Artists

– EAST –

Haruomi Hosono

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

Born in Tokyo in 1947. A renowned Japanese musician. He started off in the psychedelic rock band The Apryl Fool in 1969 and formed folk rock group HAPPY END in 1970. Harutomi’s first solo recording was released in 1973. In the same year he also started working as a member of Tin Pan Alley. He was a founding member of the electronic music band the Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) in 1978. Also a renowned record producer and record label owner in Japanese pop music. Post-YMO, Haruomi continues releasing and producing world music, electronic ambient, and electronic music.

Rimi Natsukawa

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

Born on 9 October in Ishigaki city, Okinawa, Japan. An acclaimed Japanese Singer. Rimi debuted in 1999 with her single “Yuubae 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 of five consecutive years from 2002 - 2006 at the Kōhaku Uta Gassen (New Year's song competition). Since her debut till 2004, Rimi released a string of Okinawan folk song based music. One of these, "Warabigami" ( Little God ) won the 45th Japan Record Award in 2003 and in 2004 "Aiyo Aiyo" won the Best Vocalist award for the 46th Japan Record Award. 

By 2008, her popularity grew across Asia and performed on tour in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She performed on the tour in front of over 5000 people in Taiwan in

2016 and released Japanese edition of "The best of" album which was  #1 on the Taiwanese album charts. In 2017 she performed for the very first time in Singapore at the Best of Rimi Natsukawa Live in Singapore.

Another international credit of hers includes a duet "Somos Novis" (It’s impossible) in Spanish with Andrea Bocelli for his album  "Amore " produced by David Foster in 2006 and she is also featured as a guest vocalist to Sergio Mendes on his album "Rendez-Vous" in 2013. In 2018 she performed for the first time on the tour in Brazil and Peru in front of over 5000 people in three days.

Rimi released a new album titled "Churasa Kanasa " which commemorated the 20th anniversary of her debut in 28 August in 2019.  She will be performing on tour "Mī Fai Yū", which means "thank you" across Japan from September.

– WEST –

Ivan Lins

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

Ivan was born in Rio de Janeiro, on June 16th, 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, differentiated by their harmonies and its arrangement at the same time refined and popular. Not coincidentally, he is the most recorded Brazilian artist living abroad.

One of the characteristics that would make Ivan Lins became so respected among musicians worldwide is the differentiated harmonic construction in his songs that turn to so many successes.

His work has been renewed through the years, always bringing new musical values and ideals aggregates, without ever losing his originality.

The song "Dinorah, Dinorah" also won, in 1981, a Grammy for best jazz instrumental arrangement with the recording of George Benson. 

Even with so much time devoted to compose compulsively and the trips around Brazil and the world, Ivan 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

By the time Edgar Winger 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. Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium-music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar’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. His early recording of “Tobacco Road” is a powerful, emotionally devasting masterpiece that propelled him into the national spotlight. Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, a group originally comprised of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash enjoyed huge success, both with the 1971 release of the studio album, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, and with 1972’s follow-up live gold album, Roadwork.

In late 1972 Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar 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. Edgar 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. Frankenstein revolutionized rock and roll and opened up a whole new world of possibilities with experimentation and sound.

After They Only Come Out At Night, Edgar released Shock Treatment, featuring guitarist Rick Derringer in place of Ronnie Montrose. Later albums included Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Group with Rock Derringer, a live album, Together Live With Jonny Winter, Recycled, a reunion with White Trash, Standing on Rock, Mission Earth, Live In Japan, Not A Kid Anymore, The Real Deal, and Winter Blues.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar’s music to advertise their products. Edgar has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music, and to give his opinions on everything from Politically Incorrect to a commercial with George Hamilton for Miller Lite Beer. He has appeared in the film “Netherworld”, and the TV shows “The Cape”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Dave Letterman”, and “Jimmy Kimmel”.


Edgar’s music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son In Law, What’s Love Got to do With It, Wayne’s World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys,, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac Resurrection. Edgar’s hauntingly beautiful song. Dying to Live, is featured as “Runnin” (Dying To Live) in the film “Tupac Resurrection”, the biography on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur. Produced by Eminem, the song uses the vocal talents of the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and Edgar Winter himself. “Runnin” is on numerous Billboard charts. It peaked at number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart, and the soundtrack CD was number 1 for 8 consecutive weeks.

– EAST MEETS WEST SUPER BAND –

Will Lee [ elb ]

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

Will Lee was born into a musical family Texas in 1952, and is now a renowned American bassist/musician. He enjoyed playing for a band as a teenager, and majored on French Horn and Bass at University of Miami.

Lee’s career soared after graduation, when he was invited to Randy Brecker’s audition. Since then, he has performed together with outstanding jazz and pop recording artists such as Frank Sinatra, David Sanborn, Steely Dan.

Will Lee became famous in Japan as a part of “The 24th Street Band” in the early 1980s, and has collaborated with leading artists such as Sadao Watanabe, Akiko Yano and SMAP. His solo CD entitled “OH!” reached #1 on the “Jazz Beyond” chart in Japan.

Will Lee is ready to captivate people as the music director in the <EAST MEETS WEST>.

Steve Gadd [ drs ]

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

Steve Gadd 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. He also has been equally passionate about producing some personal projects on which he also plays drums: The Gaddabouts (w/Edie Brickell, Andy Fairweather Low, & Pino Palladino), Mikarimba (w/Mika Stoltzman & Eddie Gomez), Steve Gadd & Friends, L’Image (w/Tony Levin, Mike Mainieri, Dave Spinozza, & Warren Bernhardt), Pedro Martinez Group and his own Steve Gadd Band. The latest Steve Gadd Band’s eponymously titled album garnered a Grammy Award in 2019.

