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24. 7. 2019

Mango no Ki no Shita de (Under the Mango Tree)
The story of two friends during and after the Pacific War – NHK special drama with music by Shimizu broadcasts from 8 August
In 1944 Rinko and Aya, employed in the Philippines, where the mangos grow, escape the onslaught of the Allied Forces, in one of the most gruesome battles of the Pacific War. Shimizu's music fuses the space-time and friendship - the joys and the sadness – shared by these two women, whose lives remain intertwined throughout wartime and long beyond. Performed on piano, the theme song delicately expresses, like a gentle wave, the preciousness of life. Shimizu's tenor saxophone and piano flows in with the tide of the lyrical, nostalgic traditional song "Yashi no Mi”.

See recording session video:
www.facebook.com/yasuakishimizu/videos/2280760468905574/
www.facebook.com/yasuakishimizu/videos/444886049700492/

Mango no Ki no Shita de broadcast:
8 August (Thu) 10pm-11:13pm (73 min. version) NHK G
21 August (Wed) 9pm-10:30pm (89 min. version) BS Premium
24 August (Sat) 7pm-8:30pm (89 min. version) BS4K

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18. 7. 2019

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An Invisible Cradle (Tomei na Yurikago)
More accolades for the TV drama scored by Shimizu
In addition to being voted Best Television Program of 2018, the NHK drama An Invisible Cradle took the Grand Prize at the 35th ATP Award TV Grand Prix. The awards ceremony held in Tokyo on 11 July will broadcast on Tuesday 30 July at 3pm on NHK BS Premium (Shimizu will not appear).

NHK News Web
www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20190711/k10011990591000.html

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11. 7. 2019

An Invisible Cradle (Tomei na Yurikago)
NHK drama with music by Shimizu to replay from August
The award-winning 10-episode NHK TV series An Invisible Cradle, with music by Shimizu will rebroadcast from Sunday, 4 August.

Check here for details: www.nhk.or.jp/dramatopics-blog/90000/370830.html

Soundtrack album Tomei na Yurikago released by Suzak Musik/Ideal Music
iTunes, Amazon

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11. 6. 2019

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An Invisible Cradle (Tomei na Yurikago)
Shimizu-scored drama takes top award at ATP
Congratulations to the whole team! 2018 NHK mini-series An Invisible Cradle, top the Drama category at the 35th ATP Award TV Grand Prix.

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10. 5. 2019

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Mango no Ki no Shita de (Under the Mango Tree) 
New soundtrack project
Now scoring the music for Mango no Ki no Shita de (Under the Mango Tree), an NHK special drama based on the Pacific War, scheduled to air early August. 

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12. 4. 2019

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Miss Osaka
Soundtrack in the making
Currently composing and recording music for the film Miss Osaka, a joint Danish/Japanese production directed by Daniel Dencik, shot in Japan and Norway. Shimizu also makes an appearance – performing on saxophone in a scene at an Osaka nightclub.

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18. 3. 2019

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AV Watch
Getting technical with Bach
For those interested in the audio details of the authoring process of "Contrapunctus I – SSVR mix” for the Touch that Sound! SSVR sound installation, see AV Watch magazine (in Japanese), up on Tuesday 18 March.

18 March

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14. 3. 2019

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Wired
Creativity: questioning the source
On the back of his recent European tours, Shimizu considers what drives him, his past and present work, and his musical career. Eight-page interview in the latest issue of Wired (Japan).

March issue, vol.32

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The Chorus
8K short drama with music by Shimizu broadcasts March 17-25 on NHK BS 8K

Making the most of the ultra-high definition technology - visually and aurally - the experimental film features a cross-section view of the lives being lived simultaneously on three floors of a Tokyo apartment block. Shimizu recorded part of the soundtrack on saxophone in the 14-story atrium of the NHK STRL with 19 microphones to capture the crispness of the lower floor sound together with the warmth of the long reverb.

The Chorus (2013)
NHK BS8K channel
17 March (Sun) 6pm
19 March (Tue) 10am
21 March (Thu) 1pm
23 March (Sat) 2:30pm
25 March (Mon) 7pm

8K equipment required to watch 8K broadcasting
www.nhk.or.jp/bs4k8k/8k/

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UPDATE
8. 3. 2019
31. 1. 2019

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Dementos
Read the vinyl reissue latest reviews here

Resident Advisor
6 March

The Sun Lounge

27 January (Review no.194)

Resident Advisor
22 January

The Vinyl Factory
21 January

Ban Ban Ton Ton
15 January

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26. 2. 2019

Touch that Sound!
Sound installation featuring a new work by Shimizu in Sonic Surf VR, starts 15 March
Experience the staggering dimensionality of Yasuaki Shimizu’s recording of "Contrapunctus I” from the The Art of Fugue. In a nod to his “Bach-Saxophone-Space” concept, Shimizu recorded the music in a long, narrow hallway of the Sony building, exploiting the new Sonic Surf VR technology. The installation features works by five artists, curated by Susumu Kunisaki/Rittor Music. It will be staged in the recently opened event space at Ochanomizu Rittor Base in Tokyo.

About Sony Surf VR
Sonic Surf VR combines state-of-the-art audio processing with advanced multi-channel speaker technology to create spatial, dynamic soundscapes. It conveys a sense of movement with sounds that appear to move across, around or even toward the listener.


Touch that Sound!
15-24 March (Fri
-Sun), 12-8pm
Ochanomizu Rittor Base
Tokyo OCC Building B1, Kanda-surugadai 2-1 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Free admission, reservation required
The five works, each about 5 minutes long, play in sequence every 30 minutes, daily from 12-8pm (until 6pm the final day)

Bookings: Peatix https://orb-tts.peatix.com
For more information: www.rittor-music.co.jp/rittorbase/touchthatsound/

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Touch that Sound!
Reservations open for talk session on 19 March
The conversation will focus on Shimizu's use of Sonic Surf VR technology for the staggering spatial audio he achieved on "Contrapunctus I” from The Art of Fugue. The music is featured in the installation Touch that Sound! opening 15 March.

Touch that Sound! talk session
19 March (Tue), 7-8pm
Ochanomizu Rittor Base
Tokyo OCC Building B1, Kanda-surugadai 2-1 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Tickets: 2,000 yen, seating limited to 40 people, reservation required

Touch that Sound! installation, 15-24 March at Rittor Base
Free admission, reservation required

Bookings: Peatix https://orb-tts-0319.peatix.com/
For more information: www.rittor-music.co.jp/rittorbase/touchthatsound/

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21. 11. 2018

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(Re)Subliminal
One of the best
Vinyl Factory picks (Re)Subliminal album for best Japanese reissues of 2018.

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25. 11. 2018

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Tomei na Yurikago (The Invisible Cradle)
You can now watch the TV drama complete series on DVD
The award winning ten-episode NHK drama Tomei na Yurikago, with soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu, is available in DVD/4 disc box set from Happinet.

Release: 25 January 2019 by Happinet
Amazon, Tower Records, HMV

Tomei na Yurikago DVD trailer

Soundtrack album available from iTunes, Amazon

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UPDATE
15. 1. 2019
4. 11. 2018

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Dementos
First-ever remastered vinyl reissue, released January 16

Finally Dementos has landed! The first-ever remastered vinyl reissue of this historic album is out now. In this second work from his Paris-London trilogy, Shimizu focuses on the relation between music and words, harnessing dynamic syncopated funk/world-music rhythms with vocals and wordplay bursting with mischievous energy. Recorded in the UK in 1988 with contributions from a host of British artists including David Cunningham, who provided intros to some tracks. Lyrics and vocals are by Shimizu together with his sister Mieko. Stunning sleeve with art direction by Mic Itaya.

Tracklist
Side A 1. Blue Suits, 2. Dementos, 3. Madame Shriek, 4. A Normal Day, 5. Find No Word To Say
Side B 1. I’m Dying For Love, 2. My Friend The Secretary, 3. Anaconda Mon Amour, 4. Soul De Rock, 5. Sateto

Hear samples on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/yasuakishimizu/sets/dementos

Release 16 January 2019
Available in vinyl from HMV record shop (JP), Organic Music (JP/overseas), Juno Records (UK)

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10. 1. 2019

Tomei na Yurikago (The Invisible Cradle)
First place! Shimizu-scored drama takes top prize at ACA
NHK drama series Tomei na Yurikago wins the 2018 TV dramas Grand Prize from the 73rd ACA National Arts Festival.

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27. 12. 2018

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Tokyu Silvester Concert 2018-2019
Ring in 2019 with Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes New Year's Eve broadcast on TV Tokyo. Filmed at a reverberating mystery venue!

Saxophonettes will perform “Allemande” from Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 live from around 10pm at "Tokyu Silvester Concert 2018-2019,” Orchard Hall, Bunkamura Tokyo. Note that tickets for this event are sold out and this set will not be broadcast.
But… tune in to TV Tokyo just after midnight for a special treat: the premiere broadcast of the Saxophonettes playing "Prelude” from Cello Suite No.1 in a cavernous, echoing, still-secret underground space in Tokyo.

Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax)
Ryoko Egawa (soprano / tenor sax), Takuya Tanaka (tenor sax), Ryota Higashi, Makoto Hondo (baritone sax)

Broadcast: 31 December (Mon) 11:30pm-12:45am (midnight) TV Tokyo Network, BS TV Tokyo
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes performance scheduled for around 12:15am.

TV Tokyo
www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/silvester2018-2019

Silvester Concert 2018-2019
www.bunkamura.co.jp/orchard/lineup/18_silvester.html

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UPDATE
25. 12. 2018
26. 11. 2018

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Tomei na Yurikago
Shimmering, tender, severe… new soundtrack album out now

Yasuaki Shimizu’s prolific streak continues with this brand new release. The soundtrack album from the hit NHK drama series Tomei na Yurikago features a selection of 23 superbly curated, atmospheric tracks, including the gorgeous “Jiai no Hibi,” with its limpid vocals, the gently flowing piano solo “Re-Happy Birthday,” or “Komoriuta I,” inspired by the image of a mother’s impromptu lullaby. Shimizu suffuses the music with historical references and subtle hints about the characters and their states of mind, in a work that is deep, multi-textured and powerful.

Composed and performed by Yasuaki Shimizu – tenor saxophone, piano, keyboard, programming
Featuring Hiroshi Suzuki – flute, Tomoko Kanda - vocals

Hear samples on SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/yasuakishimizu/sets/tomei-na-yurikago

Release: 19 December 2018
Suzak Musik/Ideal Music
Available in CD and digital formats from Amazon, Tower Records, iTunes
and for download in hi-resolution audio from OTOTOY, e-onkyo, mora, and other music distribution sites.

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14. 12. 2018

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YouTube
Here it comes! Live clip of "Yume Dewa” from last July concert at Roskilde Festival. 

An all-new version of the song, arranged for saxophone and electronics, from the 1982 album Kakashi.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/5Fn8I9ooxrc

2016 Reissue
Palto Flats (USA), WRWTFWW (Europe)

Kakashi original release from Better Days/Nippon Columbia (1982)

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4. 11. 2018

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Dementos
Pre-order now! Remastered classic in its first-ever reissue.

