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Konbu
April 24th, 2007, 06:33
I am a music major and the music in Japan is one of the main reasons why I am joining JET this year.

The more Japanese musicians that I am learning about the more impressed I become with the level of musicianship coming out of Japan.

Here are some of the artist that I have been really impressed with lately.

If you know of any others please feel free to post them here. Though I really like jazz, classical, and electronic music the most, recommendations for any great musicians would be highly appreciated.

Thanks! and Enjoy!

Ryuichi Sakamoto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLz3vGPjMlA

Makoto Ozone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKA7Jm8BB_w

Yoko Kanno
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtxDGXS7BLQ

Hiromi Uehara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7gMN04zkA

GIBBY
April 24th, 2007, 06:39
I love Sakamoto. For some virtuoso guitar playing you should check out Matsumoto Takahiro from B'z. Where did you study? I'm also a music major. It's nice to know I"m not the only one lol.

Konbu
April 24th, 2007, 06:50
Cornish College of the Arts and Whitworth College. Thanks for the lead. It's good to meet a fellow music major. Where did you study?

GIBBY
April 24th, 2007, 12:34
I studied at the University of Regina... And thank you.... Ozone is fantastic. And with Gary Burton!!!! :D

Ini
April 24th, 2007, 15:39
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ25-glGRzI

This has been getting a lot of airplay recently

I'm really impressed by its subtle nuances

gobeavs
April 24th, 2007, 16:01
To the OP, I enjoyed all of those links. I love jazz and Hiromi Uehara was fanstastic. I'm hoping to get into Japanese music (not so much with the j-pop) when I get over there.

Also, to the other poster, I know a couple of Whitworth music majors who graduated a year or two ago ... perhaps unlikely that you know 'em, but you know, thought I'd note it anyway.

(I majored in poli sci despite some early years in jazz band on the alto sax)

Konbu
April 24th, 2007, 17:26
To the OP, I enjoyed all of those links. I love jazz and Hiromi Uehara was fanstastic. I'm hoping to get into Japanese music (not so much with the j-pop) when I get over there.

Also, to the other poster, I know a couple of Whitworth music majors who graduated a year or two ago ... perhaps unlikely that you know 'em, but you know, thought I'd note it anyway.

(I majored in poli sci despite some early years in jazz band on the alto sax)

Glad you enjoyed the links. Also, the music department at Whitworth is really small, so there is a good chance that I know them especially if they did any jazz, as I was lead tenor sax for the jazz band in 04'.

Bring your horn, the Japanese love jazz! I'm definitely bringing mine, and if I'm not placed to far away from a big city then maybe I'll get a few gigs on the side!

kakusei
April 24th, 2007, 18:12
DJ Krush is my favorite. he's instrumental hip hop, somewhat in the same vein of DJ Shadow (though pre-The Outsider). check out any of his stuff, but the "Stepping Stones" compilation is pretty slick as is the "Meiso" LP. He puts on some sick live shows as well...... Best tracks you should check out are "Meiso (Vocal Mix)", "Duality (2006 Mix)" (which he did together with Shadow), and "Kemuri (Untouchable Mix)". Hes got an awesome remix of Shadow's Organ Donor, but I cant seem to find it despite all my searching.....

If you want more mainstream kinda electronic stuff, Takkyu Ishino and Emma are pretty fuckin good.

samesong
April 24th, 2007, 18:14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ25-glGRzI

This has been getting a lot of airplay recently

I'm really impressed by its subtle nuances

If that's getting heavy airtime over there, I'm checking the other box on my Reply form.

natsume
April 25th, 2007, 01:22
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anJU1or6_L8&mode=related&search=

Konbu
April 25th, 2007, 02:55
Tokyo Jihen, What a great band, just the kind of stuff I am looking for! The lead singer Shiina Ringo reminds me of Yui from GO!GO!7188, also a killer band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG4Kz3nXfto


I am also a huge fan of Krush, I'll check out those tracks. If you know Krush then you probably have heard of Tatsuki (Blue Foundation). One of the best turntablists that I have seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKBt3hkHPQc

Thanks!

kurara
April 25th, 2007, 04:06
DJ Krush is my favorite.

He did a song with Luna Sea that I like (KISS feat DJ Krush).

As for me, I've recently started liking GazettE since a friend of mine is kidnapping me one of the nights of orientation to go to the Budokan and see them :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5jYjXY5ih4 <---the song I can't stop listening to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73IipKsDvSI <---second place in can't get out of my head

kakusei
April 25th, 2007, 11:10
I am also a huge fan of Krush, I'll check out those tracks. If you know Krush then you probably have heard of Tatsuki (Blue Foundation). One of the best turntablists that I have seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKBt3hkHPQc

Thanks!

ive only heard of him cuz of a track he did with Krush on Jaku.. decksathon i think it was called...

but shit... that video is fucking sick..... im gonna have to get more of this shit.... thanks for the info!

Ini
April 25th, 2007, 15:08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJLaenbHKLI

This also gets played a lot round these parts.