BOOM BOOM SATELLITES, ZAZEN BOYS, AND ECHOSTREAM TO PERFORM AT FAR EAST TO EAST SHOWCASE AT NYAF
Bands Join Puffy AmiYumi For Concert In NYC’s Irving Plaza
Norwalk, CT, August X, 2010: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) todayannounced bands Boom Boom Satellites, Zazen Boys, and Echostream willcome together with previously-announced musical guest Puffy AmiYumi for aconcert at the Far East To East Showcase (FETES) on Sunday, October 10,2010. FETES is produced by Superglorious, a live event production firmresponsible for orchestrating events with a very eclectic and excitingmix of artists. The New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, andJapanese pop culture convention, will take place October 8-10, 2010 atthe Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. It is created by andco-located with the New York Comic Con. Boom Boom Satellites, ZazenBoys, Echostream, and Puffy AmiYumi will all appearing at NYAF forspeaking sessions and autograph signings prior to their show. NYAF hasadditionally announced seiyuu and singer Minori Chihara and Japaneserock band VAMPS will also appear as guests, and comics legends Stan Lee,John Romita, Sr., and John Romita, Jr. will headline the New York ComicCon.
Presented in Irving Plaza (East 15th Street, New York, NY) for thefirst time, FETES is proud to take place in this historic venue, andwill be presenting a roster of performers fully befitting the concerthall.
“FETES 2010 is a one-night-only, once-in-a-lifetime lineup,” FETESManager Hayden Brereton said. “With FETES going into its third year,we’re pulling out all the stops to produce an event that offers a verydiverse selection of top artists. Fans of pop, electronic, rock,alternative or just great live music will fall in love with the Far Eastto East Showcase this year!”
“Created as a night of music that brings together musical artistsfrom both America and Japan, focusing on the borderlessness of song, andcreating an evening appealing to anime fans, audiophiles, and casualNew Yorkers interested in something new, FETES has been a uniqueattraction at the New York Anime Festival since 2008,” NYAF and NYCCShow Manager Lance Fensterman said. “And we could not be more humbledand thrilled looking out at the artists who’ll be taking the stage thisyear!”
Boom Boom Satellites, Zazen Boys, Echostream, and Puffy AmiYmi willall be appearing at the New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Conthroughout the weekend for panel discussions and autograph signingsbefore taking the stage on Sunday night at Irving Plaza. Tickets toFETES are $22 in advance and are separate from NYAF and NYCC admission.FETES tickets can be purchased now at www.superglorious.com orwww.livenation.com.
Tickets for NYAF or NYCC may be purchased at www.nyanimefestival.comor www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the shows, as well asnews about the Reed Pop Culture Group, which also organizes Star Wars Celebration, is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.
ABOUT BOOM BOOM SATELLITES:
Electronic/Rock unit Boom Boom Satellites — bassist/programmerMasayuki Nakano and guitarist/vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima — first brokein Europe in 1997. Absorbing both electronic and rock elements, theycreated a completely new and unknown sound, which not only establishedthem as an exciting new band, but also boosted their profile as one ofthe most distinguished music producers in Japan. Their first single, 4 AMoment of Silence, was released in Europe in 1997 and triggered ravereviews from such definitive European music magazines as Melody Maker,who compared their debut impact to those of the Chemical Brothers’ andProdigy’s. In 1998 the band embarked on a 3 month US tour with Moby, andshortly after they began receiving — and still keep receiving —requests for remix work from various artists such as Garbage, Josh Wink,and many more, which proved that their sound could be acclaimed andaccepted internationally. When Oliver Stone and Luc Besson chose aband’s track to use in the film Yamakashi, it reinforced interest intheir music from industries out side of the music business. In 2004 theband continued their film work by producing the soundtrack album to theanimated film Appleseed. Boom Boom Satellites contributed four newsongs, including the movie’s main theme, Dive For You, to thesoundtrack, which also included music from Paul Oakenfold, BasementJaxx, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2007, their 6th album EXPOSED wasreleased. Japanese lead track Easy Action was featured in 3D live actionanime film, Vexille (directed by Fumihiko Sori), and was included inthe soundtrack which also features Asian Dub Foundation, Underworld, andThe Prodigy. EXPOSED was produced in an attempt to find the answer forthe band to the long-standing question from the industry that tends toappreciate genre specific music, namely, Rock vs. Dance. In this albumthey have reached an answer — Rock AND Dance, both can exist at the sametime and same place. Hence the new follow-up greatest hits album, OVERAND OVER. Coming in September 14, 2010 from SonyMusic IndependentNetwork, this album is thoroughly re-mastered and re-mixed by themembers themselves, and allows the listeners to appreciate it as acompletely new album rather as a simple compilation of pre-existingtracks.
