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Kenta SHIMAKAWA is a guitarist / composer / engineer based in New York City. Since age 15, he's been chasing the exhilarating potential of improvised jazz.

In 2014, Kenta moved to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music. In addition to studying the sounds of M-Base and 20th century / chromatic harmony, he encountered a whole world of talented and upcoming guitarists. Inspired and determined to develop his own sound, Kenta sought the mentorship of accomplished visionaries such as Andy Milne, Kirk Nurock, and Nir Felder. Under their guidance, Kenta honed his skills as a bandleader, composer, and performer.

In late 2016 he established the group TinderGodz, a collective of New School colleagues. TinderGodz gave Kenta the opportunity to apply the lessons he had absorbed, culminating in the release of an ep titled "The Emergence" in January 2017. This ep credits Kenta not merely as a performer, but also as a recording and mixing engineer. Continuing to cut his teeth as a composer, in 2018 Kenta won Best Original Large Ensemble Composition in the Downbeat student music awards.

Kenta's created, recorded, produced material for his debut opus from July 2017 until January 2019, in collaboration with up and coming international musicians including Baptiste HORCHOLLE (saxphones), Kana MIYAMOTO (flute), Sandy WINARTA (drums), or Arta JEKABSONE (voices), and finally his full-length first album titled "Glimpse" has been released in June 2019.

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Kenta Shimakawa Zeuhl

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Another Zeuhlish soundgarden tinged with metallic guitar explosion. "Glimpse" veiled in grand sleeve with a delightful pic was released in 2019 as the debut full-length creation by a New York-based guitarist / composer Kenta SHIMAKAWA, who has been inspired by heavy, metal, jazz, or avantgarde, according to his words. Such a promising creation has been recorded in collaboration with lots of his artist mates from July 2017 until January 2019. Glad to know this album has got much appreciated upon many rock magazine, media, or so ... not only because he's a Japanese like me but also he has diversity for various music genres and visions, for his 'debut' stuff.

Firstly you should listen to the titled track and one of his masterpieces "Oiceau", both of which have his kaleidoscopic essence. Smooth, delicate melodic departure, sensitive, crystallized sound collective like bubbles of champagne, desultory, complex but mystically acceptable rhythm baselines, will drive you into psychic magic world. Through the whole album, you can hear impression Magma meet Indukti or Alevas in his melodic / rhythmic atmosphere. A good example is "Dunuyeah Part 1 & 2" let me say. Based upon deep, heavy but sensitive, glassy guitar guidelines, a bit quirky but solemn, comfortable female voices should ring your bell obviously. Flexible, phantasmagoric saxophone sounds are pretty enthusiastic, and in the latter part of "Part 2" Kenta's magnificent explosive guitar plays fascinate you eventually. The last infernal brilliance is 'Ambivalence", just as the title says. Saxophone grandeur cannot be beaten by distorted voices with hardcore basis. Above mentioned, his melody lines and rhythmic movements are quite complicated indeed, but there are plenty of gentle moments of texture with melodic nature here and there, as you know.

In conclusion, incredible impressive Fantasia can be heard via this 'debut' creation. Looking forward to his future access for progressive rock scene. Dreamy.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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