Seminar 4-6 NOVEMBER 2020 IMCJ Digital Week

Monari Wakita

Monari Wakita

Label : VIVID SOUND
From 2012 to 2016, Monari Wakita was an ex-member of a legendary girls group called "Especia” whose concept was the Vaporwave.
She became a solo singer in 2016 and her City Pop styled songs have been highly appreciated among the fans not only in Japan but recently in foreign markets too.
3 albums “I am ONLY”, “AHEAD!” and “RIGHT HERE” were released so far and they were mainly produced by Toshiya Arai (COUNT JOKE).Additionally, very important figures for the Japan’s Pop scene such as Naoki Maezono(COUNT JOKE), Dorian, HITOMI TOI, Jun Sasaki, Microstar, IllicitTsuboi, Yukihiro Fukutomi and Gota Nishidera are supporting her productions.
Pops
Saori Sato

Saori Sato

Saori Sato was born in Hiroshima and moved to Tokyo where she spend her life as singer-songwriter with guitar.
Her CD sold more than 7,000 units by direct to guest sales and co-played with Mari Kaneko and other artists as a vocalist or as an MC.
Rock/Alternative
Oggy

Oggy

Label : Scaleout
Heal and vitalize your body and soul with the jazzy music during the stressful time around COVID-19. Oggy brings to you the experimental online event "Oggy Live Today" mainly with the guitar and vocal performance, everyday 22:30-23:00 JST. It's been held for over 190 times in a row, and still going on. Total acquired reaches: about 15,000.
JRoP (Jazzy Rock’n Pop)
Rima Kato

Rima Kato

Label : FLAU
Singer songwriter Rima Kato interprets hundred-year-old works by Victorian poet Christina Rossetti on latest album Sing-Song.
Filled with toy instrument daintiness and folk guitar bounce, what began as a retreat away from the world is a refreshing,
pastoral bridge through time and space, connecting listeners with the words of Rossetti herself.
Rock/Alternative
SUPER JUNKY MONKEY

SUPER JUNKY MONKEY

2009, 10 years after the death of main vocalist Mutsumi, 3 members began playing together on stage at LIQUIDROOM Tokyo.
They performed again at FUJI ROCK FEST.2010, at Tokyo events in 2015, and 2019.
Because the guitarist lives in US, they only get together once several years.
However, many Japanese girls bands are still influenced by them even now.
Rock/Alternative
Neighbors Complain

Neighbors Complain

Label : VIVID SOUND
Neighbors Complain is a R&B band formed in their home town Osaka in 2014.
Although all four members’ roots are black music, the x-factor to spellbind their fans came from the groove which was created by the unique combination of each individuals’ strong personalities.
Their name “Neighbors Complain” came from what they were, as loud and noisy street musicians during pre-debut days. There was no doubt in their minds that they were indeed the “Neighbors Complain”! Members: Oto(Vo. Key.) Gotti(G. Cho.) Kash(B. Cho.) Taka(Dr. Cho)
R'n'B/Hip Hop/Urban
GALAXIEDEAD

GALAXIEDEAD

GALAXIEDEAD is a solo project by a singer-song writer named DEAD. He is performing solo live concerts as well as accompanying his band, mainly in Tokyo.
He starded working on his music from 2014, and released his 1st mini album "Tender Spoge" in 2018.
In 2019, his first distributing mini album "Voice Comic Generation" was released from NOT SO BAD Records. Also he provied his piece of music for the animated movie "ONGAKU (OUR SOUND)" which had won a Grand Prize at Ottawa Animation Film Festival 2020. The latest single "Haruno Tsukihi (Spring Days)" has been released in this April.
Rock/Alternative
CHIBA Flower Girls

CHIBA Flower Girls

54 colors in your heart are called "CHIBA Flower Girls", a local idol in Chiba prefecture. Debuted in May 2020 with the theme of symbol flowers of 54 municipalities in Chiba prefecture, 5 members are in charge of flowers in each municipality. The theme of flower language and music is Japanese.
Idol
tico moon

tico moon

Label : 333discs
tico moon is a duo formed in 2001 by Yuka Yoshino (harpist) and Toshihiko Kageyama (guitarist).They have a reputation for their warm and transparent music and performance with a composition of harp and acoustic guitar, which cannot be heard often in other musical units. They have performed in cafes and galleries all over the country.
Instrumental
Mari Fukuhara

Mari Fukuhara

Mari Fukuhara creates her romantic music as if she were painting a landscape. She has been working as a solo artist and composed music for movies and TV commercials.
Solo albums released:’97(Octave), 07(Pieta), ‘14(Karakuri), ’15 mini cassette album (Pendulum)
In 2019 she released Shizuku and performed in Barcelona.
Instrumental
KAMUKAZE

