24 Jun, 2011

Hold On Now CD-R 

Posted at 05:21 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

The CD-R of my charity song HOLD ON NOW is available in Japan only, and I've just prepared a bunch of copies to bring to my live performance tonight in Tamachi at Mitsubishi.

All proceedings are donated to Japanese Red Cross, so buy one for yourself and one for your best friend or uncle or niece.

Price is 800 yen.

If you can't come tonight, you can still order it from my Mobile Site, from this page:
http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/m/h ... ioncd.html

Tonight's gig is here:
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=%E3 ... 1041082188


21 Jun, 2011

Mitsubishi Show Room 

Posted at 10:05 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

On friday I perform at the Mitsubishi Motors Show Room in Tamachi, Tokyo. It's free entry, so be sure to be in time.

You will be able to buy my three CDs, PLUS the special charity CD "Hold On Now".

Live @ Earth - 'Smile for tomorrow'
Start 18:30

I will sing songs from my three previous CDs, and a couple of covers including Carole King's YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND and Charlie Chaplin's SMILE, and some new songs. Total performance time is 45 minutes.

http://ameblo.jp/mitsubishimotorsshowro ... 54680.html


15 Jun, 2011

Peacebird preview and live dates 

Posted at 15:17 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

My live performance on Saturday in Koenji at the Boy Meets Girl event, will be built around the songs from the coming Peacebird album, as a kind of preview live performance. I will perform two sets, in Japan often called "two stage".

JUNE 18 (sat)
Boy Meets Girl vol 085
Club Roots, Koenji
DJs: sekine (BMG), miha-K, toyopee (fabulous parade)
Live: J.C. Schutz aka Peacebird

Next weekend's Live gig at Mitsubishi Motors Show Room, also in Tokyo, will be more build around bossa-nova songs from my earlier albums, and a few covers.

JUNE 24 (fri)
Live @ Earth
Mitsubishi Motors Show Room

I also do a TANABATA gig, July 7th, at Tsuki Miru Kimi Omou in Aoyama!

JULY 7 (thu)
Tanabata Live Night
Tsuki Miru Kimi Omou

And I will participate in a charity live gig at TOTOSK in Nerima-ku, close to Heiwadai Station. This will also be a special event, where I share the "spotlight" with singer SAK. I will play guitar in her songs, and we will sing something together, so it will not be one of my usual live gigs.

A part of the money goes to Tohoku charity.

JULY 9 (sat)
Charity live night
Totosk Cafe
SAK (www.39diva.com)
J.C. Schutz

See you!

15 Jun, 2011


Posted at 06:11 under MUSIC, OTHERS

Couldn't think of a better subject, sorry!

I've finished the production and mix of MAMERICO's album. 8 beautiful songs. I'm very happy to be a part of that. It's still not mastered, and only one song is released, A BORDER, the charity download single, which you can buy at http://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/18373

I'm looking forward to the completion and wish Kazuma and Maya all success with their debut album.

Listen at:

Stockholm based singer NINA RIPE is also in the process of finishing her first album, with Brazilian songs in English and Swedish, and some originals, I think all songs are not decided yet. I've written many of the translations, and one original called 5 A.M.

Her website was just updated with some new songs, one song featuring Magnus Lindgren on saxophone, and a great guitar-and-vocals version of Milton Nascimento's ENCONTROS E DESPEDIDAS, in my Swedish translation.

Listen at

The release of my own album PEACEBIRD is delayed to September, but the pre-release Japan tour will start from July 23, and we will sell the CDs on the live gigs only, until the release.

More info comes soon (as I receive it myself)...


13 Jun, 2011

CD cover design 

Posted at 02:30 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, ART

In a last minute revision, we may change the Peacebird cover design.

Please let me know which one you prefer of these 3:




You can see bigger images here:
http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/vip ... topic=48.0

Tweet me your opinion @jcschutz or send a direct message.

Thank you!

09 Jun, 2011

Live videos from Hummock Cafe 

Posted at 01:43 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

Hummock Cafe in Himeji has posted photos and 2 videos from my live performance last Sunday on their blog. Please check it out at:
http://hummock.blogspot.com/2011/06/hum ... rt_08.html

We were really lucky with the weather, the audience could see the small harbour and a bit of the sea behind me. The clouds scattered during my performance and it was a really great afternoon.

Here's C'EST LA VIE:

The other song they filmed and posted is PICKIN' UP THE PIECES, from my coming PEACEBIRD album. You can watch it on their blog:
http://hummock.blogspot.com/2011/06/hum ... rt_08.html


06 Jun, 2011


Posted at 09:18 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, MUSICAL, JAPAN

I had a great weekend in Kansai. Thank you everybody in Tokushima, Himeji and Kobe! 3 gigs in 3 days are very tiring. I just want to sleep for the rest of the week!

Starting in Osaka on Thursday evening, meeting with painter Masako Kurokawa about the artwork for next year's Musical Album, having a drink and delicous food at PaPa Hemingway south of Osaka Station.

Here's Masako making a sketch of my face:

I continued to Kobe where I spent the night in the Suma Beach area. I went out to the beach about 8 in the morning. It was very peaceful and lovely. Until horrible noisy yachts started cruising 50 meters away without reason.

