21 Feb, 2012

Music on facebook 


Posted at 12:49 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


Finally found a good application to add music to my facebook page. I have all my songs on Bandcamp, and they now offer a very smooth app for this. Maybe its' not new, but I discovered it today!

Go here to listen:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/JC-Schutz-aka-Peacebird/189578820130


Peace!





31 Jan, 2012

New Peacebird album! 


Posted at 10:55 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN


I have just finished demos of 8 songs for my next Peacebird album. It was initially meant to be a mini album, but I couldn't limit myself to writing only 5 or 6 songs...

I always think too big, maybe I'm a megalomaniac!

However, I'm really pleased with the songs, and the new album will be based on the following instrumentation:

Acoustic guitar/Cavaquinho
Grand piano
Acoustic bass
Drums/brushes

If I manage to play well, one of the songs will have me playing piano and singing (no overdubs) for the first time on record. I've done it live a couple of times, and the audience has really loved it. They say they can feel more of "the real me" pouring out from my music when I play the piano and sing. I don't know why, because I can barely play the piano!

=)

Recording is scheduled in Tokyo for March, and release for June 2012.
If you haven't heard it yet, the first Peacebird album is available on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/album/peacebird/id468937532
and from all Japanese record shops, Amazon etc. The new album will be more intimate, though. The title is not decided....

Peace!





11 Jan, 2012

Saturday: Japanese radio 


Posted at 05:37 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN


On saturday night, January 14, there's a pre-recorded radio special about my Peacebird album at the FM station K-Mix. The program is reprised on the night between January 16 and 17, about 4 in the morning.

I think that in Japan, you can listen on radiko or on your mobile phone. Computers in other countries I think can't access the streaming... Sadly limited Japanese business thinking. English and Swedish radio for example, is listenable online all over the world.

The show, hosted by Yoshi Nagato and Kazuo Dobashi, is about 45 minutes, and contains a long interview with me, interspersed with songs from the CD, and I also sing one song live in the studio!


Info in Japanese:

K-MIX「ようこそ夢街名曲堂」
1/14 (土)21:00〜21:55
再放送 1/16 (土)28:00〜28:55

Program blog:
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/yumemachi/


Peace!





11 Jan, 2012

The musical 


Posted at 05:27 under MUSICAL


The website for the musical is up! I chose the working-title A WORLD BETWEEN, a very suitable name I think.

http://www.world-between.com

Click the player in the top corner to listen to highlights of the music, in recordings with me singing. I will not sing in the musical! But I made the songs, so I had to make the demos!

I'm very happy with the site, both design and feeling. Let me know what you think!

There's also a new twitter, dedicated to the Musical only:
http://twitter.com/aworldbetween


We're looking for singers for the CD recording:

* Momo -- mezzo-soprano (of East/Southeast Asian descent)
* Benjamin -- baritone/tenor (of Caucasian descent)
* others -- at the moment unspecified voices.

If you like the songs and the idea, drop me a message from the website. You need to be fluent in English and have experience from performing in Musicals (pretty obvious!) and preferably living in U.K. or Sweden.

Check this page for full specifications:
http://www.world-between.com/specs.php

Website:
http://www.world-between.com

Peace!





26 Dec, 2011

Blog update 


Posted at 10:03 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, MUSICAL, JAPAN


The database for my blog is being updated, so all previous posts will be unavailable for some time from now. Please have patience! It's the holiday season =)

Let me take the opportunity to write a little about 2011, a year filled with hard work and wonderful audience reception for my music.

PEACEBIRD

The PEACEBIRD album had a wonderful reception, lots of radio play and I've been fortunate to meet many of my Japanese fans during this year. I'm now writing songs for a new Peacebird album, which is planned to be released in late spring (the recording is scheduled for February and will be done in Tokyo).


THE MUSICAL

I'm just finishing a website for my musical, and will post an update here when you can all enter and check it out. I know that some of you are very very curious, after all I've been talking about it for soon three years.

