This album brings Aska Kaneko, an virtuoso violinist who makes you forget the violin itself, together with Masaki Hayashi, a pianist who fuses freedom with tranquility. Here is a duo album that defies the boundaries of jazz, classical, world or ambient music and celebrates the joy of living on this planet.
Hello and thanks for viewing our site. Two amazing artists, violinist Aska Kaneko & pianist Masaki Hayashi are now in the process of creating a duo album to be entitled “Delicia.” The tracks on this album resists easy classification, but the soundscape that is emerging occupies a space somewhere between jazz, classical & World Music.
For the past several months we have been recording in Tokyo & St.Louis. We were fortunate to be able to record at Why Nut's studio in Chiba Japan, which was designed by one of Japan’s top recording engineers, Shinichi Akagawa. The unique studio has a very high ceiling and a wide open space blocked out all in natural wood. It is a wonderful space for creating a warm ambient sound. We have also been recording at Shock City Studio in St. Louis, another wide open and beautiful acoustic environment.
The piano on this album was selected by Makoto Kano, a world renown expert in pianos and tuning. This particular instrument is an old ”GROTRIAN - STEINWEG,” which was expertly tuned for these acoustic recording sessions.
For the first time we are also experimenting with a sound wave adjustment device that has been used as a medical device in Germany for the past several decades. A clinical technical adviser adjusted the wave frequency of the space and instruments just prior to the actual recording. For the two of us the resulting sound somehow encapsulates pleasure, freedom and a life force beyond the individual notes that we played. The musical satisfaction and energy we both experienced in this series of recording sessions was incredible.
The recording sessions felt like we we were drawing abstract paintings, running our ink brushes freely across an open canvas. We hope the listener can experience a bit of what we felt in the studio.
One meaning of the album title “Delicia" is “joy,” which we felt during this series of recording sessions and which came to an apex at a point of quietude.
While we were working on this album the funding organization “TWIN MUSIC” for the first professional musicians in Japan was launched, and we decided to join this group. It turns out that we are among the very first recording artists in Japan to be part of this new approach to funding artistic endeavors. We sincerely thank each of you for considering to join us on this project.
While this type of funding is new to the Japanese musical landscape, musicians such as David Samborne and Steve Gadd have already created numerous ambitious works with the help of funding from such organizations.
Aska Kaneko and Masaki Hayashi are very hopeful that Twin Music will become a platform for the creation of alternative recordings in Japan and also act as a means of connecting the audience and the performers more directly. Twin Music holds the possibility of unleashing the artist's inspiration and motivations and freeing these from the huge capital requirements of the major recording companies. Hopefully this will allow innovative recordings to quickly come to fruition and find their way into the hands of a supportive audience.
We see Twin Music as an epochal attempt to change way that the "flow of money" works in the music industry in Japan and beyond. Won’t you join us in the process of shaping this exciting industry changing opportunity?
Asuka Kaneko and Hayashi Masaki's duo album "Delicia" will be the first release by “TWIN MUSIC.” It is born with joy and the hope of opening the door to many future creative works by recording artists in Japan .
Thank you so very much!
Asuka Kaneko and Hayashi Masaki
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Listening party@Sony Music Studio, includes a CD for each gu+
You are invited to our mini party @Sony Music Studio in Nogizaka to listen to our new CD before the official release date. Let’s celebrate new release listening this new album in the super high fidelity space of the Sony Recording Studio.
Minimum number of people 15.
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A 2-hour private violin lesson with Aska Kaneko+
@ a studio inside Tokyo. Possibility dates: April 15,16, 22, 23 (weekday, day time)
(in consultation with Aska). Available for up to 3 people to take this lesson together if you desire to share the experience with your friends. 1 class.
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Aska & Hayashi will come to your house or place of your designation, and will perform a 1 hour mini concert. The venue will work if a piano and violin can play together in the space. (Only locations within reach of Tokyo. If the space is outside of Tokyo’s 23 Wards, an additional transportation fee will apply)