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A unique fusion of classic opera mixed with contemporary dub set in a progressive, futuristic, rhythmic environment.
Masahiro Shimba is a leading Japanese tenor opera singer, based in Milano and Tokyo. He is the first Japanese artist to receive the “Maria Callas Award” from the International Maria Callas Foundation. he is highly evaluated by the Italian classical/opera world, has performed as a solo singer at the Royal Opera Canada, Teramo City Theater, Lincoln Center (NY), Dal Verme theater (Milano), Verdi Conservatory Puccini Hall (Milano), St. Paul's Outside the Walls (Vatican City/Rome) with Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini conducted by Daniele Agiman and more.
Pre-cursor to the planned full-length on ESP Disk, featuring alternate mixes.
released October 13, 2015
Masahiro Shimba: vocal
Produced & Arranged by Bill Laswell
Material Strings arranged & conducted by Karl Berger
Karl Berger: electronic keyboard
Rob Burger: electric piano, organ
Yukari Fujita: piano
Peter Apfelbaum: tenor saxophone
Graham Haynes: cornet
Bill Laswell: bass
Adam Rudolph: percussion
Guy Licata: drums
Hideo Yamaki: drums
Sly Dunbar: drums
voice trainer: Diego D'Auria
Recorded & mixed at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Engineering: Robert Musso & James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studio, NYC
Artwork by Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign
Concept & production coordination: Yoko Yamabe
M.O.D. Support: Dave Brunelle