17 Jul, 2012


Posted at 04:06 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, SETLISTS

Last Saturday's bossa nova gig on the beach in Kugenuma, Fujisawa, is available at youtube on Kugenuma Channel. The live streaming at ustream was distorted by the strong winds, winds that also interfered with my performance, as the sound from the monitor speakers literally "blew away" - I feel like I sing out of tune most of the time...

In the video, you can see it on the papers in front of me, but the sound has been fixed before uploading.

July 14
Beachhouse Kugenuma

1. Triste
2. There's Only You
3. Tristeza
4. Luiza
5. Photograph
6. I'm Here
7. I Guess It's OK / Vai Ficar Tudo Bem

8. Wave
9. Difficult
10. Falando De Amor
11. Balans
12. Let The Sunlight In
13. Changes Changes
14. What Good Are Tears
15. Passion

Unrehearsed encore:
16. Prague This Spring
17. After The Rain
18. This Is Forever

July 16

At yesterday's performance in the TOKYO FM program BLUE OCEAN, I sang these two songs:

1. I'm Here
2. Let The Sunlight In

It was my first time at TOKYO FM, and Miki Sumiyoshi and the other staff was really kind. I wonder if the listeners could understand my Japanese though! (^_^)

With Miki Sumiyoshi;

Blue Ocean:

July 12

Last week in the scene from 8 Hotel in Fujisawa in TV TOKYO's travel program, I sang:

1. Passion
2. Changes Changes

(Link to program page, but I'm not there:)
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/yururitabi/ba ... /20120712/

Tokyo is HOT now!!!

13 Jul, 2012

Live at Tokyo FM! 

Posted at 09:41 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

Monday morning I'm invited to TOKYO FM's program 'Blue Ocean' as their morning guest. It's Ocean's Day in Japan (Umi no hi), and I'll be on air from 8:45 Japanese time. I'll be talking and singing a couple of songs live in the studio, so be sure to listen!

It's my first time at Tokyo FM, so I'm really looking forward to it!


16 July (monday)
Start 8:30 AM


Radiko is a website to listen to Japanese radio online, but it sometimes has restricted access:

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!


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