02 Feb, 2017

Love This World 


Posted at 22:34 under MUSIC, ART, THOUGHTS, JAPAN

"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world."

Love This World is my 12th single. Let me tell you a bit about it, and why I begin this post with a quote (freely translated) from the Dhammapada.

As you may know, it's not a new song. I wrote it when I was living in Tokyo, for my fifth album Beautiful Place, which was released in 2013. I usually described it as a ”mantra for a more peaceful world”. Simple phrases which are repeated to manifest peace around us, because I firmly believe that we create the world with our thoughts. Currently, fear is overwhelmingly predominant in peoples' minds, and that creates a lot of tension in the physical world; War, hate, narrowmindedness, selfishness. That is not the world I want to live in, and that's why I wrote this song, to help people move peace and love into their own lives, minute by minute, day by day.

This new version of the song was recorded in 432hz, which is said to be the vibration of the Universe. Everything in the world vibrates in different frequencies. You can easily see this when you watch an atom in a microscope. When you zoom in close enough all you can see is vibrating matter. That's the world. Everything vibrates. Usually, music is recorded and tuned in 440hz which is a higher and apparently more tense vibration than 432. So I decided to give it a go.

Then, something amazing happened. I'd been crazily busy and hadn't sung a single note for weeks, so my voice was untrained and definitely not fit for recording. But I plugged in the microphone and recorded one take, just to have as a reference while recording the other instruments.

And for the First – Time – Ever when recording vocals, my voice was on pitch and I sang the song straight through without any problems. I never considered myself a good singer, and have always struggled with pitch. Until now.

That first take is the vocals used in the final version, which is now released on all online platforms, such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play. I simply couldn't improve that first, spontaneous take. I still remember when I recorded it, I was almost moved to tears because the experience was so effortless.

Listen to a sample here below, or get it from one of the websites above.



Love,
JC x







29 Sep, 2015

Librettist wanted for Japan-themed musical 


Posted at 14:25 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, JAPAN


My Japan-themed musical Peach has been selected for a pitching slot for next years BEAM:2016 showcase of new musical theatre writing.

So I am looking for a librettist to help me reform and rewrite the libretto and the dialogues. It's preferable with someone with insight and understanding of Japanese/East Asian culture as I'm very very eager to avoid Asian sterotypes.

Peach is a 'modern-day Cinderella' set mostly in Japan to the backdrop of the financial crisis.

I write music and lyrics. I've written loads of songs for this show, 2 hours to be exact but I understand the lyrics needs to be rewritten as we rewrite the book, and it definitely needs new songs, more natural ensemble numbers, etc, as 20 of the songs I've already written need to be cut.

However, I really believe in this musical, and so did the jury selecting it to be one of the shows to have a 10-minute pitch slot on 4 November at Park Theatre, London.

Here is a demo reel, with old lyrics:
https://www.stage32.com/media/1246107748312032440



Please get in touch with me here:
www.twitter.com/jcschutz

or here:
www.facebook.com/jcschutz

or send a message here:
www.johanchristherschutz.net/contact.php

*'Peach' is a working-title.





14 Apr, 2015

Hana Chiba 


Posted at 00:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN


Japanese singer Hana Chiba has passed away. My heart is bleeding.

We never got the opportunity to work together in this life, even though there were plans. Your time was too short.

This is how you'll be remembered:




And Hana-chan... I will name a star in the sky after you.

<3




11 Dec, 2014

New single - Möten och avsked 


Posted at 23:24 under MUSIC, ART, JAPAN


My new single Möten och avsked was released last Monday, December 8.

It's my Swedish translation of Milton Nascimento's classic Encontros e Despedidas, a fantastic song. Singer Nina Ripe has previously released this translation in an acoustic version, on her debut album "Apaixonada".





The song was recorded on the day one year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, on March 11, in a small recording studio in Shonan, a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean. The music video above shows Tokyo in the rain.

Musicians:

Kazuya Saka - grand piano
Show Kudo - bass
Kaoru Suzuki - drums
Me - vocals & cavaquinho


Here's the link for iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/moten-och-avsked-encontros/id948670130


I hope you like it!





23 Sep, 2013

"Swedish saudade" in Japanese radio 


Posted at 12:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN, THOUGHTS


Thursday, 9/26, I will be the guest navigator of "World Navigation", a corner of RENDEZ-VOUS in Tokyo radio J-WAVE 81.3!

