Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Shu Odamura's "Cloud Illusions" comes out today; tomorrow, the guitarist performs in NY
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Shu Odamura is a New York-based guitarist & composer. He holds bachelor’s degree in jazz composition. He started taking guitar lessons at the age of 12. In 2003, Odamura competed in the Gibson Jazz Guitar Contest as a youngest and won the special prize. In 2006, He moved to Boston to study at Berklee where he was given the Toshiko Akiyoshi Award. His teachers include Jon Damian, John Wilkins, Diavid Gilmore (guitarist for Wayne Shorter), Greg Hopkins (arranger/trumpeter for Buddy Rich big band), Scott Free, and Ken Pullig.
As a guitarist, Shu has performed with various kinds of groups, such as jazz ensembles, pop/rock bands, church choirs, as well as his own jazz duo/trio. He has been credited on numerous recordings. In 2010, he played on Mina Cho’s album “Originality,” which led him to be selected in 3rd place in our 32nd Annual Jazz Station Poll on the "Acoustic Guitar" category. As a composer and arranger, he works for jazz orchestra, flute/saxophone ensemble, pop singers, and films. His minimal-music piece “Kitchen Talk” was selected to air on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s radio program in Japan. He recently composed music for a feature length movie entitled "The Wishmakers" which is available on DVD.
Tomorrow, February 25, he will be celebrating the CD release with a performance @ Tomi Jazz, located on 239 East 53rd Street, Lower Level (between 2nd-3rd Avenue) in New York, NY. Phone: 646-497-1254.