KAMUKAZE

KAMUKAZE creates glorious, beautiful and fresh music world inspired by traditional folk tales which are handed down for generations, using vocal, piano, orchestra and Japanese traditional instruments.
Hard rock/Metal
Shinpei Ruike

Shinpei Ruike

Born in Aomori Prefecture in 1976. He picked up trumpet at age 10 and discovered Jazz when he first heard Miles Davis in high school.
Out of high school, he joined and played trumpet at Japanese Self-Defense Force Music Corps for 6 years. He debuted as a member of the band called “urb” from Sony Jazz label in 2004 and participated in Thai International Jazz Festival. His current band called “RS5pb” was formed in 2013 and became one of the most popular performers at OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival in Shenzhen, PRC in 2018, several hundred youngsters went wild over their performance.
He recently played trumpet for a movie called “Kids on the Slope” and participated on Gen Hoshino’s EP project.
Jazz/Blues/Latin
fox capture plan

fox capture plan

Label : disk union
Trio with a concept to create passionate and cool sounds in the field of contemporary jazz rock. They produce music for drama, commercial jingle, video game, among other genres. The trio is to release a new album "DISCOVER" in Novermber 2020, as well as heatured concert at Tokyo International Forum theater.
Jazz/Blues/Latin
jin kusano

jin kusano

jin kusano appears on a radio program "Jin-Jin Radio of Jin Kusano" every Friday evening starting from 19:00 at FM Isahaya, which program is rebroadcasted every Wednesday and Saturday.
He performs at various events and local festival in Nagasaki.
Country/Folk
SUGER FIERDS & JACKIE COMME

SUGER FIERDS & JACKIE COMME

The duo of SUGER FIERDS, known as one of the pioneers of home-recording, and a genious vocalist JACKIE COMME presents unique but easy to remember melodies with surreal lyrics in the field of the groovy electronic sounds.
Dance/Electronic
Unching Brothers Band

Unching Brothers Band

Unching Brothers Band is challenging a new type of Hawaiian punk music with ukulele.
Rock/Alternative
Noah

Noah

Label : FLAU
Noah grew up in Hokkaido, an idyllic snowy place and Japan’s northernmost island. The environment, as it would, had a deep impact on Noah—and it’s her surroundings that inform her music to this day. Her smoke-hazed voice weaves like a phantom through her music, always varied: a product of her environment and all the years leading up to its moment of creation. Whether it’s delicate childlike piano, an R&B feel with looping beats, or the lo-fi nostalgic of vaporwave, her tracks resound with energy and beauty. Thirty arrives after 2015’s Sivutie which won praise from the likes of Guardian’s Best New Band with Mura Masa, Little Simz, Tink.
Dance/Electronic
BO-PEEP

BO-PEEP

BO-PEEP has played many major music festivals around in the world, including Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, The Great Escape (Brighton) and In the City (Manchester) in the UK, and American festival SXSW (Austin).
In April 2018, we headlined the Sakura Festival in Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York City (USA).
The band successed in Europe tour 2019.
Rock/Alternative
krystalcube

krystalcube

Label : Scaleout
krystalcube is a Tokyo-based singer songwriter: writes music, lyrics (mostly in English) and performs a unique style of pop music blended with flavors of jazz, rock and healing music.
She endeavors to uplift listeners through her sultry voice and carefully crafted melodic rhythms to deliver a soothing experience and messages for a happier tomorrow.
Pops
DJ Synthesizer

DJ Synthesizer

DJ Synthesizer alias Yosuke Kakegawa is Tokyo based music producer and DJ, producing and playing music with hybrid manner of both electronic and live sounds inspired by unique eclecticism through a diversity of his musical backgrounds.
Lofi Hiphop/Ambient
Satoko

Satoko

Label : Nadya Music
In 2006, she started activities as a singer-songwriter.
In 2012, she released the album "Flower of Life" with Brazilian guitar master Joao Lyra as a guest.
In 2020, the song “Yasashii Jikan” won the Grand Prize at the "45th Anniversary Wataboushi Music Festival".
Pops
Rei Narita

Rei Narita

Being a composer, arranger and producer as well as an owner of labels, keyRei Jazz and stuio luna azuul.
He is recognized as an artist in the field of smooth jazz and has played for recording sessions with popular jazz artists in the U.S. and participated in a number of jazz festivals and events in the Asian countries.
Jazz/Blues/Latin
Hisatsugu Suzuki

