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Leisure Children

2018年、コペンハーゲンジャズフェスティバルのとある会場で開かれたパーティで4人が出会ったことがLeisure Children結成のきっかけとなった。

Albert & Yuta Internationl Projectの公演のためにコペンハーゲンを訪れていた小美濃と、ジャズフェスティバルを観に来ていた大森、そしてコペンハーゲンで活動していたAlbertとLoは、それぞれ別のユニットで活動を共にしていた。パーティでワインを飲み交わすうちに意気投合し、その年の秋に日本でLeisure Childrenとして演奏することを決める。

9月にLoとAlbertが来日し、初めて行われたリハーサルでは予想以上の音楽的な成果を得る。東京、長野でのツアーはいずれも成功に終わり、長野県小諸市ではミニアルバムをレコーディング。小諸でのコンサート来場者限定で12月にリリースすることとなった。

Leisure Childlenでは、主にLoのオリジナルソングを演奏する。英語だけでなく、スウェーデン語や日本語の曲を交え、また大森がピアノトリオのために作曲したものもレパートリーとして演奏される。そのサウンドは、ミニマルな楽曲とジャズのカラフルなハーモニーが交わって生まれたもので、バンジョーやメロディカといった楽器もサウンドの特徴に挙げられる。

Albert Karch – Drums / Percussion
Lo Ersare – Vocals / banjo
Yuta Omino 小美濃悠太 – Double Bass
Seiko Oomori 大森聖子 – Piano / Melodica 

Lo Ersare
(vocal, banjo)

Lo Ersare is a vocalist and composer from Umeå (Sweden), working within contemporary and improvised art forms. Educated in jazz and improvised music at Birka Folkhögskola, Skurups Folkhöskola and music performance at the Rythmic Music Conservatory.

Participated in exhibitions and festivals such as Momentum biennial of contemporary arts (Norway), M.A.D.E festival (Sweden), Umeå Jazz festival (Sweden), Copenhagen Jazzfestival (Denmark), Trondheim Jazz festival (Norway) as an improvising actor and musician. Leader/Co-leader/ Vocalist in Padded Paws, Battlecat, Björn & Lo, and LOVE.

Seiko Omori
(piano)

Seiko Omori is a Japanese multi-talented pianist, composer, arranger, creator and illustrator based in Tokyo. She was born on a beautiful island in Hiroshima, located in the middle of “Seto-Naikai”, the Seto Inland Sea. She grew in rich nature which cultivated her unique sensibility. 

Seiko released her first original mini-album titled “PRISM” from Kushi Rock label in November 2015. 

She also worked on activities as the leader of a chamber quartet band that plays Jazz, classical, traditional, tango and original music. She also plays with different kinds of performers such as magicians and theater actors. Her piano play is highly trusted by a variety of singers and instrumental musicians regardless of gender and age.

She is one of the Japanese pianists who are expected to play an active role all around the world.

Yuta Omino
(bass)

Omino started learning jazz at Chiba university and Hitotsubashi university.

While attending university, he was actively performing at many venues throughout Japan. Playing with many different styles of jazz established his well-rounded playing style. With his beautiful tone and lyricism, he is recognized as a highly in-demanded musician.

Omino has performed with many great musician, Iwao Furusawa, Hideki Togi, HiroshiMinami,among others. In 2012, he shared bandstand with Florin Niculescu, one of the best manouche violinist of our days. In 2016, he joined Lisa Ono “Dancing Bossa” Tour in China.

Also he have started polish-japanese musical project with Albert Karch, polishyoung-talented drummer, composer since 2017. They performed throughout Japan and Denmark, and released their 1st album “Hare”in 2018.

Albert Karch
(drums, percussion)

Albert Karch is a drummer and a composer, born in 1993. He recorded several critically acclaimed albums, written music for theatre and performed at many famous European stages, such as Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Tête-à-tête Opera Festival in London or Jazz Nad Odrą Festival in Wroclaw.

He was awarded Album of the Year 2014 for “Sundial” by trio Jachna/Tarwid/Karch, Debut of the Year and Musician of the Year 2016 for “Dark Matter” by Minim Experiment, all from the main polish jazz review website “polish.jazz”.

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