Tokyo Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter
2014 Debut Album What’s Keeping Me Going
Arthur Fowler found his groove as a teenaged Jimi Hendrix emulator on the East Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and matriculated to the blues jam scene in the early 1980s. He played original music with jazz diva Kelley Johnson, a fellow student at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and studied with virtuoso guitarist, innovator, and educator, Jack Grassel.
In college town cover bands and jazz jams, while studying literature and languages, Arthur collaborated with the likes of band leader Mark Schlaefer. He joined acclaimed vocalist Eva Denia’s first jazz ensemble as she was beginning her career in Valencia, Spain, and neighboring resort cities on the Mediterranean coast. In Valencia, Arthur also studied with one of Spain’s top jazz guitarists, Joan Soler.
Arthur is now playing jazz, blues, and pop in Tokyo (Shinjuku) in various settings including regularly with soulful vocalist Noriko Shigehara as the Shake It Hard Band. Arthur’s other Tokyo scene includes one of Tokyo’s foremost Irish fiddlers, multi-instrumentalist Jim Ediger, with bassist Alan Gleason in the acoustic folk and rock band AJA.
Arthur keeps mining his sound from his long time interests in Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, psychedelic icon Jerry Garcia, and Latino megastar Carlos Santana. His songwriting may evoke Neil Young, or James Taylor, but his vocal style also draws on classic sounds like Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday.
Arthur is available for bookings in the greater Tokyo area (and beyond) as a solo performer, session artist, or band member.
The Album: "What’s Keeping Me Going"
While the songs on this album are inspirations from Arthur Fowler’s passionate youth, they are also the fruit of his maturity as an artist and the powerful international collaboration of Japanese and U.S. musicians. Collaborators include world-renowned blues harpist Matthew Skoller on three tunes and D.C.-based hip-hop artist RiMaNi on backing vocals, along with various Tokyo-area studio musicians. Musical producer and recording engineer Seiki Kitano (Bang On Recordings) has provided his signature attention to detail and warm and natural recording style to make this debut an original album of singular quality.
With only two cover tunes, by Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix, the genre of this album is also original, though it is best described as Acoustic Rock in the tradition of Neil Young or even Cat Stevens.
The music has also been described as Acid Folk, with a lot of space for lyrical and moody improvisational guitar and dark moments of soul-wrenching self-expression. Jazz inflections and some hints of a New Age sensibility make the style of Arthur’s compositions hard to classify and worthy of repeated listenings.
東京在住米国人アーサー・ファウラー待望のソロアルバムついに完成。ニール・ ヤングとジミ・ヘンドリックスのカバー2曲を含む全11曲。60年代、70年 代のロックとジャズを融合させたAcid Folk。日本とアメリカでそれぞれ活躍す るミュージシャンとのパワフル・インターナショナル・コラボレーション。
マシュー・スコーラー from シカゴ (ハーモニカ) RiMaNi from ワシントンD.C. (コーラス) アラン・グリースンfrom 東京(ベース) ジム・エディガー from 東京 (フィドル、アコーディオン) 田原清則 from 東京 (ベース)
安井希久子 from 東京 (パーカッション) タカスギケイ from 東京 (ギター)