Returning to the Main Stage on Sakura Sunday in 2017 is the ever classy, J-MUSIC Ensemble! Coming out from New York City, this jazz-style instrumental group focuses on rearranging popular Japanese music both from contemporary artists and songs heard in many of your favorite anime openings and credits.
This JPOP-meets-Jazz band proves to be great formula as the 8-piece group is constantly growing in popularity, having already performed at Sakura Sunday twice as well as appearing on live television. This original idea generated from the mind of Grammy-nominated Patrick Bartley and was developed during his time at Manhattan School of Music. Continuing it’s strive to spread the joy of Japanese music to those who may not be exposed to it, J-MUSIC Ensemble successfully draws in their audiences with their distinct jazz flare and crowd interaction to share with them their passion for this music.
The J-MUSIC Ensemble frequently features some of the most talented and already accomplished young musicians from around the world, including Daryl Johns, Max Calkin, Leo P (from Too Many Zooz), and many others. All the music featured by the band is transcribed and arranged by our very own band members, and given a flavor that is unmistakably original. With the help of highly talented composers/arrangers such as Kyle Athayde and Khrystopher Williams, the J-MUSIC library has been able to expand to contain over 100 transcriptions, arrangements, and lead sheets of various Japanese artists, composers, anime, and video game songs.