Those of you who have joined my Fan Club (the VIP CLUB) have already heard some of the songs, as I'm giving away one free unreleased song or recording every month, only to members. You can join here at www.jcschutz.com/register

The recordings for the Musical, have started, and will be finished during 2012. With a little help from Shigeru Umebayashi, the awarded Japanese film music composer, I'm hoping to be able to create the magic, movie-like atmosphere that I wish for, as I'm using Japanese instruments such as Shakuhachi, Koto, Taiko drums and the Chinese Erhu, all some of my favourite instruments in the world.

Japanese Nihonga artist Masako Kurokawa is sketching for the CD design/booklet and we've been discussing the emblem of the Musical, the image with the title (I guess you also might call it a 'logotype'), one single image expressing the essence of the story. As the recording will not be totally finished until next autumn, earliest, we are still on the brainstorming stage.

To be honest, I never thought I would finish the musical. But once I started, it was impossible to stop writing the songs, and here we are... It's my biggest project ever, and I'm so happy that I continued even "when the going got tough". Working with such a project is like entering a different world, and that's hopefully the same feeling it will give the audience.

I owe a million thanks to Japanstiftelsen (The Scholarship Foundation for Studies of Japanese Society) for their financial support. Without them, the music would never have been finished!


So, with a heart full of hope for what will come, I wish you all a Peaceful New Year!






26 Dec, 2011

Blog update 


Posted at 09:13 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, MUSICAL, JAPAN


The database for my blog is being updated, so all previous posts will be unavailable for some time from now. Let me take the opportunity to write a little about 2011, a year filled with hard work and wonderful audience reception for my music.

PEACEBIRD

The PEACEBIRD album had a wonderful reception, lots of radio play and I've been fortunate to meet many of my Japanese fans during this year. I'm now writing songs for a new Peacebird album, which is planned to be released in late spring (the recording is scheduled for February and will be done in Tokyo).


THE MUSICAL

I'm just finishing a website for my musical, and will post an update here when you can all enter and check it out. I know that some of you are very very curious, after all I've been talking about it for soon three years.

Those of you who have joined my Fan Club (the VIP CLUB) have already heard some of the songs, as I'm giving away one free unreleased song or recording every month, only to members. You can join here at www.jcschutz.com/register

The recordings for the Musical, have started, and will be finished during 2012. Will a little help from Shigeru Umebayashi, the awarded Japanese film music composer, I'm hoping to be able to create the magic, movie-like atmosphere that I wish for, as I'm using Japanese instruments such as Shakuhachi, Koto, Taiko drums and the Chinese Erhu, all some of my favourite instruments in the world.

Japanese Nihonga artist Masako Kurokawa are sketching for the CD design/booklet and we've been discussing the emblem of the Musical, the image with the title (I guess you also might call it a 'logotype'), one single image expressing the essence of the story. As the recording will not be totally finished until next autumn, earliest, we are still on the brainstorming stage. It's no hurry.

To be honest, I never thought I would finish the musical. But once I started, it was impossible to stop writing the songs, and here we are... It's my biggest project ever, and I'm so happy that I continued even "when the going got tough".

I owe a million thanks to Japanstiftelsen (The Scholarship Foundation for Studies of Japanese Society) for their financial support. Without them, the music would never have been finished!


So, with a heart full of hope for what will come, I wish you all a Peaceful New Year!






22 Dec, 2011

Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye 


Posted at 15:25 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


Swedish journalists Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye were found "guilty of supporting terrorism" by an Ethiopian court yesterday.

It's awful.

They entered the country illegally on an assignment for Filter Magazine, to dig for the truth about the Swedish oil company Lundin Oil (now Lundin Petroleum), which previously had Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt as a board member. Bildt has refused to talk about the issue all the time, obviously covering up his dark, oilstained secrets.

Lundin Oil has been accused for forcefully relocating thousands of people in Ethiopia to be able to get their hands on the oil. People may have been killed during these "relocations".

Finally, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said they were innocent and should be freed. Bildt just says his job is to support the decision of the prisoners and their families.

English (BBC):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16283332

Swedish (SVD):
http://www.svd.se/kultur/litteratur/rat ... 725447.svd


Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye may face between 11-18 years in Ethiopian prison.

I guess it's time for Bildt to tell the truth for once.

And after that, it's time for Sweden to get a government who cares about Free speech and not only about covering up their ministers dirty past.

Just stop letting greed show your way. How far does it have to go?


