Miho Hasama & Danish Radio Big Band Japan tour will be held!

Miho Hasama & Danish Radio Big Band (DRBB)

Japan Tour 2022 will be held!

November 2022 Big tour around Tokyo, Fukuoka, Akita, Osaka Sakai, Fukui, Aichi Kariya, Aichi Okazaki!!

In the 1950s and 1960s, when racial discrimination was intense, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, was a city that was tolerant of different cultures. Many jazz musicians from the United States came to perform tours and settled there, making it one of the most important jazz bases in Europe. There are still streets commemorating jazz legends, such as Ben Webster Street and Thad Jones Street. In this performance in Japan, Miho Hasama and DRBB, who were appointed as DRBB's chief conductor in 2019 after a long absence, will come to Japan. From Miho Hazama and DRBB's new album "Imaginary Visions", you can enjoy Miho Hazama's original works, as well as "Juhachiban", which is called DRBB's golden archive!

●Message from Miho Hasama

For me, a tour of Japan with the Danish Radio Big Band has been a big goal since I became the chief conductor of this big band in 2019. This is because Japan is the place where this big band and I first met. The memory of our first performance together at Tokyo Jazz in 2017 was very vivid for all of us. I'm really excited to finally be able to do this tour. Strangely enough, this will be the world's first performance outside of Copenhagen with the latest album "Imaginary Visions" released last September! I would be happy if you could experience the historical and wonderful band sound that Thad Jones loved. Miho Hasama

●Tour schedule

[Tokyo/ Ikebukuro] November 13 (Sun) Tokyo Tatemono Brillia Hall (Toshima Ward Arts and Culture Theater)

[Fukuoka] November 14 (Mon) Acros Fukuoka Symphony Hall

[Akita] November 16 (Wednesday) Akita General Life Culture Center Atrion Music Hall

[Osaka/Sakai] November 17 (Thursday) Sakai Citizen's Arts and Culture Hall Fenice Sakai

[Fukui] November 18 (Friday) Fukui Prefectural Music Hall Harmony Hall Fukui

[Aichi/Okazaki] November 19th (Sat) Okazaki City Civic Center Concert Hall

[Aichi/Kariya] November 20 (Sun) Kariya City General Cultural Center Large Hall

*For more information, please check the museum website. In addition, the details of the performance may be currently being adjusted.


Miho Hazama (Chief Conductor)

Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music and Manhattan Conservatory of Music. So far, he has composed works for Yosuke Yamashita, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yamaha Symphonic Band, and the NHK drama “Lunch no Akko-chan”. In addition, he has arranged a wide range of works for Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Sagisu, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and TV Asahi's "Untitled Concert". Major debut as a jazz composer in 2012. So far, he has released three albums including "Dancer in Nowhere" with his own jazz chamber orchestra "m_unit". He has received high acclaim, such as being the only Asian to be selected as one of the magazine's "25 jazz artists who will lead the future", and being selected as one of the "100 Japanese Respected by the World" by Newsweek Japan in 2019. The third album "Dancer in Nowhere" was selected as one of the 2019 New York Times "Top Ten Jazz Albums" and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Large Jazz Ensemble. In September 2021, the album "Imaginary Visions" was released in collaboration with the Danish Radio Big Band, where he is the chief conductor. In 2011, he won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. In 2011, he was a trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs' overseas training program for emerging artists. In 2014, he won the 24th Idemitsu Music Award. In 2020, he won the Shinji Hattori Music Award Inspiring Coach. Since 2017, he has been the composer-in-residence of the Siena Wind Orchestra, the chief conductor of the Danish Radio Big Band since 2019, and the resident guest conductor of the prestigious Metropol Orchestra in the Netherlands in 2020.

Danish Radio Big Band/DR Big Band

The Danish Radio Big Band has been at the forefront of the Nordic jazz scene since 1964. When this big band was founded, Copenhagen was filled with legendary American jazz musicians. Led by such iconic bandleaders as Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely, DRBB has been described by former Count Basie saxophonist Ernie Wilkins as "the best big band in Europe". developed to the point of Today, DRBB still delivers the true American big band sound with a distinctive Nordic twist. Based in Copenhagen's DR Concert Hall, they introduce new musicians every season, engage in stimulating collaborations that transcend genres, and commission young composers to perform their works. With over 80 albums recorded with stars like Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Eliane Elias and John Henderson, DRBB proved to be a hugely successful big band with a focus on original creativity. ing. DRBB has won numerous prestigious music awards, including the Grammy Award, and continues to record big band music ranging from jazz standards to new works.

[CD information]

Danish radio big band chief conductor, Miho Hasama's latest work!

"Imaginary Visions" (Miho Hasama featuring Danish Radio Big Band)

This is the first work in three years since the Grammy-nominated "Dancer in Nowhere". UHQCD high-quality sound specification that beautifully captures the thick big band sound. All 7 songs are original works written for a big band for the first time!


Supported by: Embassy of Denmark

Miho Hazama photo: © Agnete Schlichtkrull

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