11 Apr, 2018

Write better songs! 

Posted at 08:59 under MUSIC, MUSICAL

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30 Jan, 2018


Posted at 16:28 under MUSIC, MUSICAL

This coming Saturday 3rd February we will do a short showcase performance of songs from our Colette musical, something we worked on during last year's BML workshops in London.

Funny enough, there's a movie just coming out this year with Keira Knightley about Colette, which seems to tell the same story.

I will sing the role of Colette's husband Willy, and it will be my second time to perform on a [SMALL] West End stage.

The showcase will also include performances of fellow BML writing teams.

Crazy Coqs
20 Sherwood Street
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Time: 2-4 PM
Free entry


14 Dec, 2017

First Time Feeling 

Posted at 17:37 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:

23 Nov, 2017

Spotify Playlists 

Posted at 19:32 under MUSIC

There are two new playlists over at Spotify with selected songs from all my 5 albums and 13 singles!

Both playlists are about one hour long. Click the image or text for the Spotify link.

Uptempo songs for feelgood vibes

Slow songs for late nights

Hope you will enjoy the playlists, and make sure you share them with your friends on facebook and twitter!


07 Sep, 2017


Posted at 15:53 under MUSIC

I've started recording my favourite Brazilian samba songs, and who knows, it might become a new album. It's just me and my guitar, so I guess you could say I'm re-tracing my roots once and for all.

So what songs am I recording?

Um ser de luz, Manhã de um novo dia, Falsa consideração, O que é, o que é...

I started listing my favourite sambas and decided to also include some samba-çanções. A samba-canção is a slower more romantic genre, which later developed into the nossa nova. Some of these slower songs could be Não diga não (by Tito Madi, which I recorded and posted on my facebook page), Ligia (by Tom Jobim) and the more recent Assum Branco (by marvellous singer/songwriter José Miguel Wisnik), which works well in the context.

A lot of Brazilian listeners have said they would like me to record an album in Portuguese, so I guess it's about time. I admit that I feel madly passionate about these songs!


07 Jun, 2017

From a beach in France 

Posted at 14:11 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, ART

Spending a week in France to rest and get ready for my next big project. This photo was taken at Île d'Oleron on the Atlantic coast during last weekend.

So, what's this new project?

Well, I am very happy to announce that I have been authorised to finish writing a musical based on a Swedish book published in 2013, which has already been translated into several other languages as well as being made into a play.

The writer said she loved my first four songs and I was given the green light to complete the musical. It will be a concept musical, which does not have a typical linear narrative, and I hope to share more details in a near future.

And to be honest, it's not really new to me. I started trying to write songs over a year ago, and it's just taken this long to get to know the characters well enough to be able to write in their different voices.

I have a really good feeling about this, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. First things first. Back to the synopsis and breaking down of the scenes. The music will come by itself.


20 Mar, 2017

Yesterday's gig 

Posted at 13:33 under MUSIC, SETLISTS

Yesterday's wild bird charity gig for the Rosemary Room Pop Up at Alfriston Chapel went really well - under the circumstances; On Friday night I accidentally stabbed my own hand with a pair of scissors, and am currently unable to use my left hand for literally anything as it's swollen, blue and still quite sore.

But, the show must go on, so I performed as planned, but with specially prepared backgrounds instead of playing the guitar, and it was kind of liberating, being able to focus on SINGING!

It might have been the first time ever that I sang songs in 4 different languages in one gig (English, Swedish, Portuguese and Japanese).

Here's the setlist:

1. Beautiful Place
2. So Happy
3. I'm Here
4. Waltz For Hana (Lyrics by Kazuma Yano)
5. Som om ingenting har hänt
6. Passion
7. Difficult
8. Baby Just Relax
9. Love This World
10. Changes Changes
11. I Guess It's Ok
12. C'est La Vie
13. Bliss (English version of Balans)
14. After the Rain
15. Over the Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg)

16. Smile (Chaplin/Turner/Parsons)

The awesome three-course vegan meal, included in the £20 ticket, was cooked by my friend Krishna Mutty (link) and I could enjoy it fully at the end of the evening. Perfect ending to a pretty rough weekend.

Thanks everyone for coming out!

Apparently, the famous hymn "Morning Has Broken" was written in Alfriston by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931. It IS a lovely village in the middle of the South Downs.

Love xx

02 Feb, 2017

Love This World 

Posted at 21:34 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

16 Jan, 2017


Posted at 14:13 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS

I have officially a new favourite country.

I spent the past week in the South West of France where I except for spending quality time with a friend, also worked on the production of a new album with new songs.

Having an unreserved dinner at a restaurant in a small village two hours from Bordeaux and asking if a vegan option would be possible and the French chef comes out within one minute offering us an improvised 3-course meal from what he's got in the fridge - in perfect English - turned out to be one of my most unforgettable eating experiences ever.

Or driving through the endless vineyards of Congac to the soundtrack of Django Reinhardt. Or feeling the smell of the Atlantic Ocean on the top of Dune du Pilat. Or strolling through medieval streets in the pale winter sunlight. I can't choose a favourite moment. I've met incredibly friendly people, seen marvellous places, been invited to people's homes, and this week really feels more like a month. The wine. The champagne.

And Bordeaux, what a beautiful city! I will be back. Probably sooner than later.

Here are some photos:

A late discovery, but...
I love you, France.


13 Oct, 2016

One year vegan anniversary 

Posted at 22:28 under THOUGHTS, OTHERS

This week, it's one year since I decided to go vegan!

For those of you who don't know (yes, some people don't know the difference between vegan and vegetarian), this is the Vegan Society's definition:

a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey - as well as products like leather and any tested on animals.

It's been a lot easier than I thought, and I'm a bit sad I didn't make the decision earlier. After being vegetarian for half my life, the transition was incredibly easy.

I'm healthier and happier than ever.


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