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Otonowa

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Otonowa, or "Sound Circle," is comprised entirely of jazz interpretations of traditional Japanese folk melodies that date back as long as a century ago. The incorporation of these cultural elements is part of the long tradition of American jazz artists interpreting the American folk and popular songbook. In Otonowa’s interpretations, traditional Japanese instruments are also employed, like the Shakuhachi (the traditional Japanese flute) and the fan drum, along with the piano, acoustic bass, and drum set. What makes this group unique is that the members learned their craft here in the US and seek to illuminate songs of their Japanese ancestry in a uniquely American way.

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released February 1, 2015

Art HIRAHARA, piano
Masaru KOGA, saxophones, flute, shakuhachi, percussion
Noriyuki OKADA, bass

Carl YAMADA, executive producer

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Akira Tana San Francisco, California

Since 1979, Akira Tana has been among the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene. Recognized for his ability to ignite rhythm sections and create pure musical dialog with soloists, his colorful and interactive style has led to concert and club work with jazz greats including Sonny Rollins, Jim Hall, Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Heath, and Dizzy Gillespie. ... more

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