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I've been working as a professional musician since 1999, and at last, I have finally recorded my first album as leader! It is based upon, and influenced by, my experiences of studying in the U.S., of working at a theme park, and of Japanese-pop and jazz.
I have been very fortunate to have had a lot of help from my friends. I'd like to give special thanks to the great trombonists who live in the U.S. and who joined me on this project.
This project is intended to help the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
I will donate part of the proceeds of this CD to the EL SISTEMA JAPAN. (http://www.elsistemajapan.org/)
Everybody thank you very much!!!
Hiroki Fujii (Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone) Nathan Tanouye (Trombone) Nate Kimball (Trombone) Jim Lutz (Trombone) Maki Kitamura (Piano) Koji Tetsui (Bass) Blacky Kuroda (Drums) Yuta Kaji (Guitar) Shunosuke Ishikawa (Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone) Yusuke Orita (Trumpet) Takahiro Dai (Flugelhorn) Saori Hoshino (Violin, Strings Arrangement)
Hiroki Fujii was born in 1979 in Osaka. When he was a high school student he got the 3rd place in the 4th annual Japan Trombone Competition. He started his career as a professional musician at the age of 19. He played with the Tokyo Disney Sea Maritime Band for 2 years before he went to the United States to study music at the age of 24. He got a scholarship to study at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and studied with Bruce Paulson. Immediately after he returned to Japan, he played in the Tokyo Disney Land Band for 1 year. He has also performed and worked with numerous jazz artists including Allen Hermann, Alenn Vizutti, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Eero Koivistoinen, Eijiro Nakagawa, Eric Marienthal, Eric Miyashiro, George Roberts, Harry Betts, Jeff Coffin, Jigs Whigham, Jim Pugh, Lloyd Ulyate, Mats Holmquist, Randy Brecker, Rich Perry, Tim Hagans and Wycliffe Gordon. Hiroki has recorded a lot of music for TV commercials. He has also played on many CDs for Japanese pop and rock artists. These include Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Maki Oguro, and Kanjani Eight. He has also played live and toured with world famous artists such as Eikichi Yazawa, Ai Otsuka, Kanjani Eight, Subaru Sibutani and Naoto Inti Raymi. He has composed and arranged music for his own bands "Hero's Session" and "Hero's Brass". He also composed and arranged works which have been played at Tokyo Disney and Tokyo Sky Tree as well as other locations in around Tokyo. Hiroki worked as an instructor with Yamaha Music School between 2008 and 2015. Here he taught all levels and individuals as well as groups. He focused on a broad range of skill areas in his classes. These included anatomy, psychology in order to broaden his range of teaching techniques. Hiroki has published a book of etudes which extend brass players' abilities. He has also written a number of musical pieces for brass players. He has also worked with willie's Custom Brass to design the Mt.Fuji model mouthpiece. Hiroki is a Yamaha Z model official user. In addition to his role as teacher and performer, Hiroki helped victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, by playing concerts and teaching. He has also supported communities in Cebu in the Philippines by donating second-hand instruments as well as teaching and performing.
Mt. Fuji Records