struck a chord with many NHK viewers all around the world.  Olivia also co-wrote the official theme song for the show for Japanese pop star Ken Hirai.

The following year, Olivia was asked once again by NHK to lend her voice to one of their regular and most popular shows "Eigo De Asobo - Let's Play In English", powerfully performing the song of the month in September 2017 and once again in October 2018.

2019 brought Olivia back on the road as vocal section leader for JUJU, this time on her 15th anniversary 45 date Japan cross country tour. She continued to expand her television appearances, by not only recording all of the vocals for the popular convenience store MINI STOP’s latest ad campaign, but by also making a special appearance as the leader of the “Can’t Stop Sisters”; a 60’s style fictional vocal group created for MINI STOP’s current commercial campaign.

Youichi Murata [ tb ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Shizuoka in 1963. Murata is a trombonist, a composer, a music arranger and a producer all at the same time. His first solo album was released in 1991. Artists around the world including David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Fred Wesley, Tower of Power and Marcus Miller joined his albums later. Yoichi co-wrote an album with Ivan Lins in 2010. The multitalented performer has joined performances outside of Japan such as Montreux Jazz Festival and Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival.

Murata is currently the concertmaster of Sadao Watanabe Big Band, also in charge of arranging music for the band. As a music arranger, Murata arranged multitudinous pop songs for singers like Ringo Sheena, Ken Hirai, Yuzu, JUJU, Noriyuki Makihara, Tomoyasu Hotei, SMAP, MIWA and many more. He’s also made many brass band arrangements including the ones for Evangelion, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Central Band, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the 2014 Band Restoration.

Murata arranged and performed at the Olympic flag handover ceremony in the 2016 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. He’s worked more for the 2020 Tokyo Games including the song he made for the projection mapping that took place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2017 and arranged the “Tokyo Olympic Ondo 2020”. In the same here the proficient musician released his 21st solo work “LIVE” and simultaneously published musical scores for the ten works included in the same album.

Koji Nishimura [ tp ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Aomori in 1963. He started performing trumpet when he was 13 years old. Since then he worked with numerous singers, such as Keisuke Kuwata and with his group Southen All Stars, Misia, Miki Imai, Yosui Inoue, Tomoyasu Hotei, Akiko Wada, SMAP, Yuzu, Puffy, Hiro Tsunoda, and many more. Nishimura also worked with several TV programs, commercials, movie soundtracks and musicals, such as “Okepi”, “Big”, “Class Act”, etc. Currently, he leads the Eric Miyashiro Big Band, also a lead trumpeter of the band, Solid Brass.

Takashi Yofu [ g ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Chiba in 1969. In 1988, he began studying guitar techniques and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in New York. After studying abroad, Yofu returned to Japan and worked as a professional musical instrument tester for a manufacturer. Later, he released an album with his jazz fusion band.

Since 2009, he has constantly been touring both nationally and internationally with jazz saxophonist Sadao Watanabe and has also performed in numerous jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa.

Yofu places a diverse range of music genre, from jazz, fusion to J-pop. He toured with artists, Masayuki Suzuki, Masaki Ueda, Kumi Kouda, Ayaka Hirahara, mihimaruGT, and more.

In 2005, he released his first solo album “Feelin‘ Right”. He is also an incredibly successful author of several guitar playing method books. Yofu is currently a highly recognized guitar instructor at the prestigious music school; Mesar Haus in Tokyo.

His surname “Yofu” is quite an uncommon name in Japanese culture, it originated in the Fukuoka prefecture.

Keisuke Torigoe [ b ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Okayama. He is a composer, music arranger and double bass player. He started playing the contrabass when he entered a brass band in high school. He continued performing in bands after he graduated high school. He followed his dream and move to Tokyo in 1997 after leaving his day time job in Okayama.

Torigoe joined various sessions and recordings not only in Japan but aboard as well. His talent is widely recognized in diversified music genre including jazz, J-pop, tango, and Brazilian music.