Recorded in 1988 during Shimizu's inspired Paris-London period, Dementos will be released in vinyl as part of the Japanism series on 16 January. Pre-sale from 9 January

Pre-order from HMV record shop / Organic Music (international shipping available)
HMV online shop
1/9 pre-sale www.hmv.co.jp/productitemstock/stock/9379554?shu=9&
1/16 release www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/9379555

HMV record shop http://recordshop.hmv.co.jp/50790

Organic Music http://organicmusic.jp/?pid=137247391

Listen to samples on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/yasuakishimizu/sets/dementos

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1. 11. 2018

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Polskie Radio
Big selection of music and interview

Two-and-a-half hours of tracks from Shimizu’s vast repertoire, including lesser known recordings, as well as interview, now online.

https://www.polskieradio.pl/8/740/Artykul/2208971

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15. 10. 2018

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Q&A with Yasuaki Shimizu
28 October at Hosoi, Stockholm

The night before his concert at Fasching, Shimizu will join journalist/producer Mats Almegård in conversation with playback from his albums on state-of-the-art audio.

Hosoi, Stockholm
28 October (Sun) 8pm
www.facebook.com/events/241445999871173/

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11. 10. 2018

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Tomei na Yurikago (The Invisible Cradle)
At work on the production of a new album

Following the many feedback and requests from the start of NHK TV drama series Tomei na Yurikago, the soundtrack album will be released by the end of this year. Currently in the midst of the sleeve artwork – selecting images from the drama set. Stay tuned for release details.
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2. 10. 2018

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Endénèh Bèlulegn
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes live at Tokyo Spiral Hall, 2017

Now up on YouTube moving performance by the Saxophonettes of the Ethiopian traditional song "Endénèh Bèlulegn" arranged for sax quintet.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/sPWfl6MBuEA
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28. 9. 2018

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Dementos
Next in Shimizu’s 1980s reissues

Pressing soon — the 1988 album Dementos. Vinyl slated for release this December through HMV record shop/Japanism series.
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31. 8. 2018

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The Art of Fugue
Live video now on YouTube

Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes rare performance of Bach’s “Contrapunctus I,” recorded at Mitaka City Arts Center, 2011.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/uqKtmy_ap_0
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UPDATE
31. 8. 2018
23. 8. 2018

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Yasuaki Shimizu
Autumn 2018 European tour

After all the excitement of the summer tour…we’re heading back for more! Europe shows booked for October and November.

26 October (Fri) Fonomo Music & Film Festival
Bydgoszcz, Poland
www.wetmusic.pl/fonomo-info-ver.php?idg=1&idm=3&id=587&year=2018

29 October (Mon) 9pm, Fasching
Stockholm, Sweden
www.fasching.se/evenemang/yasuaki-shimizu

2 November (Fri) Uberjazz Festival
Hamburg, Germany
www.ueberjazz.com

4 November (Sun) 8:30pm, Funkhaus
Berlin, Germany
Tickets from:
www.funkhaus.events/produkte/155-tickets-yasuaki-shimizu-funkhaus-berlin-am-04-11-2018
Buy now!

8 November (Thu) 8:30pm, Korzo
The Hague, Netherlands
www.korzo.nl/en/productions/yasuaki-shimizu

11 November (Sun) 8pm, Alice
Copenhagen, Denmark
http://alicecph.com/november/#koncert-shimizu

For inquires, festival set time and bookings check the festivals/venue website
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UPDATE
22. 7. 2018
7. 3. 2018

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Kakashi
Press 2017-2018

Reviews on Kakashi album reissue, released last winter by Palto Flats/WRWTFWW.

2018

Babyblaue Seiten
22 July

Crack
28 February

Pop News
7 February

Record Collector
February issue

Spectrum Culture
18 January

Uncut
January issue

2017
The Quietus
12 December (Reissues Etc Of The Year 2017)

28 September


Resident Advisor
11 November

The Vinyl Factory
28 September

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20. 7. 2018

Surpresa (Surprise)
Award-winning animated documentary Surpresa (Surprise) gets Japanese premiere

Directed by Paulo Patrício, with soundtrack from the album Pentatonica by Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes, Surpresa it’s an emotionally powerul short film based on an actual conversation between a mother and her three-year-old daughter recovering from cancer. Screening at JMS Aster Plaza 24 Agust at Hiroshima 2018 festival.

17th Hiroshima International Animation Festival - JMS Aster Plaza 24 August
(The timetable and contents of the program are subject to change)
http://hiroanim.org/en2018/e04compe/04-5-2e.php

See trailer: https://vimeo.com/225446685

https://www.paulopatricio.com/surpresa

Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes album Pentatonica available from
iTunes, Amazon
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Yasuaki Shimizu
“Stunning”. Reviews of European tour Summer 2018

Roskilde Festival, Roskilde 6 July
The Quietus
"Yasuaki Shimizu, for example, is the pioneering Japanese jazz titan whose midday set on Friday is our first taste of the Gloria stage, a repurposed warehouse and the most distinctive of Roskilde’s stages. It is pitch black in here save for jagged, cut-up projections of Shimizu. His set is stunning: each of his pieces is gorgeous and each for a different reason. Sometimes Shimizu, armed for the most part with a glistening tenor sax aside a young producer on laptop and synth who loops the former’s lines, begins with fragmented and disparate melodies that maze in among each other to gradually unveil a glorious and transcendent whole. Elsewhere, as on ‘Semi Tori No Hi’ from his 1982 masterpiece Kakashi, he lays down a low sweep of electric clarinet that gradually builds into a glorious, swarming force of beautiful darkness. Sometimes he simply lets loose with sheer musicianship, his saxophone squealing and wailing forever upwards, but somehow with the delicacy and poise of Vaughan Williams’ ‘Lark Ascending’. The set’s depth is undercut by a glint of humour – a bizarre instrument that seems to be a mixture of clock radio and drone control pad is evidently funny to him too as he extends its comically massive aerial – and the whole thing is a gem of experimental brilliance nestled among a festival slathered in mainstream names.”

19 July


Politiken
6 July

Regnsky
6 July

LSO ST Luke’s, London 8 July
Resident Advisor
8 July

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NTS Radio
Shimizu chooses the music, on air in London

On 10 July, Yasuaki Shimizu presented a one-hour playlist featuring his compositions, arrangements and tracks that inspired him.

Listen back to this one-off radio special at the NTS archives
www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/yasuaki-shimizu-10th-july-2018
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14. 7. 2018

Peace Nippon
Shimizu scores "Sonotoki" for new film by Hiroyuki Nakano

Music by Yasuaki Shimizu features in a spectacular new documentary by director Hiroyuki Nakano, Peace Nippon. Filmed in high-resolution 4K over eight years at more than 200 locations, this stunning travelogue captures for future generations the glory of the changing seasons in a land of richly varied climate and beautiful landscapes.
Shimizu specially composed and performed the track “Sonotoki” to accompany the magnificent autumn leaves at Lake Towada in northern Japan. Also includes tracks from Saxophonettes album Goldberg Variations. Released 14 July.


See the film trailer https://youtu.be/yS2VS4lEOls

http://peacenippon.jp/
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5. 7. 2018

Tomei na Yurikago (The Invisible Cradle)
A moving drama about the gift of life finds deep affinities in Yasuaki Shimizu's score.
Ten-episode NHK TV live-action series premieres from 20 July

It could be said Shimizu wrote this soundtrack from a similar standpoint as the main character, who sees life as a precious gift. Shimizu treats each note as if its life is the only one. The story comes from a popular manga based on the actual experience of a young student nurse at an obstetrics clinic. It tells us “Don’t take it for granted your babies will be born safely..."

The soundtrack includes Tomoko Kanda’s crystal clear vocals, as well as the rich and sinuous flute of Hiroshi Suzuki of the Saxophonettes.


Broadcast: Friday from 20 July, 10pm on NHK-G
Rebroadcast: Wednesday from 25 July, 1:30am

See recording session video: www.facebook.com/yasuakishimizu/videos/

www.nhk.or.jp/drama10/yurikago/
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11. 6. 2018

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The Wire
"From Bach to the Future"

A good read about Shimizu’s life work — playing space as an instrument. Interview by James Hadfield in the latest issue of The Wire magazine.

July issue
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The Wire
Exclusive video release

Watch on The Wire website “Prelude 55” performed by Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes at Spiral Hall, November 2017.
See the video here

“Prelude 55” from the soundtrack album 55-sai Kara no Hello Life, released by Suzak Musik/Ideal Music.
Amazon, iTunes

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11. 5. 2018

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Listening Series: Playing Spaces
Performance and Panel Discussion in NY, Thursday 17 May

Staged to mark the launch of How Musicians Think About Space, the latest edition of Attention – The Audio Journal for Architecture featuring an interview with Yasuaki Shimizu. The first in the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Listening Series. Check it out, admission free.

17 May (Thu) 7 – 9pm
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, New York
Inquires: Tel. 212-431-5795, info@storefrontnews.org

Read more about the event: http://storefrontnews.org

Listen to Shimizu's interview
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9. 5. 2018

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Music for Commercials
Italian press on the reissued album

Review by Giancarlo de Chirico in Extra! Music Magazine.

2 May
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UPDATE
9. 5. 2018
14. 2. 2018

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Yasuaki Shimizu
Summer 2018 shows in Europe

Shimizu takes the European stage in a retrospective/forward-looking concert series featuring saxophone and electronics. These rare performances in collaboration with sound artist Ray Kunimoto promise an unforgettable snapshot of Shimizu’s singular career spanning jazz, classical, improvisation and electronic music. 

6 July (Fri) Roskilde Festival  SOLD OUT
Roskilde, Denmark
www.roskilde-festival.dk/music/2018/yasuaki-shimizu

8 July (Sun) 7:30pm, LSO St Luke’s  SOLD OUT
London, UK
Opening set by Carl Stone
Produced by Barbican
www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/yasuaki-shimizu-carl-stone

2 August (Thu) Dekmantel Festival
Amsterdam, Netherlands
www.dekmantelfestival.com/artist/385/yasuaki-shimizu

3 August (Fri) OFF Festival
Katowice, Poland
http://off-festival.pl/pl

For inquires, festival set time and bookings check the festivals/venue website.
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1. 5. 2018

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Tomei na Yurikago (The Invisible Cradle)
Score for TV drama

Shimizu is now at work on a new soundtrack project for a ten-part NHK TV series, scheduled to be aired mid-July.
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27. 4. 2018

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Roskilde Special: Yasuaki Shimizu
One-hour guest mix on Berlin Community Radio

Tune in to hear the selection of music compiled by Shimizu for this special BCR show ahead of his performance at Roskilde Festival in July.

Listen on Mixcloud

On air: 30 April (Mon) 1pm (CEST)

www.berlincommunityradio.com
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23. 4. 2018

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Yasuaki Shimizu Film Screening and Party
An evening in New York celebrating his music

Music label Palto Flats and Joe Williams (Motion Graphics) present the work of Yasuaki Shimizu at Magick City in Brooklyn, to mark the reissue of his album Kakashi. The event begins with the screening of two rarely seen films by Hiroyuki Nakano – Pace (1990) and Watching people (1989) – scored by Shimizu, followed by a party with music spanning Shimizu's career as musician, composer and producer.

26 April (Thu) 8pm
Magick City
37 Box St
Brooklyn, New York

Bookings: withfriends.co 
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5. 3. 2018

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(Re)Subliminal
New edition of Yasuaki Shimizu’s album Subliminal out on vinyl

In the mid-1980s Shimizu based himself in thriving multicultural Paris, the center of world music. He captured the city’s exotic mood and energy in performances and recordings such as the album Subliminal (87). Now remastered and extended, the album will be re-released on vinyl this month. (Re)Subliminal recompiled by Shimizu himself, features five songs from the original recording and two tracks edits by renowned DJ/producer Chee Shimizu, plus beautiful new artwork by Qotaroo.

