Esplanade Presents | Super Japan – Japanese Festival of Arts

Music

Tokyo Jazz in Singapore

by Tokyo Jazz Festival

14 & 15 May 2016 Sat & Sun
Sat:
7.30pm: fox capture plan
8.30pm: ADAM at
9.30pm: PRIMITIVE ART ORCHESTRA

Sun:
7.30pm: PRIMITIVE ART ORCHESTRA
8.30pm: fox capture plan
9.30pm: Schroeder-Headz
45mins per session
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Japan’s largest jazz festival Tokyo Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Over two days, it presents the new generation of Japanese jazz stars.

ADAM at

What started out as a session band at a live house in Hamamatsu in 2011 became a full-time pursuit for Japanese band ADAM at when they began receiving offers from live houses all over Japan. Their first LP Silent Hill was released in January 2014 and was sold out in two weeks. Their debut album, Clock Tower was released in January 2015 and was the Top Jazz Album on the iTunes and Tower Records Jazz charts.

Keyboardist Daigo Tamada from ADAM at will be playing at Silent Anime meets Piano at 7.15pm.

fox capture plan

This is jazz with an agenda. On the surface, fox capture plan are the atypical jazz trio—piano, upright bass, and drums—but big piano chords and pop melodic hooks give these guys a groove that conquer classics from Björk, Oasis, and Massive Attack, as well as in offering up brilliant original material. The passionate and cool piano trio performs modern jazz rock. Their first full-length album, Trinity, won Album of the Year at the 2013 JAZZ JAPAN Awards. Last year, they repeated their success, winning the same award for their album trilogy Underground, Covermind, and Butterfly. They performed at Australia’s Brisbane Festival 2015 and have contributed their music to television dramas, commercials, and the Tokyo Motor Show for Toyota Prius. This year, they celebrate their fifth anniversary with a China tour.

Look out for pianist Ryo Kishimoto as he gives a 30min performance in Silent Anime Meets Piano on 14 May at 9.15pm.

PRIMITIVE ART ORCHESTRA

In 2011, keyboardist Iori Kimura from bohemianvoodoo, drummer Takao Ito from TRI4TH/THE MAN, and up-and-coming young bassist Kohei Morita came together to form PRIMITIVE ART ORCHESTRA. Their first album Helix was released in the year 2014, and won Album of the Year in the New Star category of the JAZZ JAPAN Awards 2014. Last year, they performed in the 14th edition of Japan’s biggest Jazz festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and released their second album Qualia soon after.

Check out pianist Kimura Iori’s set in Silent Anime Meets Piano on 14 May at 8.15pm.

Schroeder-Headz

Led by Shunsuke Watanabe, Schroeder-Headz is a post-jazz trio performing on the piano, bass, and drums. Blending acoustics with electronic programming, the group uses beautiful melodies and organic grooves to create their impression of the future of the piano trio. It takes its name from toy piano player Schroeder from the famous Peanuts comic strip, and peeks into the mind of a boy influenced by classical, jazz, dance, and electronic music. The name also expresses the respect the group has for the Vince Guaraldi Trio, composer of the iconic music from the Peanuts cartoons.

The group released its debut album, Newdays in 2010, followed by an EP of covers, Piano à la Carte Featuring Schroeder-Headz, in 2011, which features Peanuts character Schroeder in the album artwork as well as a cover of electronic artist De De Mouse’s hit Baby’s Star Jam. The group garnered praise for its unique take on the song, which fused electronic music with live performance, and utilised De De Mouse’s original vocal track.

Schroeder-Headz has performed at a number of festivals across Japan and has also teamed up with singer Asako Toki to form Asako Toki Meets Schroeder-Heads. In December 2013, the group released an EP of remixes, Sleepin’ Bird.

Things To Note

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