A support song for Project FUKUSHIMA! from Ryuichi Sakamoto. It's a grand, ambient acoustic work that will reveal new discoveries with every listen. It's simply a gem. The beat heaves in the distance over subliminally arranged noisy high frequencies to create a sequence full of tranquility and tenderness... Please playback using the largest speakers possible so you don't miss a single nuance. Otomo Yoshihide will remix this song and post it to Sakamoto's aid site by the end of July. (http://kizunaworld.org)
After 3.11Earthquake, Kazutoki Umezu from Sendai composed this extremely beautiful song. Its"sax solo version" and "Shin-okubo gentlemen version" are already on You Tube. Moreover, you can get Kazunori Kumagai's tap dance and duo versions at DIY HEARTS, but this vocal version "Tohoku" is ultimate. You can't stop but weep listening to it. You'll have tearful eyes. I have never been this moving before! I confidently recommend it!
antennasia is a mysterious group by san (vo) and Nerve (prog). They offered "Project FUKUSHIMA!" these songs, which have been already released, with careful selection on the idea that they'd love to help Project FUKUSHIMA! as much as possible. You can listen to "Female River", expressing environmental destructions with singing without lyrics, and other two songs.
Two new songs by Michiro Endo, written exclusively for this project. Lyrics full of irony and wit about alarmingly serious topics. Cutting words pierce your heart one after another. "I'll slay you all with my words!"
Recorded at a special studio of KOCO FM in Koriyama in tandem with the first live concert of [DOMMUNE FUKUSHIMA!] as a part of [Project FUKUSHIMA!]. The poems by Wago and the improv performance by Otomo, Nanao, U-zhaan and rei harakami are musical journeys on separate paths that magically converge and diverge repeatedly. The overwhelming reality of this piece seizes and holds on to listeners' souls. It's 15 minutes long, but feels like it is over in an instant.
The eighth work of DIY FUKUSHIMA! is a song by ANLA COURTIS from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the opposite side of the earth! Moreover, he kindly sent a 37-min unreleased track (long enough to make a CD) . It's still fresh in my memory that he came to Japan in this February and joined in the concert tour with many Japanese musicians. "FRANKFURT" is an unreleaced source of the live performance in Frankfurt in 2005. You can listen to minimal music like meditation, with electric guitar, Pocket Theremin and Argentine folk instruments. Let the music wash over you, with Anla's message "Dedicated to Fukushima". (※ANLA COURTIS＝Musician born in Buenos Aires, who plays electric guitar mainly, and various instruments (materials) . In 1996, he formed a legendary experimental group "Reynols" with Miguel Thomassin and other musicians in Buenos Aires. More than 100 works were releaced as Reynols. As solo career, he's performed with many musician around the world regardless of the genre. A huge number of songs are on his discography. He's an important person embodying the broadness of Argentine music.)
Rebels Ground consists of artists born and living in Fukushima. Five months have passed since 3.11, without any concrete measures by the government for the decontamination operations and the people taking refuge. Local regions are ignored for the central one, and the government puts the center economics before people's lives and beautiful nature. This is a wonderful song with a sense of that impatience and urgency. Looking at attached photographs and words, you may think this song was composed after 3.11, but actually before that day. After the nuclear accident, the name "Fukushima" became known all over the world. Rebels Ground are always with Fukushima. I'd like you to feel it within the sound and words. Strong message from Fukushima.
March 11th, 2011―Although that was a day of the first live performance by Seijaku at Koenji HIGH in Tokyo, the massive earthquake at 2:46 pm stopped all the public transportation in the metropolitan area. Not only the audiences but also performers got stuck, so they had to cancel the performance. But on May 10th, two months later, they had a wonderful performance full of their energies at the same place. These two songs, though only a part of it, directly struck the audiences' hearts and brains as an "After 3.11" performance. I hope you feel their overwhelming energies and dynamics. Listen carefully....
Three soulful songs written and composed by Jun Nagami (a.k.a. Madam Guitar) exclusively for Project FUKUSHIMA! Performed by a trio formed especially for this project who dedicate the whole of their beings to every note. Almost powerful enough to cast off radioactive winds, Madam Guitar's songs will definitely put you in a better mood. Listen and lighten up!!! Recorded on June 2, 2011 at UBiK Studio. Includes a new illustration by Master Taiga Kuhara on the jacket and a lyrics page.
sim is going to release a new album within the year (2011). This is a song from the album, with Oshima's mix and edit different from the original one. Ootani's electronic sound and noise hopping up and down, Uemura's groovy drums and Oshima's keen and threading sound by his unique "sim-version guitar". You will feel like listening to the comfortable, kind of split arrangement and mix eternally. What a fine groove! That's just like sim. You can get it at this site only.
Taichi Imanishi sings his heart out for Fukushima, Tohoku district and Japan! He was going to perform live at MATCHBOX in Fukushima City and be on a live TV program "Sata-Fuku" in this April, but those schedules were cancelled because the great earthquake made it difficult for the live house to open as usual and for the TV company to go on the original schedule. In this situation he composed "Nippon". This version is from his performance at a "Sata-Fuku", when he was finally in Fukushima in July. I can't help but feel touched by his performance squeezing his heart out of his body! Taichi Imanishi Profile: He made a major debut in 1992 after building his career as a band in Kyoto. Even though he desperately got on with his career through experiences as a curtain-raiser in the concert of big-name artists, radio personality, CM-track producer and a movie actor, the production company dissolved the contract with him in 1999. But he didn't give up singing. Now he performs live 120 times a year across the country. He gains the overwhelming support of not only his generation but also younger people for his songs and the way he lives.