31 Jul, 2013

New album 

Posted at 19:08 under MUSIC, JAPAN

Finally, finally, finally....

Beautiful Place is available here:


HMV Japan
Tower Records Japan

There was an outstanding review in DACAPO Web Magazine, the website of one of Japan's leading magazines, DACAPO.
Unfortunately in Japanese - as google translation is awful... But give it a try if you have some imagination:

The headline and the first sentence include words like "Summer's best" and "Career masterpiece..."

... the rest is up to google translation, or your Japanese skills!

22 Jul, 2013

Live at IDEE 

Posted at 01:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN

5th Album Beautiful place 発売!

2013年7月28日、人気インテリアブランドIDEEがヒューマンタッチ溢れる上質な作品を厳選して紹介するIDEE Recordsよりリリースされます!

オリジナル11曲に加え名曲Over the Rainbowのカヴァーも収録。ネオアコースティックの甘酸っぱい輝きにボサノヴァやソウル、フォーク、ジャズのエッセンスを感じさせる珠玉の曲の数々。 キャリア最高傑作と評判の高い一枚です。


また、IDEE SHOP自由が丘ではアルバム発売記念のスペシャルライブを行います。夏の夕暮れ、アコースティックギターの柔らかな響きと優しい歌声を楽しみに是非いらして下さい。

開催場所:イデーショップ 自由が丘店3F


*ライブ詳細につきましては、イデーショップ 自由が丘店までお問い合わせください。

またイデーショップでは"SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER北欧アンティークのある暮らし"として初春のスウェーデン・スコーネ地方で買い付けた、アンティーク家具や雑貨が入荷します。お気に入りの一点との出会いを是非お楽しみ下さい。

26 Jun, 2013

5th album release 

Posted at 16:50 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, JAPAN

After a year of waiting, plan-changing and song-adding, my 5th album Beautiful Place will finally be released on July 28th by Japanese record label IDEE Records!

Initially there were only 8 songs, but 30 minutes playing-time was too short, so I needed to produce 4 more songs. The total playing-time is now about 49 minutes, and the material is now in the mastering studio to be mastered by engineer Hiroshi Shiota at Tokyo Recording Co., who also mastered my Peacebird album from 2011.

I will also visit Japan for a bunch of gigs, but the release is in the middle of our Musical production in Norrköping, Sweden, and I guess this is my busiest year ever!

But the musical is progressing well. We have found actors/singers/dancers for most of the main characters, and now just need a few more ensemble singers and dancers.

You can Like our musical on facebook:

And here is our Swedish blog, where we are writing along the way ("We" are me, Johan Pettersson (whom I wrote the musical with), and our production team):

21 Jun, 2013

New blog 

Posted at 00:00 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE

This week me and Johan Pettersson have started the production of our musical TIVOLISAGA (Carnival Tale), together with the seven members of the production team.

Bookmark our production blog:

We'll be blogging in Swedish, but auto-translators work pretty well.
You will be able to follow our work from now until the premiere in August.

14 Jun, 2013

Musical premiere 

Posted at 09:24 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE

In 1997-98 I was the member of an experimental pop/rock band called Punch & Judy Show. I started the band with Johan Pettersson, a friend from high school.

We looked like this on our first demo cassette tape:

In the photo:
Me (guitar/piano/vocals)*
Johan Pettersson (bass/vocals)
Jimmy Welleby (violin/guitar/vocals)
Andreas Sjökvist (drums)

*My eye is the one with a John Lennon frame.

Johan and I, who had written most of the songs together, decided a few years later to make a musical of the songs, and we did write a libretto inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, and inserted the songs in the dialogue, but for different reasons we never quite finished it.

Until now!

We have now rewritten parts of the script and updated the song lyrics. Johan will be the director of this production, and I will be the musical supervisor, so probably none of us will be on the stage. At least not as singers.