The musicians he worked with includes Sheena Ringo, Taro Hakase, Masayoshi Yamazaki, Tetsuro Oda, Ayaka Hirahara, Juju, Gontiti, and many more. He also often performs with Ai Kuwabara.

Midorin (SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS) [ drs ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Fukushima, in 1978. He is the drummer from “SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS”, a five-piece instrument band. They performed at the Glastonbury Festival in UK in 2007 and went back again in 2015. They were the first Japanese musicians to perform at the Jazz World Stage, the largest stage of the festival. In the recent years, the group worked outside of live performances, and release songs for events and tv programs.

Midorin also has a trio “J.A.M”, with “SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS” members. “J.A.M”’s second album, “Just Another Mind” which was released in 2010 won “Best Jazz Artist Award” from Billboard Japan Music Award. Midorin also participated in numerous concerts and recordings of various well-known artists, such as Superfly, Norah Jones, Ringo Sheena, Bonnie Pink, Tomoyo Harada, and many more.

Ai Kuwabara [ key ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Chiba in 1991. She graduated from the Senzoku Gakuen High School in Japan as a jazz piano major. Kuwabara’s first album was released in 2012, and since then she released 9 albums. She is recognized as one of the most anticipated up-and-coming Japanese jazz pianists. She won numerous awards, such as the “Best Album of the Year” at the Jazz Japan Awards in 2013, the 26th “Music Pen Club Award” an “Best Album of the Japan Times half of the Year Award”. Kuwabara made appearances at the “Montreux Jazz Festival” and “Tokyo Jazz”, also toured not only in Japan but also in the US west coast.

She has written various soundtracks and opening theme music for a variety of TV programs and shows such as TV Asahi’s News program “Saturday Station”, J-Wave Radio program “Step One”, Japanese animation series “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt”, and “Splatoon 2” by Nintendo for the very recent Nintendo Switch.

In 2018, her first original album after signing with Universal Music, “To The End Of This World” won the best CD shop award. Kuwabara then released two leader albums with Will Lee and Steve Gadd. She has also recently released an official cover album of “My First Disney Jazz” from Walt Disney Records in last August.

MARU [ singer ]

Schedule

28[Sat] 17:30/ 29[Sun] 13:00/ 29[Sun] 18:00

Born in Kobe, Hyogo. Starting playing the piano at the age of 4 and staying in the US from 17.Her brilliant singing performance based on black music received high reputation and  won popularity.

In December 2010, She released “Eternal Story” as he solo unit ”Fire Lily” and got a major break from Tokuma Japan.She changed her name into original one ”MARU” in 2014 and has released 3 albums, 1 mini-album and one single.

She produced all the thing in “Love and Love” in 2015, wrote both song and lyrics and arranged .In 2016, she released “Can’t Handle It”  produced by Kuriya Makoto and this is her first jazz album.In 2019, her first Christmas EP  “Our Christmas Songs”

She appeared as chorus at the concert of Japanese top artists like Kaoru Kurosawa, Superfly and more.She joined the world tour of a British band “The Brand New Heavies”, a band pioneered Jazz Movement as a chorus.She is performing in Shang-Hai and Kazakhstan with ROOT SOUL and Okino Syuya. She is working not only domestically but internationally.She acted as Mrs, Jefferson in the Broadway musical “RENT” and be in charged of soloist  in one of the main songs “Seasons of love”She is tackling with wide range of works from singing opening song of an anime” Princess Principal” to the image song of Kagoshima-city.

– ART WORK –

Masashi Ozawa

Masashi Ozawa is a Japanese renowned painter. He was born in 1980 and learned science of designing in Musashino University. His main subjects of drawing are musicians, women, and plants. She constructs these uniquely on her drawings. A lot of her works are adopted with  clothing brand and restaurants.

Yume Sato

Yume Sato was born in 1993, she is a Japanese graphic designer who graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School(KDS) in Japan. She is known as a specialist when it comes to designing album covers, merchandise, event marketing brochures and pamphlets, book covers, logos and band branding.