It is not easy to label mr Shimizu’s music. I’ve mostly seen it been called “jazz fusion” but that doesn’t really do it justice.
His music includes a lot of classical music elements, usually accompanied by ambient sounds and a great variety of riffs.
The official Roskilde Festival website describes him as an underground sensation in Japan and a unique composer who is finally within reach for a new audience. It’s time to get weird. It’s time to get emotional. It’s time to get acquainted with Yasuaki Shimizu.
Other descriptions I’ve come across:
- Soothingly hypnotic and compositionally complex (Pop matters)
- Shimizu is an experimental, versatile and prolific collaborator, having worked with an eye-watering range of people over the course of his career (the Vinyl factory)
- Repetitive and hypnotizing, punctuated by exclamation marks on most first mesures, the muted triangle percussion hits me straight in the heart. About 90 seconds into the song, the saxophone makes its appearance and the song goes from “this is cute” to “oh, this is some serious shit!”. (Light in the Attic)
If Alice were Japanese, Yasuaki Shimizu would have provided the soundtrack of her voyage down the rabbit hole.
Close your eyes and give it a listen:
I’m very curious to see how his music works out in a festival setting!