Posts Tagged ‘japanese music’



[Picture fo Japanese Rock Guitarist, Miyavi]Some amazing things are happening in music around the world. As a family, we have enjoyed South Korean girl rap-pop from the Wonder Girls, and (at the other end of the spectrum), I am a huge fan of Cornelius.

From the bluesy origins of Ali Farka Touré and Ba Cissoko to the Russian whizzkid, Temur Kvitelashvili, I love that the focus is shifting from the UK and USA elsewhere for a change.

My latest find is Miyavi — he’s an amazing Japanese force of nature.

[Embedded video from You Tube  – Selfish Love]

Yes, he is a man (in fact “Mayavi” means “Male”), although he’s pretty feminine looking — and he’s also straight; his real name is Ishihara Takamasa and he’s married to pop singer “Melody“. Together they have a daughter called Lovelie Miyavi Ishihara.

Here’s a picture of Melody his lovely wife:

[Picture of Melody Japanese Singer]

There must be many quarrels in their house over hair products and lipstick!

Anyway, Miyavi has loads of CD albums, singles, DVDs and is apparently never off magazines over in Japan.  Both he and Melody are big stars. Miyavi certainly has the talent. The style, acoustically, is slappy, clappy, percussive and funky and if you like Andy McKee, Don Ross, Erik Mongrain, or even Tommy Emmanuel, he could be worth checking out.  I guess what sets Miyavi apart, is his fashion and his age (he was born late in 1981) when compared with these guys. Anyway, I like him; he’s not really taking himself very seriously, he is entertaining, he is fun, but behind that, he’s got a serious talent.

[Embedded clip from youtube:]





[Picture of Keigo Oyamada aka Cornelius]When I need to cut off from background noise at work I wear headphones.  What I listen to depends on mood as much as the work itself.  Lately I have been chillin’ to Cornelius — quite simply, the guy’s brilliant and very original.

[embedded video “Music” from “Sensuous” on youtube:]

Keigo Oyamada chose “Cornelius” after the ape character  in the “The Planet of The Apes” movie. His own son is named “Milo” — which is also the name of the baby ape son of Cornelius in that film!

I have only two albums — Point (2001) and Sensuous (2006), and both are top quality creations.  To my mind, Keigo makes his music in a similar way to Steely Dan and The Blue Nile, it’s about sound experiences, noises, stereo imagery, an aural experience, as well as about rhythm and melody.

Cornelius albums are filled with audio craft — the works are art and compiled like a painting might be.  Let’s be frank here, this is innovative, creative and also Japanese — yet it remains accessible and wonderful.