A progressive rock band that was launched by Satoshi Hirata (a.k.a. "FLAT 22") in 2009 and has performed mainly in Tokyo.
They are now one of the most expected band in "constructive" progressive scene in Japan.
1st album "A FLOATING PLACE" was released on December 28, 2011 and was acclaimed at various places.
http://satoshi3104377.blog121.fc2.com/ (Japanese only)
HIRATA started the guitar at the first grade on junior high school. He learned musical theory and arrangement at AN SCHOOL OF MUSIC and MESAR HAUS. As he produced jingles of some radio station and copyright-free musical works, he carried on with band activities. In 2002, he came across Takao Kawasaki who had been a sworn friend and formed 'FLAT122' with him. They released their 1st album "The Waves" in 2005, the 2nd album "Kagerou" in 2009 and after that they ceased their activities. At the same year Hirata formed his new band 'Stella Lee Jones'.
He also acts as the guitarist of 'Electric Asturias' which Yo Oyama leads about.He has joined many oversea music festivals as follows: Gouvea Art Rock 2010 in Portugal, Rosfest 2013 in America, Cruise to the Edge 2014 in Caribbean Sea.
http://jazzpianoshinyasato.com/ (Japanese only)
SATO played at Waseda University Modern Jazz Club, studied under Hiroshi Minami and graduated from Berklee College of Music. His music style is delicate but radical that is vouched by solid technique and has another name of "Crazy Dog Pianist”. He played at Sibiu International Theatre Festival 2006 and 2007 in Romania. His original electronica-style work was on air at J-WAVE radio program whose DJ was Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Now he acts as a producer and jazz pianist and plays with Hachidori-Shimai, Noriko Mitose, Katan Hiviya, Kokushoku Sumire, KERA and others. He also has lessons on music for both beginners and high-level players in Toshima ward, Tokyo.
SASAKI was born in Tokyo, started her career as a drummer and then played the bass, classic guitar and after that she formed acoustic trio 'Quikion' in 1992. Chiefly inspired by Eastern Europe and Arabic traditional music, she started up accordion duo unit 'Jabara(Bellows) Sisters', released their 1st album in 2015.
She also plays at oriental music band 'Alladeen', recently reformed band 'NONBAND', and accordion quartet 'Boeves' which plays works of Lars Hollmer, expanding her own musical identity.
She uses Virtuoso 96 Casotto by Victoria inc.(Italy) on this band.
http://irry.net/ (Japanese only)
JAZZ Violinist. IRIYAMA started the piano when she was about 4 years old and thereafter she changed to violin at the latter year of elementary school and studied it under the Suzuki method until high school. When she entered university and belonged to a jazz circle, she was inspired by Roland Kirk and Duke Ellington, starting improvisation by her own. Then she studied under Atsushi Ikeda(alt).
Now she supports many artists on the events, TV dramas, CMs and music programs, embracing Jazz as her life work. She forms her leading group and plays there with top-class JAZZ musicians. She also has lessons on violin technique and jazz. The new album of her leading strings quartet will be released in 2015.
SANO began to learn the piano when 5 years old. He started alto sax at a brass band club of a junior high school when he was 13. He was so much into copying game sound tracks at 16. He came to Tokyo and entered MESAR HAUS at 18 and studied under Ken Watanabe, Suminobu Yata and Fumio Itabashi. As learning, he came to be charmed with modern jazz (e.g. Chick Corea, Weather Report, and Tribal Tech). At the same time he came to explore the mechanisms of drama-companying music of game, movie and animation.
In his college days he started his career as a support musician and then he expanded his activities into recording of CMs and movie music. Now he acts chiefly as a session base player for live or recording session and also he has lessons in Tokyo.
http://www.tomoyoku.com/ (Japanese only)
TANIMOTO started playing drums when he was 10 years old and studied under Seiji Natsume, Kozo Suganuma and Neal Sausen. He received the Most Excellent Prize of Gibson Jazz Guitar Contest in 2004 as his leading band 'Takeon' and won a prize of Drum Magazine Contest in 2006.
Now he acts as a drummer across the genres (fusion, progressive rock, funk, jazz, pops etc), and has many sessions as a live player and recording player for various musicians and bands while having drum lessons. He also plays at taika, KTG and Muff. Muff joined on Fuji Rock Festival '14.
”Dazzling great circus of amazing sound !
Pop in spite of progressive, something dear in spite of technical.
Their music is a magical door for mysterious world.”
----- Hiroyuki Namba, a japanese famous progressive rock musician.
”A great masterpiece capped last of 2011. A sound that aufheben a counter element, such as, electric and acoustic, internationality and nationality, composition and improvisation,…etc. In spite of over 60 minutes play, listeners are only tossed by changing scene, one after another. Their music draw a various facets of man's life. Exactly great masterpiece.”
----- Euro Rock Press Vol.52 (released on february 29, 2012)
”This band is basically jazz rock, but digest naturally serious side of contemporary music and avant-garde arrange, so gain a original scale. This Album have a sound specifically reflected Hirata's vision. Their personality is hard to bear in Japanese music scene.”
----- Strange Days, the March number, 2012
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