Thank you Nao and Shi for your kindness! m(_ _)m

Tetsuya drove us to Tokushima for my performance at Yukinko during the HOKUO LIFE 2 festival. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge if I can read correctly...

We arrived at noon, and Aoki was kind to take us for some sightseeing!
We took the ropeway up to Mount Bizan and the great view:

Left to right: Tetsuya, me, Aoki and Fumiko. Tetsuya and Fumiko are the people behind the Scandinavian goods store and cafe Markka in Kobe (www.markka.jp).

and took a ride in the 100-yen boat around the circle river.

And finally, to the great cafe Yukinko. My live performance was sold out, and if I could understand japanese correctly, almost 50 people had to be refused tickets. Gomennasai!!!

I hope I can come back soon!

Here's a picture from my performance:

and one from the late dinner with some great Tokushima food and great people:

Next morning, wake up early for breakfast at a local cafe, and off to the bus stop. Back to Kobe for the evening's gig at Mother Moon Cafe Rokko.

I was really tired, but could take a slow afternoon to relax before my gig.

I borrowed two photos from Disques Dessinee's twitter (@d_dessinee):

I had invited my friend Nao Tsuzuki to sing 3 songs with me as a special guest, and we performed the bossa nova songs Canto de Ossanha, Garota de Ipanema and This Sadness (from my album BLISSA NOVA).

Next day was wake up early again (hayaoki), and go to Himeji and my favourite Hummock Cafe. It was the 9th anniversary party, and apart from my live performance Masao Maruyama and Hiroshi Yoshimoto played DJ before, between and after my 2 sets.

Here's the handmade poster, painted on handmade blue japanese paper. Happy Anniversary Hummock Cafe!

and the wonderful Mrs and Mr Nakamura inside the cafe preparing just before opening time:

My voice was in great shape, maybe warmed-up after 2 gigs in the 2 days before, but 3 gigs in 3 days (each with 12-15 songs) are a bit too much. Anyway, I didn't have any problem with my voice which surprised me!

The skies were cloudy, but when I started singing at 16:30 the clouds slowly disappeared, and the sun shone through. They call me Sunshine Man, because I often bring good weather, and yesterday was no exception. It's really a miracle.

Here was the view I had from the "stage", the distant mountains to the right. The audience could see the harbour and the sea behind me, so Hummock really has a special location! Taken before my performance, the skies were still grey!

Thank you everyone again for a great weekend.

Even if each day was very intense, I could relax a little and rest my head from busy bustling Tokyo.

The Peacebird will come back =)


31 May, 2011


Posted at 05:32 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

Visited Tokyo Recording Co. Ltd. yesterday for the mastering of my album. As it was my first time in the mastering studio, it was a great experience.

It's difficult to explain what "mastering" really is. It's like a mix after the mix, where you put all songs together, decide the length of silence between the songs, and add some compression and final EQ to make the songs sit well together on an album.

I think we all know the difference of sound between two CDs, and the same difference apply to different songs during a recording. It's impossible to make all songs get the same sound and volume, bass depth, etc. So the mastering is the final step to fix these differences.

I think the result was really amazing!

I'm creating new samples for my website, I'll post an update when it's finished.

The view from the studio was great, you can see Rainbow Bridge over the rooftops. Gives a great feeling as you work!


28 May, 2011


Posted at 15:47 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, ART

Finally, the design of my blog, website, and the fan club website - the VIP Club, has been updated - and in my opinion hugely improved!

Here are recent screenshots of the website:


and the VIP Club:


I'd love to hear what you think, so please tweet me @jcschutz

I'm just finishing the mixing of the MAMERICO album. The songs are really beautiful so I hope it can reach a wide audience. You can hear the first single here, released as charity to raise money for the Japanese tsunami relief:

I've arranged and produced all songs, and I play all instruments, so I feel very much a part of the music. Here is their website:


And finally, we will enter a mastering studio in Tokyo on Monday to master my PEACEBIRD album!

Release date is set to August 3rd.

Listen here:
http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/dis ... amp;page=1


21 May, 2011

Live in June - Pre-release gigs in Japan 

Posted at 04:23 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

My 2004 album PASSION has just been re-released in Japan with the original blue swedish cover design in a new format, including the 2 bonus tracks.


And...in the beginning of June I will do three Live Gigs in the Kansai area. If you're around be sure to come! It seems that the Tokushima gig is sold-out, but please call for confirmation.

Other gigs still have tickets:

Hokuo Life Festival
Bakery & Cafe Yukinko
Reservation phone: 088-622-4465
Sold out?

Mother Moon Cafe

Hummock Cafe
Hummock Cafe's 9th anniversary!

Following this, I have three more live gigs in june, in Tokyo:

Open 18:00
Shibuya Edge End
Live time still to be confirmed

Boy Meets Girl vol. 085
Club Roots, Koenji
All night event!

And this recent booking at the Mitsubishi car show room in Tokyo (!!!) -

Live @ Earth - 'Smile for tomorrow'
Mitsubishi Motors Show Room

Hope to see you!

This will be warming-up gigs for my Peacebird Release Tour, which starts in Tokyo in July!

Because the album has been delayed, the recording of my Musical is also delayed, and is postponed until the autumn. I'll write more about that when I have time.


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