29 Dec, 2010

Introducing the VIP Club 


Posted at 11:45 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN, OTHERS


i am very happy to announce the introduction of the VIP Club from January 2011.

the VIP Club is a fan-club, with exclusive Members-only content, such as contests, online interaction with me and much more.

why "VIP Club"???

to me, my fans are Very Important Persons (VIP), so the name was easy to decide. i don't like the relation "fan/idol". i don't want to be elevated, i'm not different from anyone else. i make music, someone likes it. when i go to a restaurant, someone else makes the food, and i like it. we're all in a constant flux of relations to eachother.

a 1-year VIP CLUB membership includes all this:


1. Exclusive Welcome Gift
2. Login access to the VIP CLUB website and forum - interact with me and with other fans
3. Exclusive news and behind-the-scenes videos
4. Free song download every month, accompanied by my detailed story behind the song
5. Contests - win merchandise and signed items
6. Invitation to a VIP-members-only Live performance
7. 2 times/year a printed VIP Member Mini Magazine with pictures, info and personal texts
8. A personal postcard from me congratulating you on your birthday
9. Pre-sale access to albums, tickets and merchandise


and it's not expensive! residents of Japan pay 4,000 yen. people from other countries pay 30 euro, an equivalent of 40 us dollars.


FAQ and signup form:
http://www.jcschutz.com/register


let me wish you a Happy New Year. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, so i want to share these wonderful cookies with you, from Tokyo's LE CAFE MAMIE




peace!

see you in the VIP Club!

http://www.jcschutz.com/vip





23 Dec, 2010

Slow Down on youtube 


Posted at 10:59 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN

finally uploaded to youtube - "Slow Down", in perfect timing for the X-mas and New Year holidays.


MERRY X-MAS !

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

SLOW DOWN !




peace!





20 Dec, 2010

Snow 


Posted at 17:00 under OTHERS




this year, europe has seen a real cold and snowy winter. in one way, i can't be bothered about stopping trains and cancelled flights. it gives us a chance to relax, breathe and enjoy the quiet white beauty.


so let's step back

and take a deep breath

let's enjoy the beauty and silence

maybe it will tell us some truths.


note:
the photo above shows a road.
it was taken three weeks ago. now there is more snow....


peace!





18 Dec, 2010

Captain Beefheart 


Posted at 06:13 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART has died at the age of 69. he was one of the world's most original and interesting artists and songwriters.


rest in peace, Don Van Vliet.


here's a great song called I'M GLAD, which i want to send along with mr Beefheart's soul out in the endless universe:




ROLLING STONE magazine's obituary:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... 9-20101217


peace!





14 Dec, 2010

Gentleman Stories 


Posted at 01:54 under ART, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


my british friends Simon Stewart and James Raiher, authors of The Gentleman Stories, a great series of short-stories, have posted a new story on their blog thegentlemanstories.wordpress.com.

this is top-quality story-telling.

their stories were earlier being discussed for a TV-series, however i'm not sure what happened with those plans. it would make great material, though.

read 'On Incompatible Love' here:

http://thegentlemanstories.wordpress.com/2010/12


peace!





05 Dec, 2010

New song sample - Let The Sunlight In 


Posted at 01:45 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


my aim was to post a sample of a new song every week, but i've been too busy lately, i'm very sorry for that. here's a new sample of a song that some of you may have heard performed by japanese singer TOKI ASAKO, she released it on her album 'Touch' from 2009. this is my own version.

i'm still in the pre-production stage so the sound WILL change, but i still hope you will enjoy it. click PLAY button to listen.


LET THE SUNLIGHT IN

Player


for your information:

this is NOT the finished version. i'm just uploading it so you can follow the process. i will record new vocals, probably change the drums, keyboards, mix, etc.

let me know your thoughts!
please comment on twitter.com/jcschutz


sign up for my newsletter in the right menu and you will receive a WELCOME GIFT, a free mp3 download of "Slow Down" recorded live with a full band at Loop Daikanyama, Tokyo, 13 June 2010. for Newsletter subscribers only ;-)

peace!





28 Nov, 2010

Musical producers wanted! 


Posted at 08:10 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, JAPAN


we now look for sponsors and producers to help finance the recording of the Musical. i plan to enter the recording studio during the summer of 2011.


DO YOU want to be a co-producer ?


this Musical will discuss cross-cultural understanding and the power of dreams.

the story of destined love is based in Japan, with some scenes taking place in Sweden.


anyone who help raise enough funds (to put it simple: 'money') for this Musical will be regarded an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, and your name will be included on all printed material regarding this Musical and Album recording, forever.


if you are interested, please send an email to
peacebirdmusic (*) gmail.com

and we will get back to you with details about how you can help. for safety reasons, the songs and the storyline are still confidential, but you will receive all information in our reply.

you can write in English, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese.


the music is highly dramatic, drawing much inspiration from asian scales and instrument sounds. it's mainly pop/rock songs crossed with world music, and in a few numbers resembling old Musical music such as Weill/Brecht and Cole Porter.

the main part of the songs will use regular drumkit and real instruments, but a couple of songs use drum loops to evoke the modern world, mainly in a manic unpredictable way.


i have composed some of my best songs ever for this Musical. it's 100 minutes of music divided in two acts, so i guess it will be a double-CD.

the recording will incorporate a small orchestra - that apart from the rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar and piano - will have sections of strings and horns, about 5 percussion players, the japanese instruments shakuhachi (flute), koto (harp) and the chinese erhu (kind of 'violin').

plus a couple of additional singers. it's a very big project to keep in check, i can tell you.


for this Musical CD the amazingly talented Masako Kurokawa from Osaka, Japan, will paint the cover and images for the detailed booklet including all lyrics (see one of her previous paintings above).

check out her website for inspiration:
Masako Kurokawa website


after the recording, the next step is finding a theatre to stage the production. it will be an all-night dramatic experience, totally almost 2 hours of music PLUS dialogues, so the total playing time will be around 2 hours and 30 minutes.


