In summer 2015, young musicians from Japan and Southeast Asia will UNITE! A new JAZZ orchestra performances — shining with brilliant energy!
Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra 2015-2016 has finished the Final Concert!!
On 31 January, 2016, Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra has successfully completed the final concert!!!
In order to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the people who has engaged in and supported this two-year project, let us share some memories of AYJO! Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra 2015-2016 Photo Page
The Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO) is a multinational jazz orchestra that comprises 28 motivated young musicians from Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia through auditions held in Japan and the respective Southeast Asian countries. The Music Directors for AYJO are Osamu Matsumoto, a trombone player and jazz lecturer at a college of music who has composed and arranged numerous works for big bands and wind orchestras including the Yosuke Yamashita Special Big Band, and Mayuko Katakura, a female pianist who has come under the spotlight since graduating from Berklee College of Music and the Julliard School. Starting from mid-August for about 10 days, AYJO will undergo intensive rehearsals, and starting from mid-September commence a performance tour in Southeast Asia lasting for about a month, bringing with them a wide variety of music including JAZZ pieces created during the rehearsals, original pieces that harness the youthful sensitivities of the participating musicians, and new pieces provided by outstanding musicians. At the end of January 2016, the impressive results of their hard work will be presented in a concert in Japan. The valuable experiences that the participants gain through their AYJO activities will help them grow by leaps and bounds, and provide an excellent opportunity for developing the potential of those who will lead the next generation of musicians. The 28 young musicians will also deepen their bonds of friendship with one another through the rehearsals and concerts, and put their collective effort into creating music that resounds with a brilliant energy across Southeast Asia and Japan.
AYJO is a multinational jazz orchestra that comprises 28 motivated young musicians from Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia through auditions held in Japan and the respective Southeast Asian countries. For more information please see below. Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra