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File.8 Yokosuka Younger Than Yesterday
Mayuko Niimura (Jazz Cafe Chigusa)
The Chigusa Award was established to discover outstanding young jazz musicians. A competition is held every time, and the winner is given the opportunity to produce an LP and CD as a supplementary prize.
This is the sixth time the award has been won by Atsushi Miyawaki (26), a clarinet player from Yokosuka City.
At first glance, he seems like a cute young man, but when he starts playing, he bursts out with a passionate, bouncy energy. The moment you take your breath away, the mellow and glossy tone attracts the listener's heart and doesn't let go.
Of course he has good technique, but the depth of his heart seems to be reflected in his sound, and the gap between his easy-going demeanor and his easy-going demeanor is also great. No wonder he already has so many fans.
After the LP and CD production, a release live is held every year. In previous years, it was held only once in the Yokohama Noge area, but this time, as the winner is from Yokosuka City, the live spot ``Younger Than Yesterday'' (commonly known as ``YTY''), which is connected to him, was also held. It was held.
YTY has been a base for Yokosuka culture since it opened in September 2001, and is a space where you can enjoy a variety of live performances regardless of genre. The spacious space, which was renovated from a former movie theater and has over 100 seats, is a place where you can not only relax and watch live music, but also enjoy drinks and food.
When it comes to live music spots, there are problems with soundproofing, and many of them may feel closed-off and closed-in. On that point, YTY is located on the 4th floor of a building with a nostalgic exterior, and as it is a former movie theater, the lobby space is open and spacious. You can spend the time comfortably until the live performance starts.
Those who like the retro and cool interior, which retains the atmosphere of the Showa era, will be irresistible.
The owner is Shigeru Sasaki, who was born and raised in Yokosuka. He's an active dentist!
When Sasaki was growing up, there was still a conscription system in the United States, and there were cultural figures and musicians among the U.S. military stationed in Yokosuka. In Yokosuka, he was exposed to authentic American music and stepped into the world of music himself.
The reason I opened YTY was when an old friend of mine, the owner of a building, approached me about reusing a former movie theater site. He said he accepted the project because he thought, ``I want to create a place where music can gather!'' The name ``Younger Than Yesterday'' means that no matter how old you are, you still feel young. Nowadays, many famous musicians perform here, and it is no exaggeration to say that it is one of Yokosuka's most representative live spots.
The members of this record live show are young, in their 20s to early 30s, but they harmonized wonderfully with the retro, horizontally oriented space, and their one word was ``cool!''. Their talent is obvious if you listen to them in person, but combined with the atmosphere of YTY, it was a one-of-a-kind live performance.
Although we have entered the Reiwa era, those who want to fully immerse themselves in the ska culture that has been passed down from the Showa era should definitely visit YTY.
*Click here for YTY live schedule >> http://www.yty-jp.com/index.html
*Atsushi Miyawaki's album "SCENERY" is now on sale!
For inquiries, please contact Chigusa .