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of local music scene
By Stephen Taylor
If I had to give a one-word description of this Japanese-born guitarist/artist,
I think I would choose the word, 'blender'.
Well, let's consider the functions of a blender. A blender mixes,
whips, agitates, shakes, tosses and stirs up its contents, which
is exactly what Hayashi achieves. A masterful guitarist who seems
almost bored with common time, often taking the music and the listener
to the boundaries of sanity. Playing with a rack of effect boxes,
Hayashi effortlessly loops tracks mid-song and plays over them,
creating a thunderous mountain of noise art.
Kiirchiro Hayashi started to play the piano at the age of four,
then switched to guitar at the age of 11. At college, Hayashi studied
classical Western and Asian music theory, going on to receive first
prize for guitar at the Tokushima Music Competition, where his unique
improvisations on Japanese melodies and musical themes startled
and amazed the crowd.
Since the ¡¥80's, Hayashi has recorded modern and free jazz
with his jazz trio and solo projects and played at music festivals
throughout East Asia and Europe. 'Hayashi has received much kudos
for his rare and peculiar blend of Japanese folk melodies and experimental
jazz with a sound that is soulful, ambient and complex,' writes
International Jazz Festival Magazine.
Hayashi first came to Taiwan back in '98, playing Spring Scream
Festival and touring the island. Returning every year for the festival,
he eventually fell in love with Taiwan and decided to make it his
home by moving here last April. He often plays around town at such
pubs as Napoli and Bhoom so, if you get the chance, don't miss him.
I'm sure you'll be blown away, surprised and amazed.
If any musician is interested, Hayashi is also looking for potential
band members interested in playing jazz and rock. Please phone him