JUTA TAKAHASHI was born in Miyagi, Japan in 1959, and then spent his childhood to teens in Aomori. At his teens, he was strongly influenced by so-called progressive rock and synthesizer music that had been assumed to be avant-garde at that time. He went to Tokyo for going on to school, and his career as a musician started afterward. Though he originally was a guitarist and played rock music like King Crimson's that valued improvisation, he gradually devoted himself to electronic music. He now resides in Sendai, Miyagi and is producing music by using synthesizers and computers as an independent musician. He received the major impact from electronic/ambient musicians, such as Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Vangelis and Pete Namlook, etc. Though his music is basically beautiful, calm, emotional and melodious, aggressive sounds that catch a glimpse of his original background also appear sometimes. Since he prefers analog instruments to digital ones, his works are characterized by the former. His music composition mainly consists of not programming but improvisation. The first commercial album was released in August, 2007, and ten albums have been released at present.
The fourth album of Juta Takahashi, entitled "Moonlit Flowers", has been released in August, 2008. The album contains following three ambient tunes.
(1) Sadder Shore (15’38”)
Ripples melancholily surge ashore at dusk.
(2) Moonlit Flowers (17’18”)
Moonlit flowers without name sway in breeze and sing in silence.
(3) Pagan Chant (19’58”)
You stray off a land of heresy and are captivated by the chant.
There are beautiful and impressive sounds by analog synthesizers as usual.
The album also features exotic flavors.
Review by Bert Strolenberg at Sonic Immersion (www.sonicimmersion.org):
Three long ambient tracks fill Juta(ro) Takahashi's fourth release "Moonlit Flowers".
"Sadder Shore" starts out with nice drifting analogue and soaring textures and a more pronounced synth lead, to which an accompanying choir soundscape shows up now and then.
This immersive, reflective space lasts over 15 minutes.
The 17-minute title track is next, a smooth and gently flowing soundscape tapestry with exotic flavours and occasional twinkling keys, creating an overall hypnotising atmosphere.
With "Pagan Chant", clocking at 20 minutes, the introspective music winds down in a beautiful way by means of a slow, extended soaring lead.
The latter strongly reminded me of those that Klaus Schulze used at the end of the '70's and begin of the '80's during his concerts.
Well done, Jutaro!
April 4, 2009
'Moonlit Flowers' keeps being broadcast by Drone Zone on SomaFM since September 28, 2008.
StillStream has started to broadcast 'Moonlit Flowers' and 'Pagan Chant' on November 19, 2008.
Full previews are available at the official website (www.jutatakahashi.com).
Current physical release is CD-R. Just a few left only in CD Baby warehouse.