Tracklist
Side A 1. Chiko-chan, 2. Mamawasotode, 3. Tsuzuraori no Onna, 4. Tamare-Tamare
Side B 1. Mari-chan, 2. Chiko-chan (Chee Shimizu re-edit), 3. Tamare-Tamare (Chee Shimizu re-edit)

Release: 21 March 2018
Japanism/HMV Record Shop HRLP-098

Pre-order from HMV (JP), Juno Records (UK), Rush Hour (NL)
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27. 2. 2018

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Music for Commercials
Pre-order now

The Japanese edition of Yasuaki Shimizu’s Music for Commercials with new liner notes by Chee Shimizu will be released on CD by Rice Records.

Release: 18 March 2018
Rice Records PPR-5477
Pre-order from Tower Records, Amazon
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20. 2. 2018

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Music for Commercials
Reviews of Shimizu's jingles album reissued by Crammed Discs 15 September 2017

Stay tuned! The press book will be updated as new articles are published.
https://issuu.com/crammed/docs/music_for_commercials_press_book
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8. 1. 2018

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Attention – the Audio Journal for Architecture
Shimizu’s fascination with performing in unconventional spaces features in Attention’s latest issue How Musicians Think About Space

Yasuaki Shimizu is famous for the care he takes over every aspect of his sound. In an interview titled “Bach, Sax, Space” for the Princeton University-based audio journal, Attention, he talks about his quest to record each of the six Cello Suites in different acoustic environments. Shimizu takes us into a warehouse, a stone quarry, a mine, a concert hall, a Baroque villa and a Gothic palazzo, demonstrating how the unique acoustics of the individual sites drew out the emotional nuances of each suite in Bach’s masterwork. The half-hour episode is superbly put together with musical excerpts.

"Music is inherently spatial. As it travels from a source to our ears, it is transformed by the air, the surrounding architecture and even the shape of our bodies. The distance between performer and listener is often taken for granted, reduced to a question of 'good' or 'bad' acoustics. But the musicians featured in this issue of Attention saw the physical gap between performer and listener as a site for musical invention. Through interviews, musical excerpts and acoustical examples, How Musicians Think About Space illuminates the hidden role of space in the imagination of composers, performers and producers from across the spectrum of Western art music.”


Produced by Willem Boning 
Also featuring: Jürgen Meyer, Elaine Sisman, Emily Thompson, John and Susan Edwards Harvith, John Culshaw, Glenn Gould, Paul Théberge and Daniel Neumann

Listen to the new issue on the Attention website or on iTunesStitcher, or MixCloud
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7. 1. 2018

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Radio Jiro
Yasuaki Shimizu special now on air

Listen to NTS’ Radio Jiro, online radio program by artist Jiro Bevis. Two-hour special features a unique and inspired songlist focusing on Shimizu's early works and related artists, ranging from jazz to jingles, pop and experimental.

On air: 8 January (Mon) 2-4pm (London)

www.nts.live/shows/radio-jiro
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27. 12. 2017

Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (Natsume Soseki’s Wife)
Exciting news! Shimizu-scored drama strikes back at the ACA's 2017

Award-winning NHK drama series Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (2016) takes the Excellence Award in the TV dramas category at the 72nd ACA National Arts Festival.

www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/souseki
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Miwotsukushi Ryoricho (The Apply Yourself Cookbook)
Year-end broadcast of NHK drama special program. Music by Yasuaki Shimizu

The acclaimed eight-episode TV drama series Miwotsukushi Ryoricho will air on 31 December as a two hour omnibus program. Music by Yasuaki Shimizu.

Broadcast: 31 December (Sun) at 8am on NHK-G
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25. 12. 2017

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Better Days Nights
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes join Better Days label anniversary on 4 February 

Legendary label Better Days, which led the Japanese music scene in 1970s-1980s and released Shimizu’s early albums such as his solo Kakashi, Mariah’s Utakata no Hibi and the first Saxophonettes recording L’Automne à Pékin, celebrates 40 years of activity with two nights at Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo.

4 February 2018 (Sun) 8pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Shinjuku Pit Inn
Accord Shinjuku Building B1, 2-12-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(Metro: Shinjuku Sanchome Station)

Tickets: 4,500 yen, 4,000 yen in advance
Advance tickets: Ticket Pia (P code 101-684) 0570-02-9999, or visit Shinjuku Pit Inn 
Inquiries: Shinjuku Pit Inn 03-3354-2024

http://columbia.jp/betterdays40
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19. 12. 2017

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Kakashi
Another Shimizu reissue makes another faves-of-2017 list in The Quietus

The album: the new edition of Kakashi released by Palto Flats and WRWTFWW; the list: Quietus Reissues Etc. of the Year 2017.

12 December
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13. 12. 2017

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Music for Commercials
Yasuaki Shimizu album named a “Best Reissue of 2017”

Re-released after three decades by Crammed Disc in September, Music for Commercials ranked No.5 among Vinyl Factory's 30 favourite reissues of 2017.

11 December
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30. 11. 2017

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Tokyo Noise Theater II
Action painting and free improvisation
Shimizu’s final show of this year — in performance with Carl Stone at SuperDeluxe, 23 December. ”Tokyo Noise Theater II” explores possibilities of opening the door to innovative collaboration between artists. A night of music and visual expression with “Alive Painting" by Akiko Nakayama.
Don’t miss it! Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax, wind controller), Carl Stone (laptop computer) will perform from around 10pm.


Also featuring
Hair Stylistics × Foodman
Party Killers! (Jin Harada + Suppa Micro Pamchopp + Shogo Haraguchi)
DJ: Akey, Dj healthy

23 December (Sat) 8pm (doors open 7pm)
SuperDeluxe
3-1-25-B1 Nishi Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
(Metro Hibiya Line or Oedo Line: Roppongi Station, 5min. walk from exit 3)
3,300 yen, 2,800 yen in advance (plus drink)

Bookings and enquiries: SuperDeluxe www.super-deluxe.com/room/4396/
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27. 11. 2017

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Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (Natsume Soseki’s Wife)
Award-winning drama now on DVD
Music scored by Yasuaki Shimizu - the four-episode NHK drama Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (2016) about the tempestuous marriage of Japanese literary great Natsume Soseki is out on DVD/2 disc set.

Release: 24 November 2017
NHK Enterprise NSDS 22776
Amazon, Tower Records, HMV

Natsume Soseki no Tsuma official page

Natsume Soseki no Tsuma soundtrack album released by Suzak Musik/Ideal Music
iTunes, Amazon
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24. 11. 2017

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Kakashi
Journey to beauty and strangeness on streams of pure sound
New remastered edition of Yasuaki Shimizu’s album Kakashi in first overseas release, with introduction by Patrice Bollon, notes by Shimizu, and lyric translations. Out on LP, CD and digital through Palto Flats in collaboration with WRWTFWW.

Kakashi, first released in 1982, is a cult classic. Wrapped in the mysterious, playful ambiance of Shimizu’s saxophone and mellow vocals, it seamlessly combines jazz, ambient, minimal and dub into a tapestry of textures that blaze through the barriers of genre and categorization. A pure distillation of Shimizu’s uniquely complex aesthetic, an endless stream of sound that gives form to his underlying Japanese essence. 


Listen on SoundCloud

Release: 24 November 2017 (North America) by Palto Flats PF 007
1 December (Europe) by WRWTFWW Records WRWTFWW 21

Amazon, iTunes
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15. 11. 2017

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Miwotsukushi Ryoricho (The Apply Yourself Cookbook)
Out now on DVD. Soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu
Set in the Edo period, the eight-episode NHK TV drama telling the story of a woman chef uprooting her life and taking on the establishment is now available on DVD/4 disc box set.

Release: 15 November 2017
Pony Canyon PCBE-63696
Amazon, Tower Records, HMV

Miwotsukushi Ryoricho soundtrack album released by Suzak Musik/Ideal Music
iTunes, Amazon

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/KkWsgppii-A
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27. 10. 2017

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OTTAVA Aria
Live appearance on internet radio
Tune in to hear Yasuaki Shimizu talk about his upcoming concert with the Saxophonettes at Spiral Hall, 11 November.

On air: 31 October (Tue) 9am (YS at 11:30am), Ottava
Rebroadcast: 4 November (Sat) 5pm (YS at 7:30pm)

http://ottava.jp
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16. 10. 2017



Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (Natsume Soseki's Wife)
TV drama rebroadcast for night owls
NHK's four-episode drama about the writer Natsume Soseki’s unconventional marriage, with music scored by Shimizu, will rebroadcast from 18 October.

Rebroadcast on NHK-G
18 October (Wed) 1:45am, Episode 1: Yume Miru Fufu
19 October (Thu) 1:50am, Episode 2: Wagahai wa Neko de Aru
20 October (Fri) 2:15am, Episode 3: Yakkai na Kyaku
21 October (Sat) 1:25am, Episode 4: Tatakau Fufu

www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/souseki

Natsume Soseki no Tsuma album released from Suzak Musik/Ideal Music
iTunes, Amazon
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13. 10. 2017



Surprise (Surpresa)
More screenings for the animated short with music from Pentatonica
Following screenings in Portugal and Brazil, Paulo Patrício’s award-winning Surprise, featuring soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes, screens at Warsaw Film Festival from 18 October and at DOK Leipzig from the 31st.

See trailer: https://vimeo.com/237065212

Pentatonica album released from Victor Entertainment
iTunes, Amazon
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6. 10. 2017

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Kakashi
Utakata no Hibi
Out on tape for sound epicureans to celebrate Cassette Store Day!
The two albums, Yasuaki Shimizu’s Kakashi and Utakata no Hibi by Mariah, recently reissued on CD and vinyl, will be released in Japan on limited edition cassette. Pre-order now.

Release: 14 October 2015
Nippon Columbia/HMV Record Shop

Kakashi (HMVC-17)
Pre-order from www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/8207272

Utakata no Hibi
(HMVC-18)
Pre-order from www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/8207276
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21. 9. 2017

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Trance World Music Ways
Guest appearance on radio
Shimizu talks about the working process behind his soundtracks, in particular for NHK dramas, Miwotsukushi Ryoricho (2017) and Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (2016) both released as albums.

On air: 24 September (Sun)
12 (midnight) –1am Music Bird, The Audio (Ch. 124)
4–4:30am K-MIX
4:30–5am Tokyo FM, Radiko.jp

http://musicbird.jp/programs/twmw/
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11. 9. 2017

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Music for Commercials
Remastered reissue of Shimizu’s brilliant jingles collection in Crammed Discs Made to Measure series
The strikingly original Music for Commercials has captivated listeners since its first release by Crammed in 1987. This 24-track smorgasbord of hit-and-run sound collages initially created for Japanese TV commercials (as well as one short soundtrack for an animated short) spans styles from folk to electro. The album has achieved near-mythic status in recent years. Lovingly remastered, it now sounds even better.

Release: 15 September 2017
Crammed Discs MTM 12
Available in CD, LP (with download code card included), and digital formats.
Crammed shop https://crammed.greedbag.com/buy/music-for-commercials-0/

Also available in Japan through:
LP (MTM 12 LP): Amazon, Tower Records, HMV
CD (MTM 12): Amazon, HMV
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17. 8. 2017

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Miwotsukushi Ryoricho
Lush soundtrack to Edo-era chef drama out 23 August
Yasuaki Shimizu’s creative partnership with NHK TV continues to bear fruit with new music, exquisitely recorded. His third NHK-drama soundtrack album, due for summer release, sets the scene for the Edo-period woman chef series, Miwotsukushi Ryoricho.

