Monday Michiru Newsletter September 2009
11/23/2017 5:23:56 AM - Greetings!  I trust everyone had a great summer and are now buckling back to work as kids gets back into school allowing some semblance of normalcy to let us parents focus on being productive again.

It has been a long time since I wrote a newsletter in part because things have been a little sleepy work wise (the recession has definitely cut into my tours and recordings), but also because I was a little burnt out from the last few years of the ArtistShare projects in which I was required to constantly update my participants on the various stages of those projects through blogs and newsletters.  The summer has allowed me to reset to zero and allow ideas and concepts to ferment, and now I am in a groove to get some new things going.

First up, news on upcoming performances in Japan:

September 10 - Monday Michiru Trio at JZ Brat, Shibuya, Tokyo

1st Set:  7:00 p.m. (5:30 open)
2nd Set:  9:30 p.m. (8:30 open)

Featuring Yoshihisa Suzuki (guitars) and Masanori Amakura (percussions)

www.jzbrat.com

September 11 -- Guest with Shuya Okino's 20th Anniversary Special Live Set for  Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival at Ageha, Shin-Kiba, Chiba

The annual festival with 4 different stages which will feature various artists/DJs/bands including Vanessa Freeman w/Root Soul, Soil & Pimp sessions, DJ Kawasaki feat. Heather Johnson & Tasita D'mour, Quasimode, Ryota Nozaki (Jazztronik), Rob Gallagher, Patrick Forge, Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive), Raphael Sebbag & Toshio Matsuura (United Future Organization), Kei Kobayashi (Routine), DJ Mitsu, Joyride, etc.  

Festival starts at 10:00 p.m. and goes to the wee hours of the morning (around 5:30 a.m.)

www.tokyocrossoverjazzfestival.jp

September 12 -- Monday Michiru Band in Takasaki

My regulars, Yoshihisa Suzuki (guitar) and Masanori Amakura (drums), and a newbie we're welcoming to the group, Jeffrey Connor (bass)

This will be a 2 setter but the audience can stay for both sets or just come for the 1st or 2nd, so we are completely changing up the music and mood from 1st to 2nd sets.  The 2nd set will also feature DJ Kawasaki with guest Tasita D'mour from the UK

1st Set:  6:00 p.m.

2nd Set:  10:00 p.m.

Venue:  Dan-B Restaurant

http://www.dan-b.com/hachibee/index.htm

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There are dates coming up in November as well which I'll write another do another blast about on a later date.

OTHER THINGS -- There are a few recent collaborations I've recorded which should be seeing their release soon:  

- A sweet track with Japanese jazz pianist Ryoko Anan for her upcoming release (date TBA)

- A track with DJ and producer Jephte Guillaume who I've worked with in the past entitled "Dancing With the Stars" that's promising to become a club bootie-mover which will be released as a single from his label (date TBA)

- Daisuke Tanabe, who did a remix of my collaboration with Yellowtail ("Everything Is Alright"), kindly asked me to collaborate on a track for his upcoming solo debut album which I was THRILLED to do (release date TBA)

- With Kyoto Jazz Massive with our second collaboration entitled "Blind" for their upcoming album (release date TBA)

Also, I am in the middle of putting together a remix project from my album "Nexus."  I anticipate having it ready for release by either later this year, or early the next.

And finally a new project in the works!  My folder of concept/lyric/music ideas has grown to the point that it's ready to go into stage 2, which is actually writing/demoing/pre-production/programming.  It probably won't be through ArtistShare -- I've decided the idea of bringing the mystery back and not over-explaining everything is a good thing.  I hope to get that going by early next year and have something ready in 2010.  

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Hope to see some of you at one of the upcoming performances, and if so, please come and say "hi"!  Peace!
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