(Carnival Tale)

a new musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet

by Johan Pettersson and J.C. Schütz

Premiere performances: AUGUST 24 and 25
at the Arbis Theatre, Norrköping (Sweden)

Total performance time: appr. 1 hour 30 minutes (plus interval)
Details and ticket information coming soon.

The stage (obviously without our stage design so far). The theatre opened in 1865.

We will try to start a production blog, where we'll post photos and daily news from our work. I'll keep you informed.

The original Romeo & Juliet play had its Swedish (and Scandinavian) premiere in Norrköping too, in 1776!

05 Jun, 2013

Happy anniversary Bar Music! 

Posted at 20:53 under MUSIC, JAPAN

My favorite Tokyo bar, BAR MUSIC, run by DJ Tomoaki Nakamura, celebrates their 3rd anniversary now in June.

I was asked to choose a song, and I wrote a short commemoration text which was put on the blog yesterday.

Click here to read:
http://barmusic-coffee.blogspot.jp/2013 ... johan.html

The song I chose was "From Gagarin's Point of View", with Swedish jazz trio E.S.T. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio). Here is a live version of the song, which I really love. This is one of my favorite bands, especially live.

Unfortunately, Esbjörn died a couple of years ago in an accident, but his memory and his music will live forever.

Enjoy this stellar music:

Bar Music website:

Don't forget to read the text:
http://barmusic-coffee.blogspot.jp/2013 ... johan.html

26 May, 2013


Posted at 12:23 under ART, OTHERS

Last week we took some promotion photos for my new album. This one was taken by Tadatomo Oshima at IDEE Records, the record label that will release the album.

What do you think?

Photo from Oshima-san's instagram page:



24 May, 2013

Love is not a crime 

Posted at 03:50 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY

http://www.change.org/petitions/assista ... lationship

Please sign this petition.

Kaitlyn Hunt is prosecuted in Florida for having a 3-years-younger girlfriend. I'm not the only one who suspects that this would not happen if one of them were male.

Kaitlyn's girlfriend's parents are against their same-sex relationship, and thus went to the police. Now, she faces years in prison - or - two years in house arrest, if she chooses.

Please sign this petition to drop the charges now.
Stop this madness. Love is not a crime.

Here's the link again:

http://www.change.org/petitions/assista ... lationship

23 May, 2013

Setlist from 5/4 

Posted at 13:39 under MUSIC, SETLISTS, JAPAN

A bit late, but here it is, the setlist for my gig on May 4th at Shibuya Edge End.

1. Aurora
2. There's Only You
3. I Came from Bahia* (Gilberto Gil/"Eu vim da Bahia")
4. Changes Changes
5. Jabuticaba
6. Beautiful Place

7. Falando de Amor (Tom Jobim)
8. Reach the Top
9. Baby Just Relax
10. Out of Nowhere
11. I'm Here
12. Slow Down

13. Passion

At my gigs when I run out of performance time, I usually take away one song here and there, and therefore - as usual - the above setlist MAY contain an error or two.

* In the middle of the first verse of my translation of Gilberto Gil's EU VIM DA BAHIA (I came from Bahia), I messed up the chords and had to start all over. That is a very rare thing, so I was almost a bit happy to be able to show the audience this, and share the fact that we all make mistakes.

It's one of the most difficult songs I know, not because it's technically difficult, but because the chord pattern NEVER REPEATS through the song, except for the last two lines of the chorus. Until that point, the melody and chords just keep changing and developing all the time. So if you're lost, you're lost, and there's no way to get back right.

Here's my recording from 2007 if you want to listen:
http://jcschutz.bandcamp.com/track/i-ca ... m-da-bahia

18 May, 2013

Website up! 

Posted at 15:31 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS

The new website is now On Air!


Let me know what you think of the new design. It's supposed to be responsive, so it looks almost the same both on big computer screens and small mobile phones. I used some big background photos from Sweden this time. Maybe they can be slow to load if you're on an old machine...

Please spread the link to your friends!


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