The series tells the story of a lonely woman fighting the odds in the staunchly male kitchens of 19th-century Japan. Deliberately playing with timeframes, Shimizu adopts predominantly Western 20th-century influences, evoking everything from American ballet, electric blues, ragtime and his trademark lush programmed orchestra. The result is an intriguing sense of oldness and incongruity, perhaps not unlike the experience of the main character as she battles the establishment with her own quirky modernity.

Yasuaki Shimizu: tenor saxophone, piano, clarinet, drums, wadaiko, keyboard, programming
Ryoko Egawa: alto, soprano saxophone

Twenty-seven tracks, 73 minutes. Available in CD and digital formats.
Release: 23 August 2017
Suzak Musik/Ideal Music NGCS-1079
iTunes, Amazon, Tower Records, HMV
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2. 8. 2017

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Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes
Live at Spiral Hall, Saturday 11 November
The acclaimed 1980s (recently reissued) albums Kakashi and Utakata no Hibi prompted Yasuaki Shimizu's exploration of the pentatonic scale, culminating with the Saxophonettes’ 2007 album Pentatonica. This concert will feature Shimizu's continuously evolving repertoire based on the five-note scale, including new pieces and 1980s classics arranged for five saxophones.

Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax)
Ryoko Egawa, Hirokazu Hayashida, Ryota Higashi, Hiroshi Suzuki (saxophones)

11 November (Sat) 5pm (doors open 4:30pm)
Spiral Hall
Spiral 3F, 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, Chiyoda Line: Omotesando Station, exit B1/B3 )

Tickets: 6,000 yen. Open seating

Bookings: Ticket Pia (P code 339-043) 0570-02-9999, Eplus, Confetti 0120-240-540, Tickets Today Omotesando (Spiral 1F, in MINA-TO), JamRice

Inquires: Sateto 046-876-6073
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31. 7. 2017



Surprise (Surpresa)
Animated documentary wins international awards
Paulo Patrício’s touching short film Surprise features soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes, playing songs ”Dolomiti Spring," “Hibi no Awa,” and “Pentatonica," from the album Pentatonica. The film is based on a non-scripted, actual conversation between a mother and her three-year-old daughter, who is recovering from cancer. They speak with disarming frankness about the illness and their circumstances.

See trailer: https://vimeo.com/225446685

Awards
Curtas Vila do Conde Intl Film Festival 2017 (Portougal) - Audience Award
Anima Mundi Animation Film Festival 2017 (Brazil) - Best Screenplay Award

www.paulopatricio.com/surpresa
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18. 7. 2017

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Utakata no Hibi
L’Automne à Pékin
Two 1983 classics re-released in audiophile UHQCD format from Nippon Columbia on 19 July
Mariah’s final album Utakata no Hibi to be reissued simultaneously with Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes' first album, L'Automne à Pékin, re-mastered on Ultimate High Quality CD for your greatest listening pleasure! Sleeve insert includes new liner notes by Chee Shimizu.

Release: 19 July 2017
Nippon Columbia
Utakata no Hibi COCB-54217
Amazon, Tower Records, HMV

L'Automne à Pékin COCB-54216
Amazon, Tower Records, HMV
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UPDATE
9. 5. 2017
21. 3. 2017



Miwotsukushi Ryoricho (The Apply Yourself Cookbook)
She flew on the promise of a "blue sky beyond the clouds…"
Eight-part Saturday drama starts from 13 May on NHK TV
The fifth collaboration between Yasuaki Shimizu and director Takeshi Shibata, Miwotsukushi Ryoricho comes from a bestselling novel about a lonely, troubled girl who moves from Osaka to Tokyo (then Edo) in the early 1800s. With only her cooking skills to fall back on, she rises beyond the prejudiced and rigid social order. Shimizu’s playful and ingenious soundtrack creates a transparent and beguiling aural world. Guest performance by Saxophonettes member Ryoko Egawa.

Broadcast: Saturdays from 13 May, 6:05pm on NHK-G
Rebroadcast: Tuesdays from 16 May, 1:45am

See recording sessions video: www.facebook.com/yasuakishimizu/videos

www.nhk.or.jp/jidaigeki/miwotsukushi
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Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (Natsume Soseki's Wife)
Shimizu-scored NHK drama wins broadcast prize
Drama series Natsume Soseki no Tsuma has received the Hashida Award for works that contribute to the development of broadcasting culture.
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8. 3. 2017

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Nichiyo Tube
Making-of video for 8K art documentary
Shimizu talks about creating the soundtrack for the NHK 8K video, The Tale of Genji Illustrated Scrolls, to be shown March 12.

12 March (Sun) 2pm NHK-G (Tokai Hokuriku region only)
Check NHK Nagoya for details: www.nhk.or.jp/nagoya
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20. 2. 2017



The Tale of Genji Illustrated Scrolls (Kokuho Genji Monogatari Emaki)
NHK 8K documentary special screening from 27 February. Music by Yasuaki Shimizu.
Super Hi-Vision 8K documentary filmed at the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, features 15 illustrations from the museum’s limited viewing collection, set to music by Shimizu. Based on the 12th-century literary masterpiece by Murasaki Shikibu, the Tale of Genji Scrolls paint a rich picture of romantic intrigue among Heian-period nobility. They are a designated national treasure and Japan’s oldest illustrated hand-scrolls. The documentary is shot in high resolution to reveal extraordinary detail, and the astonishing 22.2 multi-channel soundtrack features Shimizu on tenor saxophone, and traditional Japanese instruments such as koto and taiko drums.

* Screening 8K televisions are not yet on the market. The public screening in Tokyo is at Fureai Hall, NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories, NHK Museum of Broadcasting, and throughout Japan at NHK broadcast stations. Please enquire at each station for location and program schedule.

www.nhk.or.jp/shv
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16. 2. 2017

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Atarashii Jidai Waltz – Piano
Sheet music release for hit TV drama theme
Atarashii Jidai Waltz – Piano,” from Yasuaki Shimizu's soundtrack to NHK drama series Natsume Soseki no Tsuma, published by music score magazine Gojujo no Piano. Shimizu's instructions are, “To be played with swing, as if dancing upward to the universe.”

Spring-Summer issue

Soundtrack album Natsume Soseki no Tsuma released on CD from Suzak Musik (2016)
iTunes, Amazon, Tower Records, HMV

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16. 1. 2017

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IQ 179 EP
Pre-order now. Brand new limited edition 7” vinyl from the 1981 Yasuaki Shimizu album IQ 179 released on 15 February
A-side: "Crow," a lush groove of keyboards, rim-shots, poetry, and impulsive saxophone. B-side: “Hako” a poignant bolero-esque hop-skip-and-jump punctuated by Shimizu’s whisper-singing.

“Crow" music by Yasuaki Shimizu, words by Satoshi J. Murakawa
Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax), Satoshi J. Murakawa (voice effect), Hideo Yamaki (drums), Masanori Sasaji (a. bass, a. piano, synthesizer), Rhythm Composer (clap), Masanori Sasaji, Seigen Ono (computer programming)

“Hako” music by Yasuaki Shimizu, words by Minako Yoshida
Yasuaki Shimizu (vocals, flute), Hideo Yamaki (drums), Masanori Sasaji (synthesizer), Masanori Sasaji, Seigen Ono (computer programming)

Release: 15 February 2017
Nippon Columbia/Jet Set JS7S153
Jet Set online shop
Also available from Light In The Attic Records (US)
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Kakashi
Fresh vinyl pressing out 15 February - pre-order now
Here it comes! By popular demand, the long-awaited re-pressing of Yasuaki Shimizu’s 1982 album Kakashi, first reissued last spring. A tapestry of minimalist dub built around Shimizu’s saxophone and ambient soundgrabs from a Japanese summer.

Release:15 February 2017
Nippon Columbia/Jet Set JSLP070
Jet Set online shop
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21. 12. 2016

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The New Adventures of Gigantor (Taiyo no Shisha Tetsujin 28-gou)
Gigantor fans rejoice! Limited edition Blu-ray release of the celebrated Mecha animated series with soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu
A special release of the animated adventures of the loveable giant robot, originally created in the 1960s by manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama. The 51-episode TV series Taiyo no Shisha Tetsujin 28-gou, from the 1980s, was directed by Tetsuo Imazawa with musical score by Shimizu. This HD Blu-ray edition is remastered from the 35mm film.

Release: 26 October 2016 (Blu-ray - Box 1), 21 December 2016 (Blu-ray - Box 2)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
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11. 12. 2016

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Intoxicate
Interview/review published
Shimizu talks with music critic Shinya Matsuyama about recording his new soundtrack album Natsume Soseki no Tsuma.

December issue
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Vinyl Factory
Excellent news!
Yasuaki Shimizu solo album Kakashi (1982) reaches No.4 on Vinyl Factory’s 30 Best Vinyl Reissues of 2016.

8 December
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Record Geijutsu
Review
Audiophile comparison of vinyl sound of Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes' Goldberg Variations double LP released this year, with original CD (SACD hybrid – high resolution audio).

December issue
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15. 11. 2016

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Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (Natsume Soseki's Wife)
Soundtrack album out 23 November
The NHK drama series Natsume Soseki no Tsuma tells the story of an unconventional marriage of opposites during Japan's period of cultural transformation in the late 19th century. The 70-minute soundtrack album contains 26 tracks, from the upbeat yet soulfully poetic theme "Atarashii Jidai Waltz" (Waltz for a New Era) to Mozart's "Abendempfindung an Laura," all composed or arranged and performed by Yasuaki Shimizu. The marriage of Soseki – the brilliant and methodical, yet mercurial writer – and his wife Kyoko – a big-hearted and determined soul – is expressed perfectly in the music via the addition of a dollop of humor, and the perfect balance of tension and ease.

Yasuaki Shimizu: tenor saxophone, piano, keyboard, programming

Release: 23 November 2016
Suzak Musik/Ideal Music NGS-1069
iTunes, Amazon, Tower Records, HMV
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8. 11. 2016

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Oni to Yobareta Otoko – Matsunaga Yasuzaemon (The Man Called Devil: Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
NHK TV drama wins Best Drama
The 2015 trilogy Keisei Saimin Otoko (The Pioneers of Japan's Economy), which includes one episode with soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu, takes Best Drama at the Tokyo Drama Awards 2016.

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3. 11. 2016

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Lense
Remix for Motion Graphics
Yasuaki Shimizu reworks “Lense,” from the self-titled solo album by NY-based electronic artist Motion Graphics (aka Joe Williams). Says thisyearinmusic, “Luscious melodies, succinct basslines, crisp vocals and a synth hook to send me off on a rapturous soliloquy. Avoid this at your peril…!”

Domino Recording Company
Release: 2 November 2016
Available for download only: iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, Boomkat

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UPDATE
9. 10. 2016
15. 9. 2016

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Goldberg Variations
The 'ultimate Goldberg’ - Shimizu's masterful interpretation for five saxophones and four contrabasses - out on vinyl
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes' Goldberg Variations (2015) – acclaimed for the performances, recording quality and attention to detail – will be released this November as a collector's limited edition double LP. High resolution audiophile pressing, direct cut from DSD master for pure analog brilliance. Gatefold jacket, 180g vinyl.

