Jun Miyake

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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
Ludic
Stolen From Strangers
Entropathy


Albums

Lost Memory Theatre - act-3

Label: enja yellowbird
Distribution in France: L'Autre Distribution
Release date: April 06, 2018

Jun Miyake’s music comes light-footed as the bossa nova, accessible as sophisticated pop and refined and versatile as lively jazz. Lost Memory Theatre is an ever-changing constellation of sound images and scenes, bossa nova and reggae, Kurt Weill and Nino Rota, chanson and symphony, jazz and improvisation, rock and folk: the album is a must-hear from start to finish, mixing all styles and genres to create a hybrid of musical genius.
Featuring Lisa Papineau, Vincent Segal, Dhafer Youssef, Arto Lindsay, Cosmic Voices, Vinicius Cantuaria, Bruno Capinan, Melvin Gibbs…

Jun’s “Lost Memory Theatre” is truly unique: it constantly produces that “Third Thing” between music and imagery. You enter this space for the first time and you’re already addicted to it…” Wim Wenders

Jun Miyake - Lost Memory Theatre - act-3

Lost Memory Theatre - act-2

Label: yellowbird/enja music
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: October 07, 2014

As his label tells us: with his ability to blend the most seemingly disparate elements of music with subtlety and elegance, Jun Miyake has achieved much respect throughout the world – as much with music professionals as with artists like Pina Bausch, Wim Wenders, Robert Wilson, Jean-Paul Goude, Philippe Decoufle appreciating and using his musical ingenuity, as through collaborations with artists such as Hal Willner, Arto Lindsay, Peter Scherer, Arthur H, Vinicius Cantuaria, the Bulgarian Voices, David Byrne, and many more. Miyake’s album “Stolen from strangers” was nominated “best album of the year” in numerous European music magazines. Of this second part of the Lost Memory Theatre project, that has also become a theatre play in Tokyo, Miyake says:” Lost Memory Theatre has now become my lifework”. It is, again, an ever-changing but completely cohesive constellation of sound images and music.

Jun Miyake - Lost Memory Theatre - act-2

Lost Memory Theatre - act-1

Label: yellowbird/enja music
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: October 22, 2013

June Miyake’s music comes light-footed as the bossa nova, accessible as sophisticated pop and refined and versatile as lively jazz. Lost Memory Theatre is an ever-changing constellation of sound images and scenes, bossa nova and reggae, Kurt Weill and Nino Rota, chanson and symphony, jazz and improvisation, rock and folk: the album is a must-hear from start to finish, mixing all styles and genres to create a hybrid of musical genius.This album features Arto Lindsay,David Byrne, Nina Hagen,Lisa Papineau,Vinicius Cantuaria, The Cosmic Voices of Bulgaria, Vincent Segal and many others…

Jun Miyake - Lost Memory Theatre - act-1

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.

Jun Miyake - Stolen From Strangers