Joe Downard released his debut album “Seven Japanese Tales” promoted by songs “Terror” and “A Portrait Of Shunkin”.
Joe Downard released his debut album “Seven Japanese Tales” promoted by songs “Terror” and “A Portrait Of Shunkin”. The album was written as a suite, comprised of 7 pieces inspired by seven short stories by writer Junichiro Tanizaki featured in “Seven Japanese Tales”. The music features a range of moods and dynamics supported by soundscapes, analogue electronics and acoustic sextet. Joe Downard is a member of London quintet Waaju, which just released their second album on Olindo Records.
Watch below the video to Joe Downard two new songs “Terror” and “A Portrait Of Shunkin” from his debut album “Seven Japanese Tales”:
“This is a suite of music named and inspired by a collection of short stories by the great 20th -century Japanese writer Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. Narratives and characters are expressed through interweaving melodies that echo both within individual pieces and improvised passages, and throughout the music as a whole, creating a thread for the listener to follow over the course of the suite”, Joe explained his inspirations.
The album explores Joe Downard’s interest in Japanese literature and features seven compositions, each named after one of the stories. His musical inspiration is ranging from Radiohead and James Blake through Messiaen and Ambrose Akinmusire. “Seven Japanese Tales” features an augmented sextet lineup, including electronic elements and field recordings from Downard’s travels in Japan.
Listen below to Joe Downard two new songs “Terror” and “A Portrait Of Shunkin” from his debut album “Seven Japanese Tales”:
Joe Downard new album “Seven Japanese Tales” come out via Ubuntu Music on 12th June 2020.
Alex Hitchcock - tenor sax,
James Copus - trumpet,
Will Barry - piano,
Rupert Cox - synths
Felix Ambach - drums.
1. A Portrait Of Shunkin
3. Bridge of Dreams
4. The Tattooer
5. Aguri 07:33
6. The Thief
7. A Blind Man's Tale
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