'EVERY WISH IS FULFILLED
IF WE ONLY DARE BELIEVE'

(from the song "Dream")


Producers wanted!


peace!





24 Nov, 2010

Japan 


Posted at 13:05 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, ART, JAPAN


Japan has given me some of the most beautiful experiences and memories in my whole life. now, i just returned from the local supermarket and i was suddenly overwhelmed by strong emotions. i have been in japan 5 times, and the last two times have changed my life in many ways.

it's time for me to start giving something back to the land of the rising sun.

and first out is my Musical.

i've finished 80 minutes of music, that's 23 songs, and still need about 20 minutes before i can say it's done. 100 minutes of music, that's about 2 full-length albums!!!

so, my plan is to make a 2-CD release with all the music, recorded by mainly swedish and japanese musicians, and with the singers singing in english.

the marvellous Osaka artist Masako Kurokawa has agreed to make the artwork for the Musical CD, and i am very happy about that! i really LOVE her work, please check out her blog:
http://masakuro.exblog.jp



the story and details of the Musical is still confidential, i'm sorry about that... all i can say is that it will take place in Japan and Sweden and discuss cross-cultural issues, modern life versus traditions, based on my own beliefs in Fate and Destiny and the power of dreams.

i've spent 2 years now writing songs, and i can say it has been worth every moment!

the first advice you get on websites about writing a musical is always: "DON'T" and i understand why. it's years of unpaid work and struggle for an idea that only you know and care about. you really don't know if anything will come out of it.

but i really believe in this project, and now i'm almost there. it makes my eyes brim with tears.

life is a beautiful journey.

let's make the most of it while we're here on Earth together.





MASAKO KUROKAWA takes part in an exhibition in The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo from December 8, be sure to go there! her work is outstanding!

http://www.ueno-mori.org

she also has an exhibition in Osaka, starting the week before, on December 2. all information in japanses is here:

http://www.toshima.ne.jp/~yukitag


peace!





21 Nov, 2010

Magic Aprs-midi 


Posted at 08:26 under MUSIC, JAPAN




last night at CAFE APRES-MIDI in shibuya was magic and totally wonderful!

it was the first of two event nights celebrating Toru Hashimoto's Cafe Aprs-midi's 11-year-anniversary ('Side A'). Hashimoto is one of Japan's absolutely most important persons when it comes to discovering good music and telling the rest of Japan about it - through books, magazines, compilation albums, new productions, radio programming, events, etc etc etc.

it was my 3rd time to perform at Cafe Apres-midi, and i just want to say Thank you, Toru Hashimoto-san!

TAISUKE TSUGIMATSU - who you all recognize by now as my FAVOURITE japanese singer, songwriter, piano player, and who is also a good friend, did a fantastic performance! Fujii Toshimitsu helped in 3 songs playing improvised jazz drums.

WONDERFUL ! ! !

i also did 3 songs together with taisuke, his fabulous 'Natsu no Numa', Bob Marley's 'Waiting in Vain' and my own 'Passion'.

NOA NOA also played a short set with great singer Chihiro and guitar player Ben. it's always a pleasure to hear your music!

my own set ('stage' as the japanese call it) consisted of 11 songs (to celebrate the 11 years) included some old songs and three new songs, plus a cover of Jobim's amazing jazz waltz 'Luiza', which i sang in portuguese. my new songs really seem to appeal to the audience here in Japan, for a reason i don't know.

towards the end of my performance, Taisuke suddenly started playing his glockenspiel, and Fujii began playing percussion on the floor where he was sitting, using his drumkit brushes and a shaker, absolute magic!

i finished with my new song 'Pickin' up the pieces', a song about moving to a new city, leaving friends and the old life behind to start a new chapter with faith that everything will turn out allright.

with Taisuke's glockenspiel, Fujii's percussion, and Cafe Aprs-midi filled with wonderful people - new friends and new strangers - my eyes filled with tears as i was singing. and with Tae's presence in the audience my heart was moved in a very, very deep way. thank you for coming and thank you for existing!

i'm ready for a new chapter. let's write history!



Fujii, Taisuke, JC. Photo by Acha: (twitter.com/acha_e_)


peace!





19 Nov, 2010

Live tonight 


Posted at 05:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN


tonight i will perform as 'special guest' at SAEKO INUZUKA's concert at Praca Onze.

i'll sing 4 songs together with Saeko, and 3 songs by myself. Praca Onze has always great sound and a wonderful atmosphere, so be sure you come if you're in central tokyo. it's just a few minutes walk from Omote Sando station!

Open 19:00
Start 20:00

Main act:
SAEKO INUZUKA (vocals, guitar)
with SACHIKO ISHIKAWA (percussion)
and special guest J.C. SCHTZ (vocals, guitar)

More info:
http://saeko.info/saeko3schedule.htm


Praca Onze website:
http://www.praca11.net/main.html


peace!






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