Shu Odamura "Cloud Illusions" CD Release

Shu Odamura

Shu Odamura is a guitarist, composer, and arranger from Kyoto, Japan. He started taking guitar lessons at the age of 12. In 2003, he entered the Gibson Jazz Guitar Contest in Tokyo and was the youngest participant to win the ”Jury’s Special prize.” In 2006, Shu moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music where he was the recipient of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Award, and where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Jazz Composition. During his time at Berklee, he developed his interest in contemporary jazz big band and brazilian music which led him to play fingerpicking style on nylon string guitar. In 2010, he played on Mina Cho’s album “Originality,” which led him to be honored by “The 32nd Jazz Station Poll” as Top 3rd Acoustic Guitarist. This poll is conducted by renowned jazz journalist Arnaldo DeSouteiro. At this time, he began his work as a studio guitarist and producer/arranger for singer song writers and many projects.

Shu has also continued to actively collaborate with other artists in field of theatre and film. Soon after moving to New York in 2011, he became a member of Watoku Ueno's shadow puppet theatre group. With this group, he has performed at Ukrainian Institute of America and Resobox Art Gallery. In the same year, he composed the music for feature length independent movie "The Wishmakers" and started his currier as a film composer. Also, his minimal-music piece "Kitchen Talk" that was selected to air on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s radio program in Japan. In 2014, he performed in the Off-Off Broadway show, "Infinite While It Last" by Group. BR which is the only Brazilian Theatre company in NYC. He started exploring his roots by working with traditional japanese musicians and co-leading Japanese traditional/jazz fusion duet "KAI" with Zac Zinger.

Currently, Shu has regularly performed at various jazz venues in New York with his jazz trio, bassist Yoshiki Yamada and drummer Yutaka Uchida. In February of 2016, Shu released his debut album, "Cloud Illusions" (What's New Records.) The album is reviewed in All About Jazz, Jazz Life Magazine and Jazz Japan Magazine.



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