On May 6th, Jazzystan Festival will host the main heroes of Tokyo jazz scene, who proved Japanese jazz to be expressive, vigorous and full of energy and emotions, as it was also proven during the previous events.
The Land of the Rising Sun is represented by the following bands:
Quasimode - jazz project from Tokyo, its highly emotional manner of play can be envied by many big bands. Very bright and deep sound of Quasimode is based on structure and classical techniques of jazz of 60-70s of 20th century in a contemporary interpretation, mixed with Latino tunes and rhythms as well as energy of club jazz.
Soil&Pimp Sessions made thousands of young people all around the world fall in love with jazz. It’s just a fantastic band and everyone who was lucky enough to see and hear them during last October’s Jazzystan Festival joined their extensive fan base. Incredible energy, drive, power, yet originality… Words are not enough to describe emotions which overwhelm you during the live performance. They can easily play pestered standards in a new manner, masterly and with certain part of madness, which they easily apply.
Root Soul - bassist Kenichi Ikeda, aka Root Soul, has been a regular member of the Kyoto Jazz Massive live band for some time. His project was co-produced with Shuya Okino and hits a nice balance between retro (soul, jazz, funk music) and contemporary sounds. Anyone who has enjoyed Kyoto Jazz Massive's output, Shuya Okino or more recent tunes from Jazzanova will find something to like here.
Festival Director – famous DJ and radio host in Kazkahstan – Rustam Ospanov.
photo by Ilya Postnikov