Born January 7, 1958, Jun Miyake was discovered by jazz trumpet player Terumasa Hino. He started his career as a jazz musician after graduation from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. As an artist, he cast light on the blind spots of the times and in addition to his chiselled performance stood out as a composer. He has been commissioned on numerous occasions to compose and produce music for TV commercial, film, animation, documentary and contemporary dance. Some of his more than 2500 productions for TV advertising won prizes at events like the Cannes International Advertising Festival and the London Effects & Animation Festival, to name just a few. He has been acclaimed worldwide for his characteristically hybrid sound and was invited to contribute to the productions of Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, Philippe Decoufle, Oliver Stone, Jean Paul Goude, Katsuhiro Otomo and many more. Throughout his genre-straddling career, he has collaborated with musicians like Hal Willner, Arto Lindsay, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Arthur H. and Vinicius Cantuaria, amongst others.
He moved his base to Paris in autumn, 2005. His work is highly creative and carries subtle energy. He won the distinction of Best Album of the Year 2008 in French and German music magazines and the Grand Prix of the German Record Critics Award 2008 for his latest album “Stolen from Strangers”. He was also selected “Man of 2009” by the great and internationally established French department store Galeries Lafayette.
Albums represented by Métisse Music:
The Miraculous Mandarin
Stolen From Strangers
Stolen From Strangers
Label: Yellow Bird
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: October 25, 2008
This man is afraid of nothing! Avantgarde, jazz, gregorian chant, trip hop, chanson, tango, pop hit, an Arab, Indien, Latin American and Asian musical vocabulary. Jun Miyake mixes all of this so tastefully that it is overwhelming. Executed by tuba, cello, oud, mandolin, a Bulgarian choir and a multitude of electronic and acoustic percussion from which Miyake extracts the most curious of sounds, there is only one conclusion to come to : for whoever likes the melting of contrasts, who likes Tom Waits, David Sylvian or Chet Baker, should absolutely listen to “Stolen from Strangers”. Only for those who like musical drawers, there is a need for caution: be careful, this recording endangers your musical perception of the world.