Release: 2 November 2016
Avex Classics AVJL-25893-94

Available from Amazon, Tower Records, HMV

Also released on CD from Avex Classics (2015)
Amazon, Tower Records, HMV, iTunes
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29. 9. 2016

Cutie and the Boxer
Shimizu-scored film strikes back at the Emmy's 2016
Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer (2013) directed by Zachary Heinzerling won Best Documentary at the 37th News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

http://emmyonline.com/news_37th_winners



UPDATE
16. 9. 2016
2. 8. 2016

Natsume Soseki no Tsuma (Natsume Soseki's Wife)
Music for TV. Four-episode Saturday drama, starts 24 September on NHK
This drama marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Natsume Soseki, one of Japan’s greatest and most popular authors. Described through the eyes of his wife Kioko, based on her autobiography, the man who emerges is moody, intriguing and hard-to-handle. Shimizu says, “During the Meiji era when Soseki lived, Western culture stormed Japan, changing it forever. It was a strange, transitional time, of men in topknots yet with walking sticks; women in traditional hairstyles and leather shoes. Writing the music, I drew on this uneasy in-betweenness."

Broadcast: Saturdays from 24 September to 15 October, 9pm on NHK-G
Rebroadcast: Saturdays from 1 October to 22 October, 12:10am (midnight) NHK-G

www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/souseki
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8. 9. 2016

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Meg
Close up on the upcoming Gifu concert
Yasuaki Shimizu talks about recording the Goldberg Variations two years ago in the outstanding acoustics of Salamanca Hall, Gifu. And a reminder: the Saxophonettes reprise this remarkable performance, live, at the same venue this November 26.

11 September, vol. 35
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30. 8. 2016

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Trans World Music Ways
On air Sunday 4 September: Saxophonettes 10th anniversary interview
The band chats about their years together and plans for the future.

4 September (Sun)
12 (midnight) –1am Music Bird, The Audio (Ch.124)
4–4:30am K-Mix
4:30–5am Tokyo FM, Radiko.jp
6–6:30am Community FM, SimulRadio
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UPDATE
30. 8. 2016
1. 4. 2016

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Attoiuma
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes 10th anniversary 2-days Live!
Shimizu “reincarnated" the Saxophonettes as an-all saxophone quintet in 2006, marking the occasion with a concert at the Roppongi venue SuperDeluxe. The show was titled “Attoiuma” (as in “attoiuma ni…” in a flash). Ten years later, the band return to where it all began. Two special concerts celebrate a decade that has indeed passed in a whirl – and a flurry of extraordinary work. Image projection by Tomoya Kishimoto with drawings by Lisa Schiavon.

Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax)
Hirokazu Hayashida, Ryoko Egawa, Ryota Higashi, Hiroshi Suzuki (saxophones)

24 September (Sat) 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)
25 September (Sun) 5pm (doors open 4:30pm)
SuperDeluxe
3-1-25-B1 Nishi Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
(Metro Hibiya Line or Oedo Line: Roppongi Station, 5min. walk from exit 3)

Tickets on sale from 18 June (Sat) 10am
4,500 yen, 4,000 yen in advance (plus drink)
Bookings: eplus http://eplus.jp
Reservations only and enquiries: SuperDeluxe 24 Sep, 25 Sep, 03-5412-0515

NB Guests who purchased eplus tickets in advance enter first in numerical order. Those with SuperDeluxe online reservations enter on a first-come-first-served basis, after eplus guests.
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3. 8. 2016

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The Session 2016
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes on air Tuesday 9 August
A special broadcast featuring previously unaired material from the NHK FM live-recording concert series The Session. Selections include Cello Suite No.1 "Gigue" and Goldberg Variations "Aria da Capo."

9 August (Tue) 4pm–6pm NHK FM
www4.nhk.or.jp/session
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14. 7. 2016

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More Better Days
Four Shimizu and Mariah tracks feature on historic label’s anniversary two-CD set, out July 20.
It has been 40 years since the launch of Better Days, the Nippon Columbia label with original repertoire ranging from progressive to funky to chilled-out. This double-album anniversary compilation by Chee Shimizu divides the material into categories “Avant-wave" and “Funky and Mellow.” It includes four tracks from Yasuaki Shimizu's 1980s Kakashi, and Mariah’s Utakata no Hibi. The vinyl edition is scheduled for late summer release from HMV. A slice of musical history.

Featured tracks on More Better Days:
“Semi Tori no Hi," “Yume Dewa” (Yasuaki Shimizu/Kakashi)
“Shonen,” “Shinzo no Tobira” (Mariah/Utakata no Hibi)

Release: 20 July 2016
Nippon Columbia COCB-54184/5
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7. 7. 2016

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Goldberg Variations
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes at Salamanca Hall this November 26
In concert! Shimizu's revolutionary arrangement of the Goldberg Variations with its intricate tonal mandala for five saxophones and four contrabasses featuring Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor saxophone), Hirokazu Hayashida, Ryoko Egawa, Ryota Higashi, Hiroshi Suzuki (saxophones), Pearl Alexander, Atsushi Kuramochi, Noriyuki Miyasaka, Daisuke Sasaki (contrabasses).

26 November (Sat) 2pm (doors open 1:30pm)
Salamanca Hall
5-14-53 Yabuta-minami, Gifu

Tickets on sale from 29 July (Fri)
S seat 3,000 yen, A seat 2,000 yen, Students 1,000 yen
Bookings: Lawson Ticket (L code 41666) 0570-084-004 http://l-tike.com, Ticket Pia (P code 299-592) 0570-02-9999 http://t.pia.jp, Gifu halls online booking https://www.shisetsuyoyaku-gifu.jp

Bookings and inquires: Fureai Fukuju Kaikan Service Center 058-277-1110
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6. 8. 2016

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Seigen Ono reissue includes exclusive bonus track
The 1984 recording Seigen features “Shikaruni Part 1” and “Kumo no Sokudo,” written and arranged for strings by Yasuaki Shimizu. Also includes the previously unreleased “Minasosoku," by Ono/Shimizu.

Release: 8 June 2016
JVC VICJ-61752
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Seigen/Utakata no Hibi/Kakashi in the press
Composer/engineer Seigen Ono describes making his album Seigén in his column, "Saidera Paradiso.” He also talks about the 1980s album Kakashi by Yasuaki Shimizu, and Utakata no Hibi by Shimizu’s band Mariah, both of which he recorded and mixed.

June issue vol.193
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24. 5. 2016

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Soundtrack includes "Prelude" from Bach's Cello Suite No.1, taken from Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes album Cello Suites.
Furusato (2010), directed by Hiromi Kusaka, is out now for rent/download through Amazon Video. The documentary visits some of Earth's most beautiful locations via images shot from space by the DAICHI Japanese Advanced Land Observation Satellite, and land-based 4K digital cameras.

Amazon Video
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21. 5. 2016

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Shimizu chats about the '80s
What was behind his music at the time, his inspiration.

Read full interview
19 May
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12. 5. 2016

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Reflective and gorgeous, a tune to take your breath away
Up now on YouTube, recorded at zig-BACH-zag-PENTA concert, Mitaka City Arts Center, Tokyo 10 December 2011. Featuring Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax) with Ryota Higashi and Hiroshi Suzuki (baritone sax).

YouTube: Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes – Hattorun (2011 live)

"Hattorun" from the Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes album Pentatonica (2007).
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26. 4. 2016

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Classic vinyl. Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes LP!
We just received the LP lacquer for a quality check of the Goldbergs before it goes to press. Check back for release schedule!
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21. 4. 2016

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TAPAKASHI premiere appearance at SuperDeluxe 14 June
Test Tone series curated by Cal Lyall presents Into the Troposphere, a night of experimental, jazz and world music. TAPAKASHI performs from 10pm: Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax) Carl Stone (laptop computer), Yumiko Tanaka (e. taishogoto, shamisen) and Pearl Alexander (contrabass).

Also featuring
DJ: Evil Penguin
Shoji Hano and Ninni Morgia (from NYC)
Yoshio Machida and Cal Lyall

14 June (Tue) 8pm (doors open 7:30pm)
SuperDeluxe
3-1-25-B1 Nishi Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
(Metro Hibiya Line or Oedo Line: Roppongi Station, 5min. walk from exit 3)

Tickets: 2,800 yen, 2,500 yen in advance (plus drink)
Bookings and inquires: SuperDeluxe 03-5412-0515
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19. 4. 2016

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Two albums reviewed on music site Aquarium Drunkard
After last year’s Palto Flats reissue of the 1983 Mariah's Utakata no Hibi there is also a renewed interest in the 1982 Yasuaki Shimizu's solo album Kakashi. Read full review

Utakata no Hibi
Shimizu, the brains behind the Mariah records, was looking way beyond the horizon, discovering a frontier ahead of its time that married stately and mysterious Eastern grace with futuristic sounds of propulsive, industrial textures, disco/dub rhythms, space jazz and gorgeous, oceanic tones.

Kakashi
What Shimizu creates here is an art rock record of the highest order – one that blazes through genre and categorization with a bold and visionary appetite for creativity and experimentation.

Aquarium Drunkard, 19 April
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5. 4. 2016

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Kakashi
Summer dub! Pre-order now. Limited edition vinyl reissue from Jet Set
Yasuaki Shimizu's 1982 solo album Kakashi (Scarecrow) is built on minimalist dub, plus a collage of sounds and grooves evoking a Japanese summer. Croaking frogs and buzzing cicadas, chindonya street performers, radio noise, and toys, a total tapestry of textures as only Shimizu can weave.

Yasuaki Shimizu (vocals, saxophones, clarinets, flute, trumpet, piano, mallets, drums, percussion, charango, electronics, tapes, toys, noises)

Aki Ikuta (bass, guitar), Hideo Yamaki (trap drums, bass drum, chanchiki, percussion)
Morio Watanabe (bass, engawa: balafon, wind bells), Takayuki Hijikata (guitar)
Masanori Sasaji (marimba), Dompei Kanezaki (trumpet)
Johnny Barrett (Frenchman, Irishman), Koji Yamaguchi (French horn)
Mitsuru Orikasa, Tomio Yajima (cello)

Tracks: A1. Suiren, A2. Kakashi, A3. Kono Yoni Yomeri (Sono 1), A4. Semi Tori no Hi, B1. Kono Yoni Yomeri (Sono 2), B2. Yume Dewa, B3. Umi no Ue Kara, B4. Utsukushiki Tennen

Hear samples at Jet Set

Release: 20 May 2016
Jet Set JSLP-070
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3. 2. 2016

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Just Breathing
Excerpt from live video now up on YouTube
Bigger than man-size! Yasuaki Shimizu blows an almost 2-meter-high contrabass saxophone in this premiere improvisational, interactive concert from the 2013 Aichi Triennale. Performing with computer music pioneer Carl Stone, the duo play off video projections of Shimizu as he emerges like a giant ghost on stage. The show takes its premise from Samuel Beckett's Breath: Breathing = air pressure = sound.

YouTube: Yasuaki Shimizu and Carl Stone - Just Breathing (2013)
Comments by the artists

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21. 1. 2016

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Research 2016
Diversions in dreamland – the saxophone and space
In his unending quest to uncover new resonant spaces, Shimizu checked out the cavernous flood protection tank at the Underground Discharge Channel in Saitama. It is the world's largest underground diversion facility – should make for some good sounds.
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15. 1. 2016

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The Wandering Peddlers (Tabisuru Pao-Jiang-Hu)
Screening at Za Koenji Documentary Festival
Rollicking honky-tonk realism. Rare opportunity to enjoy on the big screen this classic Mitsuo Yanagimachi documentary of a traveling Taiwanese troupe, first released in 1995. Soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu. Yanagimachi will give a talk following the screening.
See the film trailer


8 February (Mon) 1pm
Za Koenji 2
2-1-2 Koenji-kita, Suginami-ku

Tickets on sale now
Bookings: Za-Koenji Ticket Box 03-3223-7300, Pia (P code 466-540) 0570-02-9999
For more information contact Za-Koenji Documentary Festival 03-5570-3551
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UPDATE
7. 1. 2016
3. 12. 2015

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Utakata no Hibi
Interviews with Yasuaki Shimizu
Mastermind Shimizu reflects on the atmosphere and happenings around his 1980s band Mariah and the making of its landmark album Utakata no Hibi, which was reissued in September 2015.

zZound
1 January

Red Bull Music Academy
3 December
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3. 1. 2016

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Juvenile
Broadcast on 5 January
SF film Juvenile (2000) directed by Takashi Yamazaki on NHK BS Premium. Music by Yasuaki Shimizu. Hear the theme "Meet The Future" on YouTube.

