Thursday, April 08, 2010

Laundry Picks Tokyo Blue and Gang 15th April Thursday

These jazzy birds flock ……. here @ Laundry.




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Tokyo Blue was formed in 2008 by bassist Hiroaki Maekawa, pianist

Ywenna Carollin and drummer Joshua Maran to compose and perform original instrumental music. This Malaysia- based band is considered one of Malaysia’s hottest jazz acts and are still actively gigging.

Heavily influenced by international artists and composers including Hiromi Uehara, Avishai Cohen, Marcus Miller, Joe Hisaishi and more, Tokyo Blue's music has essences of Jazz, Fusion, Latin, Progressive Rock and even Film music. The trio uses sweet melodies with funky rhythm section and odd meters at times, constantly pushing their limits of jazz writing and improvisation while still keeping the songs melodious and story-full.

While still performing at jazz venues, festivals and private events in Malaysia, after wowing local music lovers and industry veterans with their instrumental forays into jazz, local jazz trio Tokyo Blue stepped it up a notch with debut album ‘The Naked Soul’ which was just released in October 2009, that promises songs that bare the core of their beings and push the edge of experimentation.

The trio has a distinct sound featuring the adventurous bass playing, aggressive yet sensitive piano and rock solid drum beats. The album also includes variety of tunes that reflect the different sides of their personalities. With the tunes featuring pounding rock riff on piano, mellow fretless bass taking the lead, disco beat with montuno, melodious odd meter piano with double bass, funky latin beats with slap bass and more, Tokyo Blue demonstrates their capabilities to write creative and meaningful tunes, and even to entertain through instrumental music.

We recently just performed at Penang Island Jazz Festival 2009 (Malaysia), Jakarta 'Jazz Goes to Campus' November 2009 (Indonesia), and scheduled to perform in Bangkok Jazz Festival (Thailand) on MARCH 2010. Here's a little review of our performance in Indonesia:







Like high-school sweethearts who drifted apart only to discover the other was ‘The ONE’ after all, Rhapsody sees the magical duo of Ywenna and Nicole reunited with their favourite comrade-in-arms Kevin, Jimmy and Faz. Expect to be re-acquainted with the jazzy/ bluesy/soulful tunes that got you hooked, but like all journeys of self-discovery (that’s what we like to call the two-year hiatus), a different perspective will make those familiar sing-alongs seem new again. Serenading music-lovers with their vibrant blend of saucy jazz licks and catchy hooks, the captivating duo of Ywenna (on piano) and Nicole (on vocals) is supported by a colorful cast of brash music-makers (Kevin on bass, Faz on guitar

and Jimmy on drums) who live vicariously to their motto of 'Love good music. Love good food'. Soulful, passionate and simply beautiful, let Rhapsody's flowing rhythm get you into the mood for some jazzy loving. So get ready, the voracious lovers of good music and good food are back. For good.



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