Song for Arjun by Jazz & Shamisen Quartet

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Song for Arjun by Jazz & Shamisen Quartet
Composed by Alan Shutaro Maguire
Nov 16, 2018, Odate Cultural Center, Akita, Japan
Jazz & Shamisen Quartet: Carl Seitaro Maguire (ds), Alan Shutaro Maguire (b), Yuki Sato (shamisen), Akira Sato (shamisen)
日米を音楽でつなぐ虹の花束コンサートJazz & 三味線
ジャズ&三味線カルテット: Carl征太郎 Maguire (ds) Alan秀太郎 Maguire (b), 佐藤悠紀(三味線)佐藤知(三味線)
主催:ジェイエイ大館•北秋田葬祭センター  2018年11月16日、於:大館市民文化会館
ビデオ映像提供: 寺田俊輔  舞台プロデュース: 中島祥崇
協力:成田芙美子、藤原友香、河田みほ子、森川孝子、松田淳子、鈴木幸子、藤原舞生、藤原好生 

Jazz & Shamisen Quart = East Meets West

Fresh and Modern, Traditionally Full of Passion!
Jazz & Shamisen Quartet is made of two brothers who play completely different genres of music. The Maguire Twins (USA) and Sato Brothers (Japan) play their own traditional music of America (jazz) and Japan (Tsugaru shamisen), and yet it sounds fresh and modern when they play together. Their music takes you to many places, beyond borders and eras.

While the shamisen score is written vertical in Japanese music style, jazz has a Western style music score. Thus, the musicians cannot read each other’s score. What one can do to prepare is only to listen to each other’s sound. However, they have something in common, both jazz and Tsugaru shamisen are improvisational music and they have the freedom to create one-and-only music on the spot.
When you see them play, you know music truly is a universal language.
http://www.themaguiretwins.com/jazz–…

The Maguire Twins (ザ•マグワイア•ツインズ)
The Maguire Twins, Carl Seitaro Maguire & Alan Shutaro Maguire, were born in Tokyo on March 19, 1996. They grew up in Hong Kong going to a British international school. At age 15, they moved to Memphis, TN. There they joined the world renown Stax Music Academy, found jazz and met Kirk Whalum, a Grammy winning saxophonist. That was also where they met Donald Brown, who later became their teacher, mentor and producer. At age 18, they recorded their first album, ‘The Sound of Music’ with Brown as a producer and Whalum as a guest artist.
Their passionate playing style has been capturing the attention of many listeners of music, not only jazz listeners but also those who have no prior knowledge of jazz music.
Their performances in Japan and Hong Kong in the winter of 2013-2014 were unexpectedly popular and caught the attention of many local media outlets. Ever since, they frequently perform around various parts of the USA, Japan and Hong Kong.
In 2018, they released their second album, ‘Seeking Higher Ground’ with world class artists, Aaron Goldberg(p), Bill Mobley(tp), and Gregory Tardy(ts). Again produced by Brown. In June 2018, the album debuted on the US Jazz Week Chart. It reached #32 and stayed on the chart for 5 consecutive weeks. In Nov. 2018, they had a successful Japan tour. Jazz & Shamisen concert with Sato Brothers had 1,000 audience.
The Maguire Twins Website: http://www.themaguiretwins.com/
Website: http://www.themaguiretwins.com/

Sato Brothers, Yuki Sato and Akira Sato are Tsugaru Shamisen duo based in Niigata, Japan. Born into a musical family, they grew up listening to Japanese traditional music. Their mother is a professional minyo (Japanese folk song) singer and their father plays taiko (Japanese drum) and shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute).
Akira became a disciple of Rinshoji Kida, a famous shamisen master at age 15. In 2014, Akira won 4th place in All Japan Shamisen Competition. In 2015, he won 3rd place in World Shamisen Competition. In 2016, he was selected to perform at ‘Art Mix Japan’, a Japanese Cultural Festival in Mexico City, Mexico.
Meanwhile, Yuki has studied guitar at a music conservatory in Tokyo and toured as a guitarist of a rock band throughout Japan. Later he also became a shamisen player. The Sato Brothers have been active as a duo to perform various places in Japan since 2008.
In Nov. 2018, Jazz & Shamisen concert with The Maguire Twins had 1,000 audience.

世界をつなぐ感動を届ける

フレッシュでモダン、伝統的に熱い!
ジャズ&三味線カルテットは、全く違うジャンルの音楽を演奏する2兄弟がメンバーです。
アメリカ在住のザ•マグワイア•ツインズがアメリカの伝統音楽のジャズを演奏し、日本在住の佐藤兄弟は日本の伝統音楽、津軽三味線を演奏します。しかし、彼らが一緒に演奏する時、その音楽は、たちまちフレッシュでモダンな音楽に生まれ変わり、観客を時空を超えた旅にいざないます。

三味線の楽譜が邦楽式の縦書きであるのに対し、ジャズは西洋式の楽譜という違いがあるため、実はお互いの楽譜は読めません。そのため、前もって出来ることは、お互いの音源を聞く程度です。それでも演奏を聞いて違和感が無いのは、津軽三味線もジャズも、もともと自由な発想による即興音楽という共通点があるからです。他のジャンルの音楽ではなかなか出来ない即興という「変則技」で、瞬間的に自由に世界で一つだけの音楽を創り上げることができるのです。

この音楽に出会う時、音楽が世界共通の言語であることを感じていただけることでしょう。
http://www.themaguiretwins.com/jazz–…



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