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YASUAKI SHIMIZU (JAPAN)

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Generally available, now booking 2008/9

Composer, and saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu is one of Japan's most creative and brilliant musicians. He recorded his first solo album in 1978 and formed the group Mariah with whom he released five albums, as well as recording under his own name. From 1996 he worked on a series of acclaimed recordings of Bach's Cello Suites on the tenor saxophone, (Suites 1,2,3 in 1996 and 4,5,6 in 1999) as part of his work with the Saxophonettes.

The recording sites ranged from an underground mine to churches, a concept reflected in his "Bach Saxophone-Space" series of concerts performed at Kodaji Temple in Kyoto, a car park in Shibuya, Tokyo, and various art museums.

Between 1985 and 1991, Shimizu mainly divided his time between London and Paris, collaborating with many European musicians. He has composed soundtracks and works with artists involved with video, multimedia and dance in collaborative performances.

Yasuaki Shimizu is a remarkable musician and performer whose work transcends any musical or audience boundaries appealing to people of all ages and nationalities.

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