Hisatsugu Suzuki

Born in Osaka in 1972. He began piano and composition lessons at age 4 and picked up saxophone at age 10.
He graduated from Osaka College of Music, majored in Saxophone.
He is actively performing not only with his own group but also being popular as a guest performer with other groups such as “Yuji Ohno & Lupintic Six” and many others.
He is also highly appreciated as a producer and a sound director in a variety of genres.
From 2019, he is serving as an Associate Professor at Osaka College of Music.
Jazz/Blues/Latin
Cuushe

Cuushe

Label : FLAU
Cuushe has always been known for her dreamy sounds. Hailing from Kyoto, Cuushe has been releasing music on FLAU since 2009. However it was Butterfly Case (2013) that catapulted Cuushe to fame and captured the attention of worldwide listeners and media outlets, earning rave reviews from the likes of The Fader, Dazed & Confused and Pitchfork. Her subsequent 2015 EP Night Lines garnered similar success, with EP track ‘We Can’t Stop’ being featured in U.S. TV series Search Party. Her new album WAKEN out Nov 20.
Rock/Alternative
takaomi matsuo

takaomi matsuo

Takaomi Matsuo, born in Nagasaki, is an active musician, who had a CD release while he was a studen at Chiba University. He founded own management company, Kokorozashi Music Factory, and release a CD "Kibou no Oto" for which Takashi Yanase offered the sleeve design for Matsuo. He was assigned as a Tourism Ambassador of Kochi Prefecture since 2009.
He performed 3,500 live shows and is recognized by media as an advocacy singer-songwriter.
Country/Folk
AKITA

AKITA

AKITA made his debut from King Records in 1986, produced by Michiro Endo, the vocalist of The Stahlin, a punk rock band.
He changed the name his band to IDLE GOSSIP and released "Afureru Mainichi" from Captain Record of Takarajima, followed by forming Bucchus with Hideaki Domon, a former guiterist of Bubble Gum Brothers.
He suspended his career form 1995 to engage in a web producing business and established PRM co. as president.
Rock/Alternative
CRYSTAL

CRYSTAL

Label : FLAU
Ascendant Japanese Synth Maestro. Tokyo based synth group CRYSTAL, their music was discovered by Justice and Surkin and was debuted on the french label Institubes, which led the French Electro movement together with Ed Banger. They have performed live with Boys Noize and Para One, collaborated with IKONIKA, Teki Latex among others. Influences like Jean-Michel Jarre, Talking Heads, Art Of Noise and Telex playfully collide in this twisted homage to old-school Electro and Techno Pop.
Dance/Electronic
Jun Miyakawa

Jun Miyakawa

Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1987. Began playing Electone and motivated by jazz, fusion or rock music since he was 5 years old.
He has 3 albums released so far, and the lates album entitled "The Way"joined by Takuya Kuroda as guest musician, was signed to Blue Note inthe US for the first time for Japanese artist.
Based on jazz music, he appeals a variety of music inspired by modern era.
He joined the popular anime song "Fly With Me", a theme song for Kokaku Kidoutai, among other musical activities. He was evaluated one of the most promissing jazz musicians.
Jazz/Blues/Latin
genri ooshima

genri ooshima

genri ooshima began his career as a musician in a small island called Kurimajima near the Miyakojima, Okinawa Prefecture where he performs his music.
Country/Folk
shinziro

shinziro

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Shinziro became a singer-songwriter inspired by Kiyoshiro Imawano.
In the name of "Uncle Kazunoko (herring roe)," his activities expand nationwide from food education to workshops, well as classes for guitar and ukulele to beginners to enjoy music.
Rock/Alternative
Hiroshi Sugano feat. Michiko Takada

Hiroshi Sugano feat. Michiko Takada

Hiroshi Kanno began playing saxophone during junior high school, inspired by Paul Desmond (this is why his nicknameis "Paul".). His unique and original sound is highly accepted at various scenes.

Michiko Takada graduated Tokyo Music College and awarded second place at the audition hosted by NHK. She had 3 albums released by Sony Music. Her music is recognized as an orthodox city-pop genre.
Jazz/Blues/Latin
kochihirayakane

kochihirayakane

Kochirayakune is a singer-songwriter who had the first release "Umui Uta" from Crown Records in 2004, in the name of the duo Kochi.
Kochihirayakane released a solo album "Teigo no Hana no Shita de" from Y’s Music Publishingl. He is to act as a main cast for a movie "Nankurunaisa - Theater Version" in 2021.
Pops
HIDEAKI DOMON

HIDEAKI DOMON

From 1986 to 1990, he joined R&B band “The Bubblegum Brothers” as a guitarist. Went to England in 2002. In 2003, he obtained the first Japanese London underground performance permit (basking license). For the next 10 years, he plays the guitar on the underground station almost every day and earns all his living expenses by busking.Currently, he is active in a wide variety of fields, including music production, event appearances, live guitar playing on business trips, and writing.
Instrumental
Artist
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