5 January (Tue) 9pm NHK Prime
www.nhk.or.jp/bs
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UPDATE
25. 12. 2015
28. 9. 2015

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Utakata no Hibi
Mariah album chosen “Best Reissue 2015”
Reviews


Resident Advisor
22 December ("Shinzo no Tobira" No.25, RA Poll: Top 50 Tracks of 2015)

14 December (No.11, RA Poll: Top 20 Albums of 2015)

22 September

20 August


Juno Plus
7 December (No.1 in Best of 2015 Top 10 Reissues)

23 October

20 August


The Vinyl Factory
4 December (No.3 in 30 Best Vinyl Reissues of 2015)

Fact
3 December (25 Best Reissues of 2015: No.5)

Racket Racket
9 November

Pitchfork
25 September (Best New Reissue)

The Drone
8 September

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9. 12. 2015

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Oni to Yobareta Otoko – Matsunaga Yasuzaemon (The Man Called Devil: Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Pre-order DVD now
The NHK TV drama Oni to Yobareta Otoko – Matsunaga Yusuzaemon (The man called devil: Matsunaga Yusuzaemon) which was aired last September will be released on DVD in January 2016. Directed by Takeshi Shibata, soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu.

Release: 29 January 2015
NHK Enterprise NSDS-21310
Amazon, Tower Records
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UPDATE
25. 11. 2015
6. 7. 2015

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Goldberg Variations
Four videos now up on YouTube!
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes perform the "Aria” and three Variations at Tokyo Opera City, 24 May 2015.

YouTube: Aria, Variation 8, Variation 19, Variation 26
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29. 10. 2015

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Emotional Syndicate
Three-way live performance at SuperDeluxe 14 November
Yasuaki Shimizu on tenor saxophone joins butoh dancer Taketeru Kudo and Michael Pestel on flute and his wondrous bird machine. 

14 November (Sat) 7:30pm (doors open 7pm)
SuperDeluxe
3-1-25-B1 Nishi Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
(Metro Hibiya Line or Oedo Line: Roppongi Station, 5min. walk from exit 3)

Tickets: 3,500 yen, 3,000 yen in advance
Bookings and inquires: SuperDeluxe 03-5412-0515,  sdlx.jp/2015/11/14
Tokyo Guienkan 050-3553-5152, tokyoguienkan@gmail.com
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20. 10. 2015

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Link of Life
A collaborative exhibition at Shiseido Ginza
Part of this wide-ranging exhibition features music by Yasuaki Shimizu accompanying the photographic/moving image piece Link of Life, by photographer Mote Sinabel Aoki. Aoki's work will be familiar to those who have seen the artwork for Shimizu's 1990s Cello Suites albums, among others. The exhibition was inspired by Shiseido scientists who wanted to give shape to their research, and inner thoughts.

Link of Life: Feel. Touch. The Big CoLab
Directed by Dai Fujiwara
Organized by Shiseido

23 October (Fri)–28 (Wed) 11am–8pm (free admission)
Shiseido Ginza Building, 1F-3F
7-5-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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13. 10. 2015

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Tensai Sakkyokuka Hayasaka Fumio – Maboroshi no Teepu ga Kataru Shichinin no Samurai (The Seven Samurai Story from the Ghost Tapes of Genius Composer Hayasaka Fumio)
Rebroadcast on 20 October
WOWOW documentary about composer Fumio Hayasaka, focusing on his collaboration with director Akira Kurosawa for the film Seven Samurai. Directed by Taiji Harada. Original music by Yasuaki Shimizu.

Nonfiction W: Tensai Sakkyokuka Hayasaka Fumio – Maboroshi no Teepu ga Kataru Shichinin no Samurai
20 October (Tue) 1am WOWOW Prime

www.wowow.co.jp
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5. 10. 2015

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The Wandering Peddlers (Tabisuru Pao-Jiang-Hu)
Screening in Cinema Vera's road movie program from this October
Don't miss Mitsuo Yanagimachi's charming and quirky 1995 documentary on Taiwan's disappearing cult of travelling street performers and medicine-men. Soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu.
Screens in a Yanagimachi double-feature together with another film by the director.
See the film trailer


10 October (Sat) 11am, 3pm, 7pm
13 October (Tue) 1pm, 5:05pm, 9pm
16 October (Fri) 11am, 2:20pm, 5:40pm, 9pm
Cinema Vera Shibuya
Murayama-cho 1-5, Kinohaus 4F, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
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29. 9. 2015

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Alone – Best 15 Mellow Tracks by FPM
Best-of album out 30 September features Yasuaki Shimizu
Compilation by DJ/producer Tomoyuki Tanaka celebrates two decades of FPM (Fantastic Plastic Machine),Tanaka's solo project. Features Shimizu’s tenor saxophone rendition of Franz Liszt's "Ai no Yume" (Liebesträume No.3). The song appeared in 2009 as the soundtrack to the first online Uniqlo calendar.

Release: 30 September 2015
Avex Trax AVCD-93275
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28. 9. 2015

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Oni to Yobareta Otoko – Matsunaga Yasuzaemon (The Man Called Devil: Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
NHK TV drama midnight rebroadcast

This Friday 2 October, rebroadcast of historical drama Oni to Yobareta Otoko – Matsunaga Yusuzaemon. Music by Yasuaki Shimizu.

Broadcast: 2 October (Fri) midnight 0:10am NHK-G
www.nhk.or.jp
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15. 9. 2015

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Cutie and the Boxer
Tune in on POV / PBS television

Documentary film directed by Zachary Heinzerling with music by Yasuaki Shimizu, playing on US public TV this Friday at 10pm.

Check this site for local listings: www.pbs.org/pov/cutieandtheboxer
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UPDATE
10. 9. 2015
14. 5. 2015

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Oni to Yobareta Otoko – Matsunaga Yasuzaemon (The Man Called Devil: Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
NHK TV drama broadcasts 19 September

The third installment of the NHK TV trilogy Keisei Saimin no Otoko, the drama Oni to Yobareta Otoko – Matsunaga Yusuzaemon (The man called devil: Matsunaga Yusuzaemon), marks 90 years since the start of radio broadcasts in Japan, and focuses on the life of businessman Yasuzaemon Matsunaga, renowned for rebuilding Japan’s electrical supply during the post-war period. He was also known as "Denryoku no Oni – the electricity demon." Soundtrack scored by Yasuaki Shimizu.

Directed by Takeshi Shibata who also collaborated with Shimizu on the NHK TV drama Mou Hitotsu no Shinzo, and on the radio drama Zan’e.
Broadcast: 19 September (Sat) 9–10pm NHK-G

www.nhk.or.jp
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25. 8. 2015

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Utakata no Hibi
Exciting news! Cult album remastered and reissued in its original double-LP format
Utakata no Hibi (Fugitive Days) is the final recording of Yasuaki Shimizu’s band Mariah, and represents the culmination of Shimizu's early-'80s work. Still fresh to the ears after more than three decades, the album released in 1983 weaves traditional Japanese festival rhythms with rock/pop textures and vocals in Armenian and Japanese. Released worldwide through New York label Palto Flats in its original double-LP/12-inch 45rpm format, remastered by Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin. Includes English translation of the lyrics and additional artwork by the original jacket artist Yla Okudaira.

Yasuaki Shimizu (vocals, saxophones, bass clarinet, piano, keyboards)
Hideo Yamaki (drums, backing vocals), Takayuki Hijikata (guitar), Masanori Sasaji (keyboards), Morio Watanabe (bass, backing vocals), Julie Fowell (vocals)
Seta Evanian, Julie Fowell (Armenian lyrics), Aki Ikuta, Jimmy Murakawa (Japanese lyrics)

Tracks: A1. Sokokara, A2. Shisen, B1. Hana ga Saitara, C1. Fujiyu na Nezumi, C2. Sora ni Mau Maboroshi, D1. Shinzo no Tobira, D2. Shonen

Listen to samples from Palto Flats SoundCloud

Release: 18 September 2015
Palto Flats PFLP-003

Download from iTunes, Emusic, Spotify and other major platforms. Also available through Amazon in Japan.
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24. 8. 2015

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Tensai Sakkyokuka Hayasaka Fumio – Maboroshi no Teepu ga Kataru Shichinin no Samurai (The Seven Samurai Story from the Ghost Tapes of Genius Composer Hayasaka Fumio)
Rebroadcast on 1 September
WOWOW documentary about composer Fumio Hayasaka, focusing on his collaboration with director Akira Kurosawa for the film Seven Samurai. Directed by Taiji Harada. Original music by Yasuaki Shimizu.

Nonfiction W: Tensai Sakkyokuka Hayasaka Fumio – Maboroshi no Teepu ga Kataru Shichinin no Samurai
1 September (Tue) 5pm WOWOW Prime

www.wowow.co.jp
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6. 8. 2015

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The Session 2015
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes recorded live. On air 23 August
A veritable compressed history of the Saxophonettes, recorded live for NHK FM "The Session 2015.” The hour-long performance includes songs from the album Pentatonica and the new Goldberg Variations.

Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax)
Ryoko Egawa, Ryota Higashi, Hiroshi Suzuki, Masanori Oishi* (saxophones)
Daisuke Sasaki, Atsushi Kuramochi, Naoko Nakamura (contrabasses)
*Masanori Oishi appears in place of Saxophonettes member Hirokazu Hayashida

On air: 23 August (Sun) 10:30-11:30pm NHK FM
Rebroadcast: 28 August (Fri) 10-11am

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25. 7. 2015

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Goldberg Variations
Reviews of concert at Tokyo Opera City, 24 May 2015


The Sax
September issue vol. 72

Brass Tribe

Summer issue vol. 36
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14. 7. 2015

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Goldberg Variations
On air this Saturday
NHK FM program "Classic no Meikyu" (Classical Maze) plays selections from the Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes' Goldberg Variations album.

On air: 18 July (Sat) 10–11pm NHK FM
Rebroadcast: 20 July (Mon) 10–11am
Host: Morihide Katayama

http://www4.nhk.or.jp
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17. 6. 2015

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The Wandering Peddlers (Tabisuru Pao-Jiang-Hu)
Pre-order now. DVD out 4 August
First-time DVD release of Mitsuo Yanagimachi’s 1995 documentary about traveling street performers and medicine peddlers in Taiwan, soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu.

See the film trailer
Pre-order from: Amazon, Tower Records, HMV

Release: 4 August
Dimention DIGS-1004
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5. 6. 2015

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Voices of Aliveness
Full video now on YouTube

Voices of Aliveness (2012) – spiraling GPS-tracked bicycle rides and shouting voices in Morse code. Multimedia project by artist Masaki Fujihata, with music/sound direction by Yasuaki Shimizu.

View in 3D on VOA website: http://voicesofaliveness.net

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27. 5. 2015

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Camus? Connais pas (Camus Nante Shiranai)
Screening in Paris
Mitsuo Yanagimachi's 2005 film Camus? Connais pas (Who's Camus Anyway), with soundtrack by Yasuaki Shimizu, is screening In the Paysages du cinema Japonais series at Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris.

