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"In Thoughtful" and "Leaping Up" from their second album "Newselves" released in 2020 have been picked up by multiple playlists on Spotify and have been played over 3.6 million times. On March 19, 2022, MEGTARO will release their third duo album called "World Painter".
This album is about going on a journey and each songs are our messages. We need to get out from unheard of happening in the world. Look outside once again and watch what is going on, do what you can do, create your own life with your loved ones and people you will meet in the future! Like a painting a world you have never seen on the white canvas.
One of the highlights of the songs is the profound sound that you would not expect from just two people playing together. Also they have much strong Jazz flavor than before.
Compared to the first album, which had a healing theme, and the second album, which had a refreshing theme, this album seems like round world adventure.
The recording, mixing, and mastering have done at Dede Studio, the music studio of Akihito Yoshikawa, who is active both in Japan and around the world.
In this time he challenged a new panning technique that is unique to the duo, and the more you listen to it, the more you will appreciate it.
This album is a must listen for audiophiles, and jazz enthusiasts outside Japan will also enjoy it.
The album is designed to tell a story from the beginning to the end, and not to get tired even if you listen it over and over again. The album includes "Newselves" which is MEGTARO's first collaborative work, "Ame" is a transcription of the sound of rain and scenes outside, "This Made My Day" is a ballad that captures a scene from everyday life, "The Ninja Star" is about the ninja reveals the secrets of the world, "For Good" is a song that expresses a desire to be handed down from generation to generation, and "Fool Around" is for having fun and exiting moment, etc... You can't miss all songs out!!
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.