Returning to the Main Stage on Sakura Sunday in 2018 is the ever classy J-MUSIC Ensemble! Coming out of New York City, this jazz-style instrumental group focuses on rearranging popular Japanese music from contemporary artists and songs heard in many of your favorite anime openings and credits.
Originally imagined by Grammy-nominated Patrick Bartley during his time at Manhattan School of Music, this 8-piece JPOP-meets-jazz band is constantly growing in popularity, having already performed at Sakura Sunday three times as well as appearing on live television. By spreading the joy of Japanese music to those who may not be exposed to it very often, J-MUSIC Ensemble successfully draws in their audiences with their distinct jazz flare and interactions with the crowd.
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.
For the full schedule of events on Sakura Sunday, click here. For more information on J-Music Ensemble, click here.