16 May (Sat) 5:30pm
3 June (Wed) 7:30pm
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
101 bis, quai Branly, 7501 5 Paris
For more information contact MCJP 01-4437-9501

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UPDATE
25. 5. 2015
18. 5. 2015

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Goldberg Variations
Press

In Japanese

Realtokyo
Have a listen: you'll be irresistibly drawn to the cosmic reverberations of...exactly what instrument, it’s impossible to tell.
25 May


The Sax

June issue

Yahoo News
Hear the Goldberg Variations of Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes with echoes of Glenn Gould in 1956 and experience the new emotions that spring from this bending of dimensions.
22 May


Audio Accessory
The novel combination of sax and contrabass gives the mix of tone color and three-dimensional spatial expression fresh allure.... Bach's Variations expand in relation to the listener's capacity.
June issue

The Yomiuri Shimbun
21 May

The Record Geijutsu
June issue

The Asahi Shimbun
No matter how unconventional the arrangement, [Shimizu’s music] never loses the distinct dignity of Bach.
18 May

Realtokyo
"Dialogue Garden" column
16 May, vol. 19
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14. 5. 2015

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Goldberg Variations
New album tracks on the radio


Weekend Sunshine
On air: 16 May (Sat) 7:20–9am NHK FM
Host: Peter Barakan
http://www4.nhk.or.jp

Arico Peter's Restaurant
On air: 23 and 30 May (Sat) 8–9pm FM Kyoto
Host: Arico
http://fm-kyoto.jp


Sekai no Kaiteki Ongaku Selection
On air: 30 May (Sat) 9–11am NHK FM
Hosts: Gontiti
http://www4.nhk.or.jp







UPDATE
8. 5. 2015
18. 4. 2015

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Goldberg Variations
Press

In Japanese

Band Journal
June issue

The Japan News
30 April (in English)

Sound & Recording Magazine
The contrabasses add low-frequency dynamics to the spatial sweep of the saxophone ensemble.
May–June issue


Intoxicate
Yasuaki Shimizu's Bach, and Bach's Yasuaki Shimizu, are back at last. … A brilliant sax and bass ensemble with a different feel again to that of the Cello Suites – naturally with plenty of curve balls thrown in.
vol. 115


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1. 5. 2015

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The Session 2015
Audience wanted. Be part of Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes live public recording for NHK FM program "The Session 2015." Fureai Hall, Tokyo 25 June

Concert will feature selections from the group's entire repertoire, including pieces from the 2007 album Pentatonica and the new release Goldberg Variations (2015). Concert to be broadcast this summer. Check this page for updates.

Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax)
Ryoko Egawa, Higashi Ryota, Hiroshi Suzuki, Masanori Oishi (saxophones)
Daisuke Sasaki, Atsushi Kuramochi, Naoko Nakamura (contrabasses)

* Masanori Oishi will appear in place of Saxophonettes member Hirokazu Hayashida.

Recording date and time: 25 June (Thu) 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)
NHK Fureai Hall, Jinnan 2-2-1, Shibuya, Tokyo

Tickets by invitation draw only
Send your application by postcard to NHK FM/The Session 2015 from 1 May and 9 June. See NHK Net Club website for information (in Japanese)
Inquiries: Hello Dial 03-5777-8600

The Session 2015
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Trans World Music Ways
On air: tracks from the Saxophonettes’ new album Goldberg Variations and interview with Shimizu, Ryota Higashi, Hirota Suzuki, and contrabassists Naoko Nakamura and Noriyuki Miyasaka

On air: 3 May (Sun) Music Bird, The Audio (Ch.124)
12 (midnight) –1am, 4:30-5am Tokyo FM, Radiko.jp
4– 4:30am K-Mix
6–6:30am Community FM

10 May (Sun) “Weekend Specials”
4 –7pm, Music Bird, The Classic (Ch. 121)
Rebroadcast: 16 May (Sat) 12–3pm

Music Bird
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Audiotte Ongaku da!
Interview on Music Bird radio

Audiotte Ongaku da! (Hi-fi is music!): Shimizu chats with audiophile Yutaka Suzuki about recording the Saxophonettes’ new album Goldberg Variations.

On air: 16 April (Thu) 9–10am and 8–9pm Music Bird, The Audio (Ch.124)
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Transino
TV CM tie-up

Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes’ Goldberg Variations "Variation 14” for cosmetic supplement “Transino White C” airing now.
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Press
In Japanese


The Mainichi Shimbun
Classical music, yet somehow different. The “difference" is what makes Shimizu’s music what it is.
30 April


CD Journal
Johann Sebastian cloaked in a stylish kimono: welcome to the “world music” future of Bach.
Published 14 April (online edition)
May issue


Net Audio
The nuances and tempo of each Variation evolve in exhilarating freestyle fashion. Utterly compelling … lures us away to myriad destinations.…
Summer issue vol. 18


Stereo
Shimizu's sound is a sensual pleasure, a balm to both ears and mind. A beguiling 66 minutes that never falter.
May issue


Bravo
Shimizu's rendering is a lot more than mere instrumentation.
May issue


Realtokyo
Shimizu’s explorations that began with the Cello Suites reach their pinnacle here.
28 February
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1. 4. 2015
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Goldberg Variations
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes new album out 15 April
A new genre for a new era…Shimizu's 'Ultimate Goldberg' heralds the arrival of ‘baroque contemporary’ music!

Shimizu's revolutionary interpretation of the Goldberg Variations for five saxophones and four contrabasses thrilled audiences in 2010. But he didn’t stop with the live performance. Drilling deep into his Bach experience, he honed his arrangements and redoubled rehearsals before reassembling the band to record the epic work in the exquisitely resonant Salamanca Hall in Gifu prefecture. Indeed, the Saxophonettes play the acoustics of the hall as if they were another instrument.

Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax)
Hirokazu Hayashida (soprano, alto sax), Ryoko Egawa (alto, soprano sax)
Ryota Higashi (baritone sax), Hiroshi Suzuki (baritone, tenore, alto sax)
Daisuke Sasaki, Naoko Nakamura, Noriyuki Miyasaka, Atsushi Kuramochi (contrabasses)

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Release: 15 April 2015
Avex-Classics AVCL-25869

DSD digital recording, SACD-Hybrid disc
Available for pre-order now: iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Tower Records

Simultaneous release in high-resolution audio on 15 April
Available for download in two formats: DSD 2.8MHz and WAV (PCM) 24bit/96kHz from
E-onkyo, Mora, Ototoy
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18. 2. 2015

performance
Goldberg Variations
Tickets for Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes album launch concert now on sale Tokyo Opera City, Sunday 24 May

A triple-treat that juxtaposes Shimizu’s ever-evolving Bach repertoire, the stellar performances of the Saxophonettes, and the grand space of the concert hall.

Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax)
Hirokazu Hayashida (soprano, alto sax), Ryoko Egawa (alto, soprano sax)
Ryota Higashi (baritone sax), Hiroshi Suzuki (bariton, tenore, alto sax)
Daisuke Sasaki, Naoko Nakamura, Noriyuki Miyasaka, Atsushi Kuramochi, (contrabasses)

24 May (Sun) 2pm (doors open 1:30pm)
Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
3-20-2-3F Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(Keio New line: Hatsudai Station, 5min walk from East exit)

Tickets on sale from 7 March (Sat) 10am
S seat 6,500 yen, A seat 5,500 yen, B seat 4,500 yen

Bookings: Ticket Space 03-3234-9999, Ticket Pia (P code 257-364) 0570-02-9999 http://t.pia.jp, eplus http://eplus.jp/, Lawson Ticket (L code 38680) 0570 -084-003 http://l-tike.com, Tokyo Opera City Ticket Center 03-5353-9999, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Ticket Service 03-5685-0650

Bookings and inquires: Ticket Space 03-3234-9999 (Mon–Sat 10am–12pm/1pm–6pm)
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15. 2. 2015

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Kakashi
Yasuaki Shimizu solo album reissued on High Quality CD
First released in 1982, this long-seller is one of Shimizu's favorite recordings from among his early 1980s albums. Now available in HQCD, for a sound that's very close to the original studio master.

Release: 4 March 2015
Nippon Columbia COCB-54148
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13. 11. 2014

performance
Pierre Barouh Live
Guest appearance at Saravah Tokyo on Sunday 7 December


Pierre Barouh (vocals)
Atsushi Abe (piano), Hiroshi Yoshino (bass), Tomohiro Yahiro (percussion)
Guests: Yasuaki Shimizu (tenor sax), Shiro Sano (Rodoku), Yuga (vocals)

7 December (Sun) 7pm (doors open 6pm)
Saravah Tokyo
1-29-1-B1 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(7min walk from JR Shibuya Station)
Tickets: 5,000 yen (incl. 1 drink), 4,500 yen in advance
Bookings and inquires: Saravah Tokyo 03-6427-8886 (Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 2pm-6pm) / contact@saravah.jp Online ticket sales: http://l-amusee.com/saravah
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UPDATE 
4. 11. 2014
23. 9. 2014

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Cutie and the Boxer
Grierson winner
Cutie and the Boxer takes home the Bertha Dochouse Best Cinema Documentary prize at Grierson 2014: The British Documentaries Awards. Congrats to the team!

See Grierson Awards website for more information

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31. 10. 2014

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Tensai Sakkyokuka Hayasaka Fumio – Maboroshi no Teepu ga Kataru Shichinin no Samurai (The Seven Samurai Story from the Ghost Tapes of Genius Composer Hayasaka Fumio)
WOWOW documentary broadcast on 8 November
Composer Fumio Hayasaka, who died of tuberculosis at the age of 41, was a giant of the cinema. His work with director Akira Kurosawa – for whom he scored masterpieces including Seven Samurai, Rashomon and Ikiru (To Live) – changed the course of Japanese film music. This new documentary on the 100th anniversary of his birth is based on recently discovered master tapes, the composer’s diary, manuscripts and other material related to Seven Samurai. Additional music is by Shimizu, whose approach is non-intrusive, subtlety intertwining with the historic composer’s scores.

Nonfiction W: Tensai Sakkyokuka Fumio Hayasaka – Maboroshi no Teepu ga Kataru Shichinin no Samurai.
WOWOW Prime
8 November (Sat) 1pm
Rebroadcast: 10 November (Mon) 12:00am (midnight), 21 December (Sun) 6:30am

www.wowow.co.jp
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16. 10. 2014

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Furusato: World Heritage Sites Viewed from Space (Furusato: Uchu Kara Mita Sekai Isan)
4K-HD documentary on Hikari TV from 27 October
The documentary film Furusato: World Heritage Sites Viewed from Space features super-precise 3D images of the Earth and World Heritage sites seen from space, combined with footage from observation satellite Daichi. With its score co-composed and supervised by Shimizu, the film was originally screened in Tokyo in Spring 2010, and in 3D format in theaters nationwide. Now it will be available on-demand in 4K-HD for unprecedented picture quality, through NTT’s Hikari TV.

Hikari TV 4K from 27 October
www.hikaritv.net/4k

See trailer: www.furusato-movie.com
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13. 10. 2014

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Finding Life After 55 (55-sai Kara no Hello Life)
NHK TV drama rebroadcast from 19 October
For the many fans of this endearing Shimizu-scored drama, the five-part series is about to be rebroadcast. Join our five late-middle-aged characters who relaunch their lives after reaching the early-senior milestone of 55.

