Samurai Beat Radio and Kinokuniya Bookstore presents
“J-music and Fashion with Artistic Refinement”
INOhidefumi Listening session feat his ALBUMS
“Living Message” & “Satisfaction”=U.S. debut!!=
“Satisfaction” “Living Message”
Wed,Sep 10. 5:30pm START
Kinokuniya Bookstore at 1073 Avenue of the Americas
(bet.40&41st across the Bryant part)at 2F event space.
INO hidefumi :: biography ::
Born in Miyazaki prefecture in Japan
INO’ s musical talent emerged at the age of 5 when he started playing piano.
But his remarkable journey began in the year 2002, when he launched his own caf’ e“Tenement”
in Ebisu, Tokyo, his home base for his music project.
In 2004, INO launched the label “innocent record” . It’ s named by Yasuharu Konishi (Pizzicato five).
With his “one artist, one label” policy, it only releases and manages his own music.
In 2005, he released “7inch series” representing his loyalty to the 7-inch analog record format.
Total 7 records have been released. The first 4 have already become rare classic catalogues in the Tokyo music market.
In 2006, 1st. Album “Satisfaction” was released. Despite no promotions, it ranked top 10 indie chart at the major record store in Tokyo for 32 weeks. INO became a legend. “Satisfaction” has been frequently played on BBC radio in UK. it received rave reviews by critics in Europe. He collaborated with French designer Jean Touitou of A.P.C. to create the CD “Three Easy Pieces” . Also, his music was featured in UNIQLO’ s special compilation album commemorating it’ s first NYC store.
In 2007, his first concert tour the “Satisfaction” tour launched. 6 shows including Tokyo and London were sold out. Again critics gave outstanding reviews for hiseclectic and feisty sound production featuring the trio (keyboard, drums and bass) and a minimal stage set.
Besides appearances to large scale music festivals, INO headlined Giles Peterson’ s Japan tour.
“The Force of Exotic” was released in collaboration with Tower Records Japan. IDF, a collaborative unit with Hiroshi Fujiwara formed.
In 2008, INO hidefumi LIVE SET DVD came out followed by his 2nd. album“Living Message” . As elegant and feisty as the 1st. album was, added was the essence of modern classical sound.
His eclectic style even expanded its boundaries.
His album artworks, also done by INO himself, have attracted his listeners.
From composing and performing to programming and mixdown, his music is all hand crafted and true to his heart.
A music-maker of rectitude with refined craftsmanship and an inspirational tone, INO’ s music grabs his listener’ s hearts.
Listen our interview with Hedefumi INO and his music!
Here is Part 1 of 4 series.
play it now!
Part 2 is coming soon…