I will talk (in English) about Swedish saudade (melancholy) and play some songs of my favorite songwriters and one song from my latest album Beautiful Place.


Thank you as always to navigator Rachel Chan and producer Iwasaki-san, who invited me to try to explain Swedish mentality, and why Swedish music has such a specific sound.

It starts after 16:00PM, but RENDEZ-VOUS is broadcast live every day (Monday-Thursday) from 14:00, so make sure you listen if you're in Japan!

RENDEZ-VOUS website:
http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/rendezvous/

Time: September 26 (thursday) 16:00
Where: J-WAVE 81.3
What: World Navigation - Swedish Saudade

Below is a photo of me and Rachel from 2010, I think it was the first time they invited me to the program!








19 Sep, 2013

More Japanese radio - Saturday! 


Posted at 12:59 under MUSIC, JAPAN


...more radio!

On Saturday, at LOVE FM 76.1 in western Japan (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, etc), my latest album Beautiful Place will be introduced and played in their program @Music Cafe, in a corner called Natural Drivin' where they each week choose one album to play songs from and tell the listeners about.



They have introduced several of my previous albums as well, so I am very happy for their continuing interest in my music.

Thank you!!!

Time: September 21 (saturday) 12:30AM
Where: Love FM 76.1
What: @ Music Cafe - Natural Drivin'


Website:
http://www.cafetribe.com/music/index.html





11 Sep, 2013

Eu Vim da Bahia (English) video (live with cicadas) 


Posted at 17:04 under MUSIC, JAPAN


Here's another live video from Rinshi no Mori Park in Tokyo. This time it's my English translation of Eu Vim da Bahia by Gilberto Gil (I Came from Bahia). The cicadas seem a little bit more quiet in this one!

Filmed live in August 2013.

Enjoy! =)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac8VO-AZb_Y





01 Sep, 2013

Changes Changes video (live with cicadas) 


Posted at 13:34 under MUSIC, JAPAN


Here's a video of me performing Changes Changes live in my favorite park in Tokyo. The cicadas are overwhelmingly noisy, and made your ears ring when you left the park.

Still hope you will enjoy it =)

Filmed live in August 2013.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_mA1r7RW9g






31 Jul, 2013

New album 


Posted at 20:08 under MUSIC, JAPAN


Finally, finally, finally....

Beautiful Place is available here:

Downloads:
iTunes
Bandcamp

CD:
HMV Japan
Tower Records Japan


There was an outstanding review in DACAPO Web Magazine, the website of one of Japan's leading magazines, DACAPO.
Unfortunately in Japanese - as google translation is awful... But give it a try if you have some imagination:
http://webdacapo.magazineworld.jp/culture/music/116302/

The headline and the first sentence include words like "Summer's best" and "Career masterpiece..."

... the rest is up to google translation, or your Japanese skills!





22 Jul, 2013

Live at IDEE 


Posted at 02:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN


5th Album Beautiful place 発売!

2013年7月28日、人気インテリアブランドIDEEがヒューマンタッチ溢れる上質な作品を厳選して紹介するIDEE Recordsよりリリースされます!

オリジナル11曲に加え名曲Over the Rainbowのカヴァーも収録。ネオアコースティックの甘酸っぱい輝きにボサノヴァやソウル、フォーク、ジャズのエッセンスを感じさせる珠玉の曲の数々。 キャリア最高傑作と評判の高い一枚です。

視聴はこちらから
http://inpartmaint.com/#/post-5037


また、IDEE SHOP自由が丘ではアルバム発売記念のスペシャルライブを行います。夏の夕暮れ、アコースティックギターの柔らかな響きと優しい歌声を楽しみに是非いらして下さい。

開催日:7月28日(日)
開催時間:18:00~(17:45開場)
開催場所:イデーショップ 自由が丘店3F
定員:30名
入場料:2,000円(税込)
ご予約:03-5701-7555

http://www.idee.co.jp/shop/news/201307/johan-live.html


*ライブ詳細につきましては、イデーショップ 自由が丘店までお問い合わせください。

またイデーショップでは"SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER北欧アンティークのある暮らし"として初春のスウェーデン・スコーネ地方で買い付けた、アンティーク家具や雑貨が入荷します。お気に入りの一点との出会いを是非お楽しみ下さい。





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