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Our second album, called "Newselves", which includes 10 original compositions is duo style of piano and drums. Each song has each story which comes from special visual scene, our experience and emotions. We try to describe them with using jazz vocabulary. Also we pursue how to make a conversation between piano and drums.
Newselves is a kind of unique word. The meaning of this title is shedding the old self and putting on the new self. It's never too late to take on a challenge. Live life to the fullest for your new self in the future.
MEGTARO is an instrumental band from Tokyo, Japan since 2015. The members are Megumi Otani (piano) and Kentaro Nakayama (drums). Basic format is piano and drums DUO style. Mostly MEGTARO performs member's original songs which are colorful, emotional, and peaceful with using jazz vocabulary. MEGTARO has a wide variety of projects such as piano and drums DUO, piano trio, quartet, quintet, with sax, vocal, cello and tap dance. Moreover, the DUO has two albums "Arise"(2018), "Newselves"(2020), "World Painter"(2022). Also MEGTARO has new project which is "MEGTARO Vocalize", including piano, drums and 3 voices, and it released new album "Lyric" in 2023. Each song describes nature, special visual scene, member's experience and thought. Their original compositions are added so many playlists on Spotify and streaming sites. Currently they are played more than 4.5 million times (March, 2023) Megumi Otani / Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, Arranger Megumi Otani is a professional pianist, composer and arranger. She started to play piano and Electone in YAMAHA when she was 3 years old, and started to compose when she was 6 years old. She became a winner of "Japan Junior Electone Competition 2004" when she was the age of 15. Since then, she started her career as a professional musician. In 2008, she entered Tokyo College of Music. During this time, she studied compositions for small group jazz, big band jazz, movie and advertisement. After she graduated, her major style became jazz. In addition, her style makes her a versatile sideman such as a jazz pianist, a pop, R&B, gospel keyboardist, a recording musician, a composer and an arranger of TV program and advertisement songs, and many others. Kentaro Nakayama : Jazz Drummer, Composer, Educator Kentaro Nakayama is a professional jazz drummer, based in Tokyo, Japan. In 2006, Kentaro accepted his scholarship and moved to Boston, M.A. to study jazz and contemporary music at Berklee College of Music. During this time at Berklee, he met many great musicians and began studying with highly acclaimed giants such as Ian Froman, John Ramsey, Mark Walker, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook and more. In 2010, Kentaro moved to New York City to start his career as a professional drummer after graduating from Berklee College of Music. He had many opportunities for performing with great artists. During this time, Clarence Penn, top-drawer international drummer and composer, began supporting his efforts on New York's music scene and became his mentor. In 2014, he moved back to Japan. Currently his style is based on jazz but is flexible so that it becomes him a versatile sideman.