“Timeless…A Century of A Cappella Jazz” is our fresh, new CD on sale now! Featuring jazz a cappella songs from every decade over the last 100 years. A century of jazz!
It was great to see everybody at our concert in Brookline today (Sunday, Nov 17). Please join us for our concert Dec 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library.
Join us for our exciting concert at St. Paul’s church in Brookline. Sunday, Nov 17, at 2:30 p.m. CD Release Party afterwards. Come hear us perform live. Special guest singers. Our brand new CDs will be on sale after the concert.
Our new CD is in production and we are looking forward to taking delivery of it very soon. CDs will be on sale at our CD Release Concert and Party, Sunday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline. See you there!
The final mix is done and the tracks are in the shop being mastered.
Stay tuned for many exciting announcements about upcoming concerts, Our Brand New CD and save the date for our CD release concert and party on Nov 17 in Brookline, MA.
BJV is thrilled to be performing next Saturday the 11th in Watertown. Music is healing; please come and join us!
Saturday, May 11th, 2013, 2:00 PM
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main St., Watertown, MA
Need a distraction from pre-marathon jitters? BJV will be performing on Sunday, April 14th at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham!
Sunday, April 14th, 2013, 3:00 PM
The Chapel/Commons at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School
375 Lexington St. Waltham, MA
(NOTE: this is not the regular entrance on Beaver St. but right around the corner at our new property)
Tickets at the door: $15/adults, $12 students and seniors
Boston Jazz Voices is pumped to be joined by Ball in the House and rock the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College next Saturday, March 9 in the 11th annual A Cappella Night! Also joining is the college’s own Mackapella. Hope to see YOU there!
Saturday, March 9th, 2013, 7:30 PM
Eleventh Annual A Cappella Night
Rogers Center at Merrimack College
315 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA
Reservations and Information: 978-837-5355
Note from the director, Tsunenori “Lee” ABE
First of all, thank you so much for submitting wonderful arrangements for our arranging competition. We received many creative works, which made our selection process very difficult!
That being said, the work with the most depth and color out of all the competitors was winner Hiro Matsubara’s arrangement of “When I Fall In Love.” Matsubara delivered rich, sophisticated vocal harmonies, appropriate for a group whose musical heritage is rooted in the music of Gene Puerling.
Matsubara’s work also flowed beautifully, thanks to his advanced counterpoint writing skills and carefully layered inner voices.
Overall, what we saw in Matsubara’s arrangement promises to impress our listeners the most. It is now our turn to make this beautiful work of art sound as good as, if not better than it was written.
About the Winner
Hiro Matsubara was born and raised in Fukui, Japan. His first meeting with music was piano. He started taking classical piano lessons from 4 years old. It would form the basis of his musical ability, but it took a long time until he got a passion for music.
When he entered junior high school, he started playing trombone as a member of wind orchestra program. He met many kind of music during that program. Latin, Funk, Theater Music, these kind of music made him be interested in these musical structure. Naturally, he began to study popular music theory.
In high school, he joined an a cappella chorus group and took part in a contest on a television program. The group moved on to the national finals, and received a high evaluation. That final was recorded live and marketed as a CD by major label Pony Canyon. That CD sold over 300,000 copies. After that, his group was selected for another compilation CD.
At the same time, he started his career as an arranger. Most of their repertoire was his arrangement, and he made an arrangement for other groups several times.
After that, he entered Tsukuba University to be a teacher of mathematics, but his passion for music kept building more and more. At the age of 19, he listened to an album “He Is Christmas” by Take 6. From that day, he began his commitment to Jazz and R&B, and taught himself Jazz Theory.
Around the same time, he started working as a background singer. He performed with Japanese popular singers Kobukuro, SMAP, Knki Kids, etc.
He was also a leader and a trainer of an a cappella chorus club of his university, he made over 50 arrangements for bands that belonged the club. In 2006, one of his bands passed a national audition for “Kansai A Cappella Jamboree”, the biggest a cappella concert in Japan.
After graduating the university, he moved to Boston and entered Berklee College of Music. Since that time, he has joined many recordings of his friends and arranged vocal jazz tunes for his friends’ recital.
He returned to Japan after graduating Berklee, then started works as a producer / singer songwriter. Currently he is preparing for own a cappella chorus group.