For the first time in Russia, the world's most famous Japanese drummer Akira Jimbo
Yamaha artist Akira Jimbo will tour Russian cities on August 13-19, 2012.
A master of excellent technique and a musician of extraordinary energy, Akira Jimbo became the first Japanese drummer to achieve worldwide recognition.
Akira first came to prominence as a member of the Casiopea Jazz Fusion Quartet. The band was formed in 1980 by Issei Noro on guitar, Minoru Mukaiya on keyboards, Tetsuo Sakurai on bass and Takashi Sasaki on drums. The band's first album was released in May of the same year and was an energetic fusion of jazz and funk with the addition of a brass section. Akira was a member of the group until the late 80s, during which time Casiopea toured the world three times, including their first European tour in 1983.
Akira's accomplishments are astonishing given that he first took to the drums at the age of 17, inspired by the work of renowned drummer Steve Gadd.
After leaving Casiopea in 1989, Akira founded Jimsaku and performed with Keiko Matsui, Shambara and many other famous musicians. His solo albums include Cotton (1986), Palette (1991), Slow Boat (1992) and Lime Pie (1994). In addition to his solo projects, Akira has released four instructional videos: Metamorphosis (1992), Pulse (1995), Independence (1998) and Evolution (1999).
Akira Jimbo has been on the world stage since his professional debut with Casiopea for a quarter of a century. For more than 20 years, the musician has been collaborating with Yamaha. Orchestral Man - Akira uses the full power of Yamaha's DTX series electronics and Yamaha triggers to mimic acoustic drums, continuing to amaze the listener with his unique playing technique combined with the latest technology. This allowed the artist to gain deep respect among professional musicians both in Japan and abroad.
In 1999, Akira Jimbo was awarded 2nd place in the British drum magazine RHYTHM as the most popular drummer. In June 2000, he became the first Asian drummer to be featured on the cover of American Modern Drummer. In 2003, he was voted #1 in the RHYTHM & DRUM MAGAZINE Readers' Rankings. In 2007, he received the honorary title of one of the 100 Most Admired Japanese in Newsweek Magazine.
Currently, he is involved in a number of musical projects, and also constantly tours around the world with concerts.
Master classes of a musician in Russia:
August 13 Krasnodar The Rock Bar 18-00
August 15 St. Petersburg Sokol 20-00
August 17 Samara Art Fact 18-00
August 19 Moscow B2 19-00