FACEBOOK PAGE - please show your support:
http://sv-se.facebook.com/freejohanandmartin






20 Dec, 2011

Gentleman stories 


Posted at 16:03 under OTHERS


My British friends Simon Stewart and James Raiher were published in the October/November edition of THE LONDON MAGAZINE!

http://thelondonmagazine.org/issues/oct-nov-2011/

THE LONDON MAGAZINE is a literature magazine, first published in 1732. Yes, the year 1732. Several of the most recognized and respected authors have been published there over the centuries, so Simon and James are in really good company.

They call their short-stories The Gentleman Stories and they occasionally post on their blog:
http://thegentlemanstories.wordpress.com

Also, check out their facebook page for news:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gentleman-Stories/248509401865459


Simon is also a great songwriter, so check out his myspace page while you're surfing the pages above:
http://www.myspace.com/simonastewart


Congratulations, and here's hoping for more success coming your way!


Peace!





18 Dec, 2011

Cesaria Evora 


Posted at 04:06 under MUSIC, OTHERS


One of my favourite singers died yesterday.

CESARIA EVORA, from Cape Verde (a group of islands located outside Africa) was perhaps one of the most influential world music singers in the last 20 years. Her powerful voice was full of emotions but never dramatic.

I discovered the flow-like Cape Verdian "Morna" music through her about 10 years ago, and always loved the soft swing of the music, often performed with guitars, cavaquinho and shaker. In 2000, Evora said about the Morna:

"Our music is a lot of things. Some say it's like the blues, or jazz. Others says it's like Brazilian or African music, but no one really knows. Not even the old ones."

The language is a creole version of Portuguese, so I just understand bits of it.








Cesaria Evora was called "The Barefoot Diva" as she always performed without shoes.

She was 70 years old.

Official website (but not updated for a year):
http://www.cesaria-evora.com/?lang=en


Rest in Peace!





14 Dec, 2011

Tokyo and Miyagi 


Posted at 03:28 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, SETLISTS


Here's an update from last weekend's gigs in Cafe Apres-midi (Tokyo) and Sendai Koffee (Sendai).

Friday was the 12-year anniversary party for Toru Hashimoto's Cafe Apres-midi!
Happy Anniversary!!!

Unfortunately, I have lost the setlist, but it was something like this:
1. A Little Bit More Real
2. Be For Real
3. Slow Down
4. Jabuticaba
5. Skuggor
6. C'est La Vie *
7. I Love You *
8. Let The Sunlight In
9. Passion

* cavaquinho songs




Saturday I saw Mount Fuji from Tokyo, the weather was great, and I travelled to Sendai for Sunday's performance at Sendai Koffee. I met with Taisuke Tsugimatsu and we had a rehearsal and later went out to wine and dine.

The following photos are taken by Hiroko Ooyama:


Me and Croquet.



At Sendai Koffee, with Taisuke Tsugimatsu during rehearsal.



Having a coffee before my performance.


Taisuke started with his set, singing and playing the Kawai upright piano, and he seemed to be greatly inspired this night. Then I joined for a small session before performing my own solo set.


Setlist, session with Taisuke Tsugimatsu:
1. Natsu no Numa
2. Passion
3. Smile
4. Over the Rainbow


Setlist:
1. So Happy
2. Difficult
3. Balans
4. C'est La Vie *
5. Slow Down
6. Pickin' up the Pieces
7. Jabuticaba
8. Let The Sunlight In

Encore:
9. After The Rain *
10. I Love You *

* cavaquinho songs


The next day, before returning to Tokyo, I went shortly to Watari (south Miyagi), again being able to see the area hit by the tsunami. Some parts are ghostly empty. Where there used to be houses and tidy ricefields, there is now nothing - just flat, empty land, with houses only here and there, many still being fixed or rebuilt.


Sunset in eastern Japan. Fukushima or Ibaraki.



Back in Tokyo, looking down on a schoolyard (?) with people playing tennis in the darkness with skyscrapers in the background.


Oh, I can tell you that I recently tried Natto for the first time! Natto is fermented beans, a famous Japanese dish, which people say smell very bad. Actually I thought it didn't smell at all, but the sticky feeling was a bit ... interesting!



Yes, I only tried a little =)


Peace!






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