I chose to study jazz when, as a senior high student, I was amazed by it. I learned classical piano when I was very young. To be a musician has always been an option in my life, and I am happy I finally made it.
I also began to play saxophone in the wind ensemble in high school. I think saxophone and jazz are important to me since when I was young. That’s why I was chasing jazz from then, and finally I made it to attend the Berklee College of Music.
Actually, Simple Life is my second album. My first solo album is The Journey Of A Bird, but the production was not fully under my control.
However, Simple Life is my first solo album, where I was able to decide everything.
Memories Of T is an album played by the band “Twin City Quartet” and produced by Japanese drummer Takeshi Sakamoto and bassist Daiki Yasukagawa.
I would say the most different part are the mixing and mastering. Japanese mixing is just like their culture: colourful and bright. American mixing is just like American culture: simple and concrete. I think that’s the most interesting part to me.
We met through the Japanese drummer Takeshi Sakamoto who is located in Taipei now.
Memories Of T has eight songs. Each of us composed two songs for it.
I usually like to think about what kind of philosophy or emotion or story I want to talk about, and then I start to compose.
Of course, I also like to listen to other musicians’ ideas, and try to use any elements I like.
Yes, I am going to play on a tour in Europe in August 2017. The project is called “Simple Tour”.
I am going to play with the Swedish jazz group “Musicmusicmusic” in Sweden, and “Tuesday Microgroove” in Austria. I am looking forward to it!
I think my dream is to find out how far my music can go. I feel I want to do a lot of things and dig more into myself. Playing with different musicians from different countries and cultures and ages brings a lot of inspiration to me. I enjoy it, and I hope I can always do more of it.