Monthly Archives: May 2016

Fun event on Thursday, May 19th at CERES GALLERY

◆Thursday, May 19th
JAZZ MUSIC FROM JAPAN AT CERES GALLERY (Free, open to the public)

This event is produced by Ms.Masayo Nishimura, photo grapher, is currently holding her exhibition, April 26 – May 21, 2016 at the Gallery.

I visited her exhibition yesterday, and looked her pictures hung on the wall, were wow! Her hometown was called, Senri-new town, Toyonaka-city, Osaka in Japan. Me personally, I felt a sorrowfulness from them. It connected to my childhood memories back in late 1980’s even though her pictures were taken by 4 years ago, in 2012.

“My Old New-Town 
About 50 years have passed since the “New Town” were constructed throughout Japan.The town populations now have a high proportion of senior citizens and a number of vacant houses are rising.  After her both parents passed, Nishimura started documenting the “New Town”  – her home town.”

butoh-jazz-from-japan-37pm
g.Nobuki Takamen
ts.Ryoju Fukushiro

7:30pm
“Flow”
Butoh performance by Susie Cowan, accompanied by me

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th St Suite 201 New York, NY 10001 (2nd floor )

 

 

Riyo’s Performances in the City (May,2016)

Here are my latest performances in the city

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◆Saturday, May 14th
at Phoenix Garden (Chinese restaurant)
242 East 40th St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY

7pm-10pm
p.Takafumi Suenaga
ts.Ryoju Fukushiro

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◆Thursday, May 19th
JAZZ MUSIC FROM JAPAN AT CERES GALLERY (Free, open to the public)butoh-jazz-from-japan-37pm
g.Nobuki Takamen
ts.Ryoju Fukushiro

7:30pm
“Flow”
Butoh performance by Susie Cowan, accompanied by me

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th St Suite 201 New York, NY 10001 (2nd floor )

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◆Saturday, April 23rd at Paris Blues
9:00pm – 1:00am
2021 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Blvd. (7th Ave.)
Harlem, New York 10027

-Antoine Dowdell Group-

p. Antoine Dowdell
g. Yoshiki Miura
b.TBA
ds. TBA
ts. Ryoju Fukushiro (Riyo)

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Jun, 2016, Performance in Japan

I will go back to my home town, Kyoto, Japan this end of May to perform couple of Jazz shows with my friends in Japan. These shows are unique events, so I would like to introduce each gig of highlight to you.

・Jun 1st, Wed
venue: 「Komu – うまいもんや こむ」(Japanese restaurant)
2016.6.1.こむJAZZ liveフライヤー
performer:
Shu Odamura(g)
Ryoju Fukushiro(ts)

Japanize full‐course meal of French cuisine with free drink
¥5,000 / per parson

Time:
7:00pm ~ 9:00pm

Kyoto city is where Shu Odamura, guitarist and I  was born and grew up. After high school graduation, Shu had gone to Boston, MA to gain his Jazz composition abilities at Berklee College of Music. He graduate there with Toshiko Akiyoshi Award, then move to New York City. He was hired as a film music maker of the independent movie “The Wishmakers”. Also, his minimal-music piece “Kitchen Talk” that was selected to air on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s radio program in Japan. In 2016, he released debut album, “Cloud Illusions” (What’s New Records.) The album is reviewed in Jazz Life and Jazz Japan Magazine. His remarkable guitar (nylon string) sound is the tinge of him.

In 2013, I (Ryoju) decided to re-learn Jazz music in the New York City. Since then, I went to Manhattan School of Music, and am current student of Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music). I’ve been performing mainly in Harlem, at “Paris Blues” with pianist, Antoine Dowdell since September, 2015. This constant performance works mean to me a lot. My current project is to form my original unit and sound influenced by atmosphere of Harlem. Just finished recording with, Craig Haynes(ds), Lonnie Plaxico(ds), Michael Raye(p) the other day.

If you are interested listening Shu and I playing in Kyoto, I would like to welcome you to this show.

Reservation:

ryojumusica.info@gmail.com  (Ryoju Fukushiro -Riyo-)

 

Access: Japan, 〒606-0833 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Shimogamo Maehagichō, 左京区下鴨前萩町5-6

 

Recording

May 4th, 2016, it was my first time recording in NYC. My ambition of producing my own musical art hasn’t changed since I started playing Saxophone. I had never known how to explain my unshakeable voice through the saxophone, or what is the effective way of Jazz quartet instrumentation to express my natural thoughts.

I revealed emotionally this to my elder friend in Japan, Trumpeter, Yukimoto Seiki-san one day.  He provided me a chance to be able to record with his best friends who currently live in the city.

Special thanks, Seiki Yukimo-san, and my sponsor.

Recording personnel:

Michael Raye(p), Lonnie Plaxico(b), Craig Haynes(ds), Ryoju Fukushiro[Riyo] (Sax, EWI)

 

Photographer: Michael Baumann

 

I’ll post more details after everything is done.

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