25 Dec, 2017

Hajimete to Kimochi - full film 

Posted at 13:09 under MUSIC, MOVIES, JAPAN

Our film is now being entered into film festivals, and to simplify the process it has been uploaded in its full to youtube. I am very pleased with the result.

HAJIMETE NO KIMOCHI (First Time Feeling)

Poem: Shuntaro Tanikawa
Voice: Aoi Teshima
Music: J.C. Schütz
Director: Kazuma Yano

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B33RutdA9Xg



14 Dec, 2017

First Time Feeling 

Posted at 18:37 under MUSIC, MOVIES, JAPAN

I've just finished the music for a Japanese short film called Hajimete no Kimochi, directed by Kazuma Yano.

The title translates as First Time Feeling, and the film is based on a poem by Shuntaro Tanikawa (born 1931), one of Japan's most loved poets, and features the voice of Aoi Teshima reciting the poem over Yano's evocative, dreamy cinematography.

My 7-minute minimalist song is piano-based with solo cello parts and a few other selected instruments and is a part of Kazuma's and my ongoing collaboration.

Aoi Teshima website:

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.

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:

Please get in touch with me here:

or here:

or send a message here:

*'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.


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.


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

Here's the link for iTunes:

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:

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'


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! =)


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.


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