55-sai Kara no Hello Life

NHK TV channel 1
19 October (Sun) 1:50am, Episode 1: Camping Car
20 October (Mon) 1:35am, Episode 2: Pet Loss
22 October (Wed) 2:15am, Episode 3: Kekkon Sodanjo (Marriage Counsel)
26 October (Sun) 1:35am, Episode 4: Travel Helper, episode 5: Sora o Tobu Yume o mo Ichido (Another Dream to Fly)

Also currently playing on NHK pay-TV channel On Demand, and on Hikari TV (available in 4K-HD) from 27 October.

NHK On Demand: www.nhk-ondemand.jp
Hikari TV 4K: www.hikaritv.net/4k

www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/hellolife

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2. 10. 2014

Goldberg Variations
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes new album
The Goldberg Variations recording is complete! It went amazingly well. Now for post-production, and we’ll be mastering the album.
See photos from the sessions.


23. 9. 2014

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Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2014
Experimental tea ceremony performed by Satsuki Chigusa, Yasuaki Shimizu and Taketeru Kudo. Institut Francais de Japon – Kansai, Kyoto, Saturday 4 October
Shimizu joins tea master Satsuki Chigusa and butoh dancer Taketeru Kudo in an experimental tea ceremony as part of Nuit Blanche Kyoto. This is the sister event to Paris’s Nuit Blanche – White Night – a one-night event held across the city every autumn for people to enjoy art. The theme in Kyoto this year is “Modern Art Meets Traditional Crafts.” The ceremony space is a tea house without walls – a square frame of bamboo poles, a “tea house of illusion,” erected in the garden of the Institut Francais in Kyoto.

4 October (Sat) 7:30pm–8:10pm
Institut Francais du Japon - Kansai
8 Izumidono-cho, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
(Keihan line: Demachiyanagi Station, 12 min. walk from exit 2)
Free admission
Bookings and inquires: Institut Francais du Japon - Kansai 075-761-2105

www.nuitblanche.jp/en
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12. 8. 2014

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Lilou’s Adventure (Lilou no Boken)
Izuru Kumasaka's film opens in Japanese cinemas 23 August
Double prize-winner, Grand Prix and International Critics Prize, at the 2012 Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CINDI) Lilou's Adventure is the story of Lilou, a young Japanese/Guinean girl growing up in Okinawa, and her search for Kokoro, her schoolmate and only friend, who has gone missing. The film depicts a universal struggle – trying to regain happiness amid adversity, and to keep dreaming. With Shimizu's soundtrack, the film draws you into an enchanting new world – is it fantasy or reality?

See the trailer


Screening:  23 August (Sat)–5 September (Fri) 8:50pm, Eurospace, Shibuya
13 September (Sat)–19 (Fri) Late Show, Nagoya Cinematheque
Sakurazaka theater, Naha, Okinawa in September, and other theaters in Japan
Please check respective theater websites for detailed screening schedule.
http://lilous-adventure.com
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55-sai Kara no Hello Life
About the soundtrack album

Sound & Recording Magazine
Soundscapes woven not just by saxophone, but the exquisite positioning of violin, cello and more—this is Shimizu at his best.
September issue
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26. 6. 2014

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55-sai Kara no Hello Life
Yasuaki Shimizu’s soundtrack album out on 2 July
Twenty-six-track album follows high-rating initial episodes of 55-sai Kara no Hello Life drama by NHK.

Release: 2 July
Suzak Musik/Ideal Music NGCS-1042
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Cutie and the Boxer
Blu-ray and DVD Japan release
Nominated this year for Best Documentary Oscar, the Shimizu-scored film Cutie and the Boxer is set for Japanese release in Blu-ray and DVD. The special edition discs feature director’s interview, deleted scenes, and Ushio's boxing painting performance.

Release: 9 July *Simultaneous rental release
Blu-ray: Special Edition KIXF-217
DVD: KIBF-1297, Special Edition KIBF-1296

King Records
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20. 6. 2014

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SYO
From the press

Sound & Recording Magazine
Floats with supreme ease between soaring interplay and craftsman-like precision.
July issue

CD Journal
Suffused with compelling tones of sophisticated musicality.
July issue

Intoxicate
A new release that hones the ears.
June issue vol. 110

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11. 6. 2014

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Finding Life After 55 (55-sai Kara no Hello Life)
NHK TV drama to air from 14 June, music by Yasuaki Shimizu
This five-episode drama based on the book 55-sai Kara no Hello Life by novelist Ryu Murakami, depicts fresh starts made by five characters on passing the 55-year mark in their lives. Perfectly ordinary everyday events that could happen to anyone are rife with anxiety when they coincide with soul-searching attempts to “start all over again.” Shimizu’s soundtrack resonates poignantly with the drama of late 50-somethings attempting a new way of life. The characters are played by well-loved actors Lily Franky, Jun Fubuki, Mieko Harada, Kaoru Kobayashi and Issey Ogata. The episodes will be broadcast at 9pm on five consecutive Saturdays from 14 June to 12 July.

See trailer with Shimizu comment: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/hellolife

55-sai Kara no Hello Life
9pm every Saturday 14 June–12 July NHK TV channel 1
Episode 1: Camping Car (Lily Franky)
Episode 2: Pet Loss (Jun Fubuki)
Episode 3: Kekkon Sodanjo (Marriage Counsel) (Mieko Harada)
Episode 4: Travel Helper (Kaoru Kobayashi)
Episode 5: Sora o Tobu Yume o mo Ichido (Another Dream to Fly) (Issey Ogata)
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Goldberg Variations
Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes new album
Shimizu’s at work on his new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for five saxophones and four double-basses, originally commissioned by Sumida Triphony Hall and premiered to great acclaim in Tokyo in 2010. The rehearsals start later this month, with recording from mid-July in Gifu prefecture.

Check back here and Shimizu’s Facebook page for updates
 


9. 6. 2014

Audiotte Ongaku da!
Interview on Music Bird radio
Shimizu chats with audiophile Yutaka Suzuki on his program Audiotte Ongaku da! (Hi-fi is music!) about the recording of SYO, the new album by Yasuaki Shimizu, Hideo Yamaki and Gen Ogimi.

On air: 12 June (Thu) 10–11pm Music Bird, The Jazz (Ch.122)
Rebroadcast: 14 June (Sat) 10–11am, 15 June (Sun) 7–8am

Music Bird
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7. 6. 2014

New Disc Jazz 
USEN cable channel picks up four tracks from SYO album.
The USEN New Disc Jazz channel is putting into rotation four songs from the new album by Yasuaki Shimizu, Hideo Yamaki and Gen Ogimi. The tracks “Sokokara Ima,” “Tsubo Saxo," “Sasame Yuki” and “Mabataki  will be on the playlist from 7 to 13 June  

13 (Sat)–7 (Fri) June New Disc Jazz, C-50 channel
*Continuous broadcast, two-hour program

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17. 4. 2014

SYO
Collaborative album by Yasuaki Shimizu, Hideo Yamaki and Gen Ogimi out 6 June on Shiosai Zizo label
This free-form venture brings together three artists — the SYO of the title — Shimizu on sax, long-time friend Yamaki on drums, and first-time collaborator Ogimi on percussion, each riffing off the others in an enchanting and intoxicating blend of acoustic and electronics.
Also the producer, Shimizu spent many hours on the post-production, trimming and tweaking this “musical bonsai” in the studio for months to create a quirky, subtle and harmonious mix. The results are refreshingly unrestrained, playfully pure Yasuaki Shimizu.
In his words: Although we listen through amps and speakers, we also hear music inside our heads and hearts. Sound always changes depending on where we are and how we feel. That’s particularly true of this recording. It’s like a live performance, it changes every time you listen. What you hear coming out of your speakers is... “Living SYO!”


Tracks: 1. Monsieur Coulmier, 2. Sokokara Ima, 3. Body Percussion, 4. Gaze, 5. Tsubo Saxo, 6. Sasame Yuki, 7. Shortwave, 8. Tanada, 9. SYO Vox, 10. Mabataki

Yasuaki Shimizu: tenor sax, body percussion, keyboards, treatments, voice
Hideo Yamaki: drums, balaphone, body percussion, voice
Gen Ogimi: percussion, body percussion, voice

Release 6 June
Shiosai Zizo SHCZ-0053
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19. 3. 2014


Academy Awards
Pics from the Oscars 2014
Just being nominated was like winning! Shimizu struts the red carpet in Hollywood together with the Cutie and the Boxer team. See more photos.


26. 2. 2014


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Cutie and the Boxer
Shimizu to appear at DocuDay LA screening on Saturday 1 March, Hollywood
Yasuaki Shimizu will join the Q&A at Writers Guild Theater (WGA) after this screening of Cutie and the Boxer, part of the International Documentary Association's introduction of films ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday 2 March.

1 March (Sat) 11am
Writers Guild Theater
135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
For more information contact IDA 213-232-1660




24. 1. 2014

Getz/Gilberto +50
Guest appearance with Getz/Gilberto Lovers
Billboard Live Tokyo, Wednesday 19 March
Overwhelming popular demand reunites many of the artists featured on this unique tribute album, including Shimizu on tenor saxophone, for this one-off live performance. Getz/Gilberto +50 was released last June, and won first prize in the 2013 Brazil Disc Awards, sponsored by J-WAVE and Latina Magazine.

Click here for info on Getz/Gilberto +50 album

Getz/Gilbert Lovers: Goro Ito (gt), Haruomi Hosono (vo), Asako Toki (vo), Toku (vo), Yasuaki Shimizu (t.sax), Naruyoshi Kikuchi (t.sax), Yosuke Yamashita (p), Masayasu Tsuboguchi (p), Akita Goldman (bs), Midorin (dr)

19 March (Wed)
1st set: 7pm (doors open 5:30pm)
2nd set: 9:30pm (doors open 8:45pm)
Billboard Live Tokyo
Tokyo Midtown, Garden Terrace 4F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(Roppongi Station. Direct link from Metro Oedo or Hibiya line)

Tickets on sale from 31 January (Fri)
Service Area 7,800 yen; Casual Area 5,800 yen
Bookings and inquires: Billboard Live Tokyo 03-3405-1133
www.billboard-live.com
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Cutie and the Boxer
Oscar nod for Documentary Feature caps amazing year for Shimizu-scored film
The award-winning movie Cutie and the Boxer, directed by Zachary Heinzerling, has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 86th Academy Awards. The award ceremony will be held on 2 March at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.




13. 1. 2014

Zan'e
Radio horror score
Shimizu realizes a long-held dream with his first horror soundtrack, composed for the radio-play adaptation of the novel Zan’e by Fuyumi Ono. Listeners may find that with the absence of pictures, the sound becomes even more exquisitely creepy. Produced by Takeshi Shibata, who collaborated with Shimizu in 1997 on the NHK TV drama Mou Hitotsu no Shinzo.

NHK FM Theater: Zan’e
Broadcast: 18 January (Sat) 10–10:50pm
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UPDATE 
10. 1. 2014
11. 12. 2013

Cutie and the Boxer
Three-award sweep at Cinema Eye Honors 2014!
Yasuaki Shimizu's score for the documentary film Cutie and the Boxer has won Outstanding Achievement for Original Music Score at the Cinema Eye Honors for nonfiction filmmaking. The film also collected the Debut Feature Picture and Graphic/Animation awards.
Congratulations to the Cutie team!
www.cinemaeyehonors.com

The amazingly powerful score by Yasuaki Shimizu adds even more to the almost operatic weight of the movie's central love story. Shimizu's music has the rare distinction of being one of the best scores of the year, nestled inside one of the year's best documentaries.
—Indiewire

The musical pleasure flows from Yasuaki Shimizu's remarkable score, which includes a Bach cello suite as you've never heard it before.
—Wall Street Journal





Cinema eye honors