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Logo of 120th Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations120th Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations
50th Anniversary of the Malaysia-Japan Political Relations

The pianist and keyboard artist Satoru Shionoya and his young fusion players of SATORU SHIONOYA GROUP will tour Southeast Asia performing jazz and fusion music. The performances will be part of the programs celebrating the “120th Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations”, “H.M. the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th December 2007” and the “50th Anniversary of the Malaysia-Japan Political Relations”.


Satoru Shionoya (Piano), Yoshito Tanaka (Guitar), Katsumi Hiraishi (Bass), Eiji Tanaka (Drums), Masatoshi Kainuma (Percussion)

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 19:30
Thammasat University Main Auditorium, Tha Phra Chan
Ticket price:
500, 800, 1,000, 1,200 and 1,500 available from Oct. 10 at ThaiTicketMajor 11 outlets, MAJORCINEPLEX & EGV Outlets Bangkok & Suburb Provinces, TTM counters at the Thailand Post, Call Center 0-2262-3456 or 1490 call ThaiTicketMajor,

Organizer: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
For more information please contact the Japan Foundation,
Bangkok at Tel. 0-2260-8560~4Link

Date and Time:
Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 20:30
Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 15:00
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KL PAC Theatre)
Organizer: The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur


Date and Time:
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Venue: Istora senayan
Organizer: The Japan Foundation, Jakarta

Musicians Profile

Satoru Shionoya(Pianist, Composer, Arranger)

Photo of Satoru Shionoya Satoru Shionoya was born in 1966. From 1986 through 1996, he performed in a world-wide Japanese salsa band named the "ORQUESTA DE LA LUZ?Eas pianist, they won the United Nations Peace Medal in 1993 and were nominated on the GRAMMY AWARDS in 1995. In 2002, he formed his own unit the "Satoru Shionoya Trio?E In 2003, they released their first album titled "Trio!?E toured in Japan and Europe, they won the highest praise. The second album titled "Wheelin?EAhead!?Ewas released in 2004. Since 2003, he has performed not only in Japan but has toured in abroad extensively as well. In 2003, toured Middle East and Europe. In 2006, Shionoya released his 9th original album titled "Hands of GUIDO?Eand he toured in Japan with his new group "Satoru Shionoya Group?E

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Yoshito Tanaka (Guitarist, Composer, Arranger)

Photo of Yoshito Tanaka Born in 1973. At the age of 10, Yoshito Tanaka awakened to music with "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. He started out on the guitar at the age of 15. At high school days, he performed in a hard-core band going side by side with the jazz band and it comes borderless activity concurrently in those days. In 2000, he participated in "Mondo Grosso" and co-produced its outstanding album titled "MG4" with Shinichi Osawa. Tania Maria, N’Dea Davenport who was a singer of the "Brand New Heavies", Amel Larrieux and other predominant musicians participated in this album was released in 25 countries in the world such as U.S.A. and Europe. He also formed the producing team "Sleepy Tonge" with Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso) and Ryota Nozaki (Jazztronix), they have produced Junichi Shiina, a brother of Ringo Shiina. He has been working with lots of artists such as bird, Mika Nakashima, Taro Hakase, SMAP, Ken Hirai and etc. as sound producer and player as well as has collaborated with Michael Brecker (sax) in the U.S.A. JAZZ TOUR for Ryoko Moriyama. As his own performance activity, with his band "Bossa Pianikita" consists of Pianica Maeda, Manabu Sakata (Polaris, etc.) and Makoto Miyata, and his solo project will be started shortly.

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Katsumi Hiraishi (Bassist)

Photo of Katsumi HiraishiBorn in 1968. Katsumi Hiraishi started out on the trumpet, bass and guitar at the age of 11 by self-learned. He launched his career as professional musician while in college concurrently he learned jazz theory and music composition under Koichi Osamu. Since then, alongside sound-producing for several artists and performing with his own group formed with Keiji Matsumoto and Manabu Sakata, he has performed with various artists such as Toshihiro Akamatsu, Chikuzen Sato, akiko, Hideki Togi and etc. in their recording sessions and live performances.

Eiji Tanaka (Drummer)

Photo of Eiji Tanaka Born in 1973. Eiji Tanaka started out on the drums at the age of 10. He began to play in a band at the age of 14 and won the distinguished results in various contests. At the age of 18, he launched his professional career. In 1994, he formed a band "TOO-HIGH" with Yoshito Tanaka and the others, drew attention at jazz scene in Sapporo. In 1997, he moved to Tokyo. Since then, he has participated in many live performances and recording sessions of various artists such as Hideki Togi, Hiromitsu Agatsuma, akiko and etc. as well as has performed extensively in several bands of versatile genre such as rock, progressive rock and jazz. He has many performances in overseas where in Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia as well. His keen skills for uniquely expressing it from jazz to hard rock regardless of the genre are the most prominent one among the young musicians.

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Masatoshi Kainuma (Percussion)

Photo of Masatoshi Kainuma Masatoshi Kainuma graduated from the Tokyo College of Music and learned percussions under Sadao Tsukada, Seimon Ariga and Mariko Okada. While in college, he launched performance activity and held many concerts with the percussion ensemble and the orchestra under his superintendence. Since then, he has been superintending various projects extensively from folk (ethnic) music to Western music such as duo with Shinichi Kinoshita (Tsugaru-shamisen) and Arabic music performance with Yuji Tsunemi (oud) as well as has performed with such diverse artists as Kazumi Watanabe (gt), Wu-Fang (guzheng), Antonio Alonso (flamenco dancer). He also has worked on many projects such as dance stage and theatrical music as music director and as composer/arranger for various artists. Besides, he has displayed his ability as leader of the "TUMBA CREOLE", a Caribbean group.

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