Jeff Young [ key ]

Jeff Young is a noted singer/songwriter, and keyboardist in Los
Angeles, California. With a rich musical history, Jeff brings his
expertise and experience to the worldʼs most celebrated recording
artists. Having performed in a variety of musical settings throughout
his career, from studio recordings to touring with headlining artists.
Some of the artists he has performed with are: Steely Dan, Jackson
Browne, Sting, Tracy Chapman, Donald Fagen, Alanis Morrissette,
Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Marius Muller Westernhagen, Will
Lee, and Jimmy Vivino.

Aaron Heick [ sax ]

Schedule

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

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Aaron is a freelance musician currently living in New York City. Primarily a saxophonist but also specializing in many other woodwind instruments, Aaron 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. 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, Aaron 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 ]

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

Through her classic songwriting and extraordinary voice, Dannielle De Andrea, s making her presence felt on the international music scene. 

An emotional and powerful live performer, Dannielle 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. 

‘One of Australia’s best singers. Ever.’ Randy Jackson (producer, former American Idol judge) 

2017 and 2018 saw Dannielle perform across Germany, Spain and Latvia as opening act for her friend and collaborator Grammy and Emmy nominee Gaby Moreno. 

Dannielle’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 Call won the jazz/blues category of the UK Songwriting Contest and was a finalist in this years John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Jazz Genre. 

An elite vocalist, Dannielle 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. 

Dannielle 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. 

Dannielle's voice and arrangements also make up one third of the acclaimed three-part harmony group The Songbirds (with Gaby 

Moreno and Erica Canales) who have toured the US and Australia and performed with Meghan Trainor, Australian legend Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna) and The Simpsons’ Harry Shearer. 

Dannielle has also collaborated with French composer Christophe Jacquelin on the beautiful French project Leaving The Ozone (featured in the IMAX movie Dolphins and Whales).

Olivia Burrell [ singer ]

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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 ]

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

Youichi murata is a trombonist, a composer, a music arranger and a producer all at the same time. He was born in Shizuoka City Shizuoka Prefecture on July 25th 1963. He released his first solo album in 1991.

Artists around the world including David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Fred Wesley, Tower of Power and Marcus Miller had joined his albums later on as his guests. Murata co-wrote an album with Ivan Lins in 2010. The multitalented performer has joined performances outside Japan such as Montreux Jazz Festival and Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival.

Murata is currently the concertmaster of Sadao Watanabe Big Band and is also in charge of arranging musics 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 and MIWA. 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 arranging 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 ]

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

Born in 1963, the artist comes from Aomori prefecture.

Current he leads the Eric Miyashiro Big Band and the band Solid Brass as the lead trumpeter.

He is also active in recording with many artists and recording in TV, CM, movie soundtracks and musicals such as “Okepi”, “Big” and “Class Act” (the Broadway musical).

Takashi Yofu [ g ]

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

Takashi Yofu was born on July 30th in Chiba Japan in 1969. In 1988 he began studying guitar techniques and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in New York USA. After studying abroad, Yofu returned and started working as a professional musical instrument tester for a manufacturer in Japan. Later, he also 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 across the USA, Canada, as well as South Africa.

Yofu has also toured with Japanese singer Kumi Kouda, mihimaruGT, Masayuki Suzuki, Masaki Ueda and Ayaka Hirahara, He also provided background accompaniment for all their albums. He plays a diverse range of music such as J-POP (Japanese popular music), Jazz and fusion. 

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

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

Keisuke Torigoe [ b ]

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

Keisuke Torigoe is a composer, music arranger and double bass player who was born in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture. 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 came to Tokyo in 1997 after he quit work in 1996.

Torigoe joined various sessions and recordings in and out of Japan, and has the talent to perform diversified music including jazz, Japanese music, pop music, tango and Brazilian music.

Midorin (SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS) [ drs ]

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

Midorin was born in 1978 and grew up in Fukushima. She plays drums at SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS, a five-piece jazz band that participated twice in Glastonbury festival, which is one of the world’s biggest festival in U.K. Midorin also performs in J.A.M, piano trio consisting of pianist, bassist, and drummer from the  SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS. The trio released their second album called “Just Another Mind” in 2010 and, at the same time, won “Best Jazz Artist Award” at Billboard Japan Music Award 2010.

Midorin also had participated in numerous concerts and recordings of various well-known artists, such as Superfly, Norah Jones, and Ringo Shiina.

Ai Kuwabara [ key ]

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

Ai Kuwabara was born on September 21st 1991. Recognised as a  child prodigy she graduated from the Music Department at Senzoku Gakuen High School in Japan as a jazz piano major. Kuwabara is one of the most anticipated up-and-coming Japanese jazz pianists. She has released a staggering nine albums and won numerous awards such as the “Best Album of the Year Award” at the Jazz Japan Awards in 2013, the 26th “Music Pen Club Award” as well as the “Best Album of the Japan Times half of the Year Award”. Kuwabara has also toured internationally and nationally, these include the Montreux Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz and American West Coast Tour.

She has also written various soundtracks and opening theme music for a variety of programs and shows such as TV Asahi Corporation’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 Bassist Will Lee and drummer Steve Gadd. She has also recently released an official cover album of “My First Disney Jazz” from Walt Disney Records in August this year in 2019.

MARU [ singer ]

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

– 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.