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Anniversary

by Emi Makabe

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1.
Treeing 03:21 video
2.
Joy 07:23
部屋の壁を青く変えた午後 でもね 髪の色を変えてみた朝のよう あなたになれたらいいな 叶うよう 絵を描いたの 変わることで求めていた あの娘はまだみてるの 誰になろうと思った? この手に 世界を見たい 叶うこと呼び起こして 溺れるまで 何も来ないよう なんにでもなれると思うわ 叶うよう 絵を返すよ 変わるものが見えてきた ここへは 誰も来ないよ (English translation) It was the afternoon the wall was painted blue, and yet Like the morning after I had dyed my hair a new color Wishing I could be you I drew a picture to make it so The girl who sought her desire by changing surfaces I still see her “Who do you want to be?” I want to see the world in the palm of my hand “Rouse your will. Nothing will come Until you’re immersed” I think I can be however I like So I’ll give back the picture Now I see what is to be changed Out of anyone’s reach “The night you changed your name, who did you see?”
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A little black thing among the snow: Crying weep, weep, in notes of woe! "Where are thy father & mother? say?" "They are both gone up to the church to pray. “Because I was happy upon the heath, And smil'd among the winter's snow: They clothed me in the clothes of death, And taught me to sing the notes of woe. “And because I am happy, & dance and sing, They think they have done me no injury: And are gone to praise God & his Priest & King Who make up a heaven of our misery."
4.
Moon & I 04:52
It’s hard to see It’s hard to say with words It’s hard to believe It’s hard to take you in We were loving, feeling, sometimes Lying, cheating, crying and laughing But it’s hard to see who you are I am hurt by you And hurt you too without words That means we both felt pain We were loving, feeling, sometimes Lying, cheating, crying and laughing But it’s hard to see who you are We’re both hurt sometimes Lying, losing and forgiving It is hard to see who you are
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6.
Flash 03:12 video
7.
I saw the light that brings me to you Look your light is here, don’t lose it on your way
8.
Mielcke 02:53
赤に染まった 寝顔  鐘の音は まだ聞けど 子を宿した 海 抱えよう 眼が覚めても (English translation) A sleeping face tinted by the setting sun The chimes not yet heard The ocean with child Embrace it, even after waking
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O Street 03:37
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Rino 04:50
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There are many thoughts of you in my mind Just thinking of you and my heart is glad Wanna dream of you in a place Where I feel your heartbeat That is my hope But you have to leave too soon, it’s your job It is our fate being apart So I always go to the place for you in my heart It’s so easy to make up your song It’s enough to call out your name I am dreaming of you I am with you beyond the space and time That is my wish But you have to leave too soon, it’s your job It is our fate being apart So I always go to the place for you in my heart

about

The intimate, alluring art of singer-composer and instrumentalist Emi Makabe is utterly individual, even as it resonates with inspirations ranging from Japanese folk music, jazz improvisation and beyond.

Born and raised in Japan but a decade-plus resident of New York, Makabe releases her debut album Anniversary, featuring her original songs – sung in English, Japanese and wordless vocalese – in airy, artful arrangements, with improvisation naturally part of the mix. The record features Emi on vocals and shamisen (a traditional Japanese string instrument) alongside a trio of New York jazz virtuosos: Vitor Gonçalves on piano/accordion, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums/vibraphone.

Along with the shamisen-laced singles “Treeing” and “Flash,” highlights of Anniversary include the jazzy, melody-rich “O Street,” the otherworldly “Mielcke” and the romantic-minded title track. The album also features Emi’s apt setting of “Chimney Sweeper,” the sad-eyed poem by William Blake about a child abandoned.

credits

released October 30, 2020

Personnel:
Emi Makabe, voice/shamisen
Vitor Gonçalves, piano/accordion
Thomas Morgan, double bass
Kenny Wollesen, drums/vibraphone

Production credits:
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording, New York City on August 25, 2018
Recording Engineers Andy Taub, Nate Mendelsohn, Akihiro Nishimura
Mixed by Nathaniel Morgan at Buckminster Palace
Mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
Design: Megumi Fujimura
Photography: ZUZU, Antonio Porcar Cano, Cristina Zuppa, Dave Farkas, David Schwartz

Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Producer: Emi Makabe

All music and lyrics written by Emi Makabe (BMI) except “Chimney Sweeper,” music by Emi Makabe, lyrics by William Blake.

All lyrics are available at www.emimakabe.com

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Emi Makabe New York, New York

Emi Makabe is a Japanese composer, vocalist, shamisen player, and educator based in New York City. Her songs encompass jazz, pop, classical and improvised music, and also reflect her background in Japanese music. Her debut album, "Anniversary," will be released on October 30, 2020. ... more

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