Drummer Kentaro Nakayama releases stunningly beautiful collaboration with 'Broadway'
(Published: May 15, 2011)
May 14, 2011 (Astoria, NY) Written by Robert Sutton. Drummer Kentaro Nakayama has a simple goal for his musical career: He is married to his art till death does them part. "I want to keep playing music until I die," Nakayama revealed.
In these days of commerce taking precedence over authentic self-expression in the business, the purity of Nakayama's attitude is quite refreshing. Yes, there are real musicians left in this world, and Nakayama can be proudly included with them.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Nakayama has just released an album of stunningly beautiful instrumentals called Broadway. A collaboration with bassist Kenji Yoshitake, the record also features pianist Yuko Okamoto, who often provides a velvety smooth sheen to the music. On "Theme," composed by Nakayama himself, Okamoto delivers soothing, incandescent melodies over Nakayama's steady, robust drumming. "Deal in Fantasy," another Nakayama original, displays some of Yoshitake's most pulsating bass lines as Nakayama's shuffling drums and Okamoto's shimmering, atmospheric piano conjure cinematic images.
To Nakayama, composing songs is a way of communicating his innermost feelings. "Music is the way I can create a real connection between human beings, and I can express myself," Nakayama explained. "It is not just a piece of entertainment anymore."
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Nakayama started playing drums at the age of 15. However, back then his style was geared towards rock & roll. But when Nakayama received a scholarship for Boston in 2007, it was to study jazz.
That Broadway finds Nakayama teaming up with a fellow musician is no surprise; he thrives on working with others. "All musicians who I have met are fantastic people," Nakayama said. "They have made me become a musician. I can't forget the satisfaction, the feeling of unity I get, when I play with musicians."
More Information: http://kentaronakayama.com