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by Kaori Nishijima

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This song was composed by Ryo Fukuda, bassist, composer, and an old friend of mine based on Tokyo Japan.
A couple of years ago he brought this song to our private session. Since then I’ve been playing it in my concert sometimes.
The music sheet simply indicates melody and chord name and there is a short section for ad-lib. It’s common approach in jazz music, there are a lot of room for playing in my way. So this version might different from composer’s original image. But I think this is the song which never lose the essence no matter how arranged.
The title; 夢うつつ may be translated as daydream in English or rêveries in French, it’s difficult to find out more suitable title, I suppose.

According to Ryo, this song was not ‘composed’ but ‘came down’ to him.
I believe, it’s half modesty of him, and half true.
The reason I believe is that it also happens to me when I compose, when I play, even though not quite often. That’s the time I feel myself an agent or connector between music and us. That's precious moment and I wish I always being there someday.


released July 11, 2020
released July 11, 2020
Composed by Ryo Fukuda
Played by Kaori Nishijima

Released from Niteco Studio & Music Arts
Recorded at 100BAN HALL Kobe Japan, February 27, 2020
Recorded by Akihiko Goto
Piano Tuning by Yuko Suzuki

Drawing by Laetitia Benat
Designed by Kaori Nishijima

special thanks to Ryo Fukuda, WILDPITCH,


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Kaori Nishijima Kobe, Japan

Pianist/Composer Kaori Nishijima has been based in Western Japan, since her first album was released in 1998.

She performs and collaborates not only with various musicians but with dancers, painters, ceramic artists, and others.

photo by Laetitia Benat
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