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Become jazz on the spot and experience a casual session


Creative Music Tasting Party

I will explain about the creative music tasting party!


①Message from

Hirofumi Okamoto
Kyoto was the birthplace of Japanese folk, the birthplace of Japanese blues, and a thriving jazz city.

Kyoto was, in a sense, the epicenter of Japanese music.


With the development of the Internet, SNS, and Youtube, information has become homogenized, and I think that the status of information dissemination from Kyoto is no longer that different from other regional cities across the country.


I also feel that cultural polarization has begun nationwide.
  I think that the situation in which amateurs can disseminate information is moving toward a world where there is a tendency to evaluate the number of hits rather than the quality.

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While technological progress is progressing rapidly, there are many templates available, and I feel that proactiveness is now required to focus on dynamic musical creativity.

Also, in a world overloaded with information, where profits and losses are quantified,

I feel that it is becoming difficult to dream of living through art.

People today are busier than ever before.

Therefore, I have come to think that my job for society is to help people enjoy creating high-quality music in their daily lives.


Children use words skillfully and understand what adults say by the time they reach the age of one.

I have come to feel that humans are born with an instinct to sense changes in frequency and to attach high-level meaning to them.


I believe that music is the most important ability unique to humans to complement words and share emotions of joy, anger, sadness, and beauty that cannot be expressed in words, and that we should not ignore this. became.


That was the starting point for the "Tasting Party."

I hope you understand.


Hirofumi Okamoto


②Project title

"Ad-lib tasting meeting"
We used to call it the "Jazz Tasting Meeting," but we are now supporting the composition and improvisation of all kinds of music, not just jazz.
I think I'll call it an "improvisational tasting meeting" for a while.


Also, the jazz method was learned from Western classical music by our predecessors so that they could use it on the spot.
Therefore, I think that the content can be said to be classical music itself.
That's why I decided to add the subtitle "Tasting Party For Creative Music (Based On Jazz Theory)."

For me, I encountered music as something to appreciate, admired it, and thought it would be great if I could make music myself.
I think that was the starting point for me as a sender.

I soon became obsessed with composing, and the path from being a listener to a sender only began with ``humming'' or ``playing with an instrument.''
Then, I made friends and we all became passionate about these games.

What will be changed if there had been an adult like me at that time?
This is the origin of the idea of the "Tasting Party."

My answer to the question, "What does it mean to 'try playing properly'?"
I hope everyone can enjoy it.


It is aimed at everyone, professional or amateur, who aspires to the opportunity to expand their creativity.

Below are the main targets.



1) Supporting the creative activities of classical musicians

With the exception of the composition department, there was no idea of creative activities for performers in advanced classical music education.


We will continue to create experimental programs for classical musicians, with the goal of developing improvisational and creative abilities that can be applied to any genre.


2) Support for creative activities of high school students

I believe that your high school experiences are an important time in determining your lifelong hobbies and preferences.

We support high school light music clubs and brass bands in their creative activities, not only with improvisation, but also with advice on high-quality basic practice methods.


3) Support for improving the level of local amateur music lovers who continue to play music throughout their lives

I think music enriches life and improves correct judgment and intuition.

The level of music in a local community is the level of its culture, and we believe that it is desirable for more people to enjoy music throughout their lives.


Many talented people grow from this kind of soil. I would like to make that dream come true.


4) Music support for various people visiting Kyoto

Many people come to Kyoto from all over Japan and the world to experience Kyoto's culture. For these people, we would like to give them the opportunity to get a taste of the direction of their creativity in a short period of time.


"Taste Meeting" aims to be at the cutting edge of education in the world, different from traditional classrooms and music schools.

We aim to realize the idea that ``If you want to know the newest way to do something, come to Kyoto.''




1) Jazz tasting party basic

You will experience two tasting programs.

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner. If you are interested, you are welcome to take a tour.

Also, you can take the course as many times as you like, and I think you'll discover something new every time you take the course.


-Currently, we recommend that you participate using your own instrument that produces 12 notes.

If you are playing an ethnic or special instrument, we recommend that you use a piano or keyboard harmonica.


・We also support guitarists who have a successful career but cannot read music.

Genre doesn't matter either. We are originally a guitar school, so we can accommodate you perfectly.


2) Advanced Jazz Tasting Party

Currently, we are targeting classical players and guitarists who cannot read music.

The following seminar was held for those who have taken the basic course.


Ⅰ) What is a code? Scale settings for each chord. (Textbook fee required separately)

II) A taste of blues and blues melodies

Ⅲ) A taste of further developed blues melodies

Ⅳ)Explanation and taste of Brazilian music

Ⅴ) Impromptu tango tasting

Ⅵ) Impromptu tasting of Gypsy Swing

VII) Development and taste of jazz-like chords for pianists


3) Review meeting (session meeting)

Based on the repertoire performed at the tasting session,

Past participants are holding a session competition.

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