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ABOUT ZAZEN BOYS:
Zazen Boys are Mukai Shutoku / Vocal,Guitar.Synth , Matsusita Atsushi / Drums , Yoshida Ichiro / Bass , Yoshikane Sou / Guitar
Zazen Boys were formed in 2003 by Mukai Shutoku,former leader ofJapanese rock band Number Girl. In a word, Zazen Boys aspire to be `LedZeppelin in kimono`. Their eclectic style is complex but raw, rangingfrom funk in irregular time, to Captain Beefheart combined with Minyo(traditional Japanese folk songs),to angular guitar-driven punk-ballads.Mukai`s lyrics are in Japanese, and the unique worldview that theyexpress are based around two key concepts:`shogyou-mujo` and`seiteki-shodo`, meaning roughly `the transience of this world`and`sexual impulse`. To date, Zazen Boys have released 4 albums and 2singles, all through their own label Matsuri Studio. Their latest album`Zazen Boys 4` was produced by Dave Fridmann (49th Grammy Winner forBest Recording Engineer),It opens with `Asobi`, a dark and broodingnumber performed entirely on drum machine and synthesizer, reminiscentof early deep house, and then on to `Honnoji`, a raging 16beat-psyche-funk rock tune, and so on. Zazen Boys` awesome live showsreach almost 100 per year, and their music continues to stir hearts allover Japan and beyond. (www.mukaishutoku.com)
Echostream’s music draws the audience into a singular world, wherehaunting melodies swirl over grooving beats and unique instrumentation.Drawing on classical sensibility, the music includes techniques andarrangements normally only found in stuffy concerts populated bygrey-haired old ladies. Here, those same instruments are let loose likebeasts released to roam the wilds in search of adventures. Pianos,French Horns, Mandolins, Theremins, and of course the standard rock fare— drums, bass, guitars — abound, blending and accentuating one anotherto create a sound that is just as at home in a movie, on TV, or in agame, as it is on a festival stage. Echostream is not a new band,although you may only now be discovering them. Over a history of fiveyears, two self-released albums, multiple licenses for TV andcompilations both domestic and abroad, and many large-venueperformances, the band has honed its sound and skills to an exceptionallevel. (www.myspace.com/echostream)
ABOUT PUFFY AMIYUMI:
Puffy AmiYumi, composed of singers Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, debuted in 1996 with the million selling single Asia No Junshin.Since then, their music has made them household names in Japan,leading to numerous hit songs, commercial appearances, and even theirown television show. In 2000, Puffy AmiYumi began releasing albums andtouring in the US. In 2004, Cartoon Network created an originalcartoon, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, which became one of the mostwatched cartoons in the world — havin g been broadcast in 110 differentcountries. In 2006, Puffy AmiYumi were appointed the GoodwillAmbassadors of the Visit Japan Campaign for the US. In 2009,Puffy AmiYumi performed in Europe for the first time in front of 5,000+people in Paris’s Japan Expo. In the same year, they sang the theme songto the Naruto film Naruto Shippuden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire. Their latest album, Bring it!, includes All Because Of You and I Don’t Wanna written by Avril Lavigne and her producer Butch Walker, Hiyori Hime written by the Japanese female rock icon Sheena Ringo, the theme song to the new Genjianime series, and other songs written by numerous stellar song writers.In September 2010, PuffyAmi Yumi will perform in Hong Kong and Taiwan.In the following month, they’ll be coming to NYC.(www.puffyamiyumi.com )
Superglorious is a music event production company that specializes increating unique live music presentations. With a special emphasis ondistinctive sounds, engaging performance, and high production values,Superglorious unifies a diverse collective of artists to createsoundscapes that are meant to entertain and inspire. The firm’s strongunderstanding of the local music industry and global approach to art hasallowed artists from across America, the Far East, and Europe to boostand extend their connections to audiences across New York City.Utilizing a holistic approach to its projects, Superglorious offers awide range of expertise that includes artist and equipment coordination,online and street marketing, print design and artist booking. Itsconstant pursuit of excellence offers challenging and excitingopportunities for both artists and music lovers. (www.superglorious.com )
ABOUT THE NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL:
The New York Anime Festival takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Centerin Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creatorsof New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival showcases the bestof anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanesecinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, andfilms from around the world. The festival features exclusive andextensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the someof the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, andexplores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of bothtraditional and cutting-edge Japaneselife. (www.newyorkanimefestival.com)
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most excitingpopular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest andgreatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys,movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans achance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening roomsfeature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hiteither big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours,New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the majorplayers in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the secondlargest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takesplace in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of theworld — Gotham City. (www.newyorkcomiccon.com)
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:
The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the NewYork Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2),and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launchedin 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture worldof public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a totalof 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked byCrain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick PlaceConvention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans theopportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, andartists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatestin comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, andtelevision. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launchedUFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leadingprofessional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategicpartnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closelywith PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.