At the heart of Tokyo resonates a new sound in lounge music. Combining the old-fashioned longing for human performance and a modern penchant for electronic sound, Echolocation puts the live back in lounge with their debut as an ambient jazz duo. After laying out the tracks digitally, bassist Massa Takemoto joins up with trumpet player Tetsuroh Konishi to overlay the human component of this modern mix. The end result is a sound that reflects the metropolitain existence where people and the modern environment blend into a single, mutual existence.
Tetsuroh Konishi :
Influenced by his father, Tetsuroh began listening to jazz during elementary school, where he first took up the trumpet. Eventually he came to be extensively involved with a number of musical projects both in and outside of Japan. In 2006, he ventured on a solo tour in Frankfurt, Germany, and in the following year he musically contributed to a Spanish national television broadcast on Japanese culture. In January of 2010 he performed for the “No Man’s Land” event at the French Embassy in Tokyo as a member of Karesansui Surrounding. In 2012, he performed at the Fukushima Biennale art exhibition, which, in memory of the 2011 nuclear disaster, featured around 80 international musicians artists, including Yoko Ono.
Catherine Fleming :
With more than 15 years experience as a vocalist in jazz combos and big bands, Catherine has participated in many notable collaborations, including recording in her home country of Australia a CD of original songs co-written with Chris Alexander. She has also worked with Japanese trombonist Mukai Shigeharu, and has performed at Blue Note Nagoya.