27 Jun, 2012

Singing in TV Tokyo 

Posted at 14:50 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

Yesterday, for the first time, I sang 2 songs in a shooting for Japanese TV!

The episode for TV Tokyo, featuring the comedian Danchou Yasuda (団長安田), was filmed at 8.Cafe in Fujisawa.

I even spoke a little Japanese, but I don't know how much they will use in the program...
It will be aired on July 12 (thursday) at 11:35 on Channel 7, so be sure to check it out!


27 Jun, 2012

Next live gig: Kugenuma beach!  

Posted at 14:21 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD

On July 14, I will play live at Beachhouse Kugenuma, at the Shonan beach southwest of Tokyo!

It's a sunset event, so the sun will set over the sea as I play! Also, I will focus on bossa nova, even if I will play mostly my own songs, spiced up with a few well selected covers, so it's not one of my usual gigs.

If you have time, you should definitely come down to the beach!

Date: 7/14
Open: 17:00
Start: 17:30
Music charge: 2000 yen (1 drink)

For you who live abroad and can't come, I think you will be able to watch it on Ustream, thanks to the staff at Kugenuma Channel!

At the above (Japan) time, check in:

See you!

23 Jun, 2012

My friend Vanessa Pinheiro 

Posted at 14:54 under MUSIC, OTHERS

My friend in Brazil, Vanessa Pinheiro, recently performed a song in TV, and I'm proud to share it with you here. She's expecting a baby (she's in the 6th month now, I think) and so she sometimes seem to get out of breath, which I don't think matters at all. A beautiful song, and a beautiful voice with immense feeling.



And here's another song from her 2nd album "Varanda", "Era Saudade":

15 May, 2012

Retrato em Branco e Preto 

Posted at 02:04 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS

I always loved RETRATO EM BRANCO E PRETO, the classic song by Tom Jobim & Chico Buarque, which I first discovered in the recording of Joo Gilberto, but which has been recorded by most Brazilian artists.

Of course, I was then very happy when Swedish jazz singer Nina Ripe wanted to record my English translation of the song for her debut album "Apaixonada". It was released in 2011, and I have mentioned it on this blog before. I wrote three of the lyrics for that album, all fully authorized.

The arrangement is great, and the accordion is awesome.

She's just uploaded a youtube video for it, so check it out!

NINA RIPE - Picture in Black and White
(Retrato em Branco e Preto)

Get the lyrics at my website:
http://www.jcschutz.com/music.php?do=vi ... amp;page=1


04 May, 2012

Balans (bossa remix) 

Posted at 02:47 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD

In 2009 I made a bossa nova remix of the song 'Balans' from C'EST LA VIE. It was previously only available on a download compilation, and many people never heard it.

Finally, it's now available from my Bandcamp page with a simple black-and-white cover.

Listen on this page:

The remix has more energy than the original. The guitar is different, so are the drums.
However, all other instruments and vocals are the same, so I don't know where the energy comes from!

The original is here:


15 Apr, 2012

#52 on Amazon Japan 

Posted at 10:42 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

I just want to share this great news that reached me through the internet:

On AMAZON JAPAN's Bestseller ranking of POP albums, 'Peacebird' is number 52!

http://www.amazon.co.jp/PEACEBIRD/dp/B0 ... 9340051_52

As the release was 6 months ago, I think it's really awesome!!!

Good news as I'm just finishing a second Peacebird album...


14 Apr, 2012

Favourite song 

Posted at 02:15 under MUSIC, OTHERS

Just have to share this song.

It's one of my favourite songs of all time, with an amazing lyric. It took some time for this album to grow on me when it was released in 1997, but now I think it's BOB DYLAN's best.

The title is NOT DARK YET, and my favourite lines are:

Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain

I was born here and I'll die here against my will
I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still

I keep coming back to this song over and over. The slow tempo reminds me of being in a dream, trying to walk away from something that haunts you. I think it fits the lyrics perfectly.



26 Mar, 2012

Photos from francfranc 

Posted at 16:17 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

Here are some photos from last Tuesday's event at Aoyama Francfranc with J-WAVE and the navigator Rachel Chan.

With Rachel Chan during the small talk session before my gig:

And another photo, of me singing and playing the cavaquinho (you can see it through the green plants if you look carefully):

Thank you to Rachel Chan and J-WAVE!


26 Mar, 2012

Setlist from Saravah 


Here's my setlist from the gig at Saravah:

1. This Sadness
2. Difficult
3. You Can Discover (John Martyn)
4. This Is Forever
5. Changes Changes (new song)
6. Slow Down
7. Mten Och Avsked (my Swedish translation of Encontros e Despedidas by Milton Nascimento/Fernando Brant)
8. Over The Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg) with special guest Chihiro Fujita
9. Balans

I took the opportunity to play some of the songs I don't play so regularly, to give some variation for those of you who heard me live towards the end of last year.

Here's a photo I borrowed from Chihiro's twitter, which she took of me during the soundcheck:

And here's a photo I took of Piece of Peace during their soundcheck, from backstage. From left to right: Chihiro, Ben, and special guest at the grand piano Tetsuro Yafune:

And a photo of me, taken between cups of coffee while waiting for the clock to turn 19, so I could go out and listen to the DJ:s.

After my performance, I met the owner for the first time, Atsuko Barouh, and could talk with her a little about music.

Thank you Toru Hashimoto, as always from the bottom of my heart, for inviting me to play at your event at great Saravah.


21 Mar, 2012



Here are the setlists from my two recent gigs in Tokyo. Sunday's gig at Setagaya Volunteer Center was lovely, the audience was very warm and receptive. I also did an improvised session with Keico Yoshida (vocals) Hitomi Yamakami (tenor saxophone) and Yuichiro Hiraoka (guitar), which was great fun!

Keico Yoshida, me, Hitomi Yamakami and Yuichiro Hiraoka (hidden behind us) performing Jobim's "Wave".

Otagaisama Festa

1. What good are tears
2. Smile
3. I'm here
4. Balans
5. After the rain
6. Slow down
7. Let the sunlight in
8. Passion

9. C'est la vie

Session at the end of Keico Yoshida's set:
1. Wave

AOYAMA Francfranc
'Rendez-Vous Voyage" release event

1. I love you*
2. Slow down
3. Pickin' up the pieces
4. Balans

*performed with cavaquinho

There are photos from this event on my facebook page:

I have another gig on Saturday, March 24, at
Saravah Tokyo



If you're free, come down to Shibuya. It will be a great night!


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