“Kazu and Kats ~ Get Hype Tonight ~”, a mix of traditional Japanese music, Latin and contemporary jazz, released a music video to the world!



New York-based drummer Kazuhiro Odagiri after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA

Jazz trumpeter Mao Sone, who appeared in the film “Trumpet”, which won the Audience Award at the Short Shorts Film Festival 2021, one of Asia’s biggest short film festivals.

Pianist Shu Kanematsu, who has produced music for numerous television series, films and commercials in Japan.

Ren Yamamoto, who has participated in numerous live and recording sessions in Japan.

Kazu and Kats ~ Be hyped tonight ~

They performed at Absolute Blue in Tokyo, Japan on April 9, 2021.

On June 16, 2021, Office Ayumi LLC (Toshima-ku, Tokyo) released a promotional video of this live performance to the world in English and Japanese.

The video was shot and edited by Shin Watanabe, an aspiring filmmaker and professional drummer.

Promotional video for “Kazu and Kats ~ Get hype tonight ~”

Japanese version: https://youtu.be/I5MIH4rBV_8

English version: https://youtu.be/fBRCKJOG0Hc

The performance took place in a 360 degree stage style where the audience surrounds the performers.

Drummer Kazuhiro Odagiri, who moved to the United States about 10 years ago, has been involved in funk, R&B, Cuban, Malagasy and Indian jazz-based music, and was drawn to the uniqueness and the interest of Japanese culture “festival (Matsuri)”.

He grew up in Japan. In 2011, he went to study music in Boston and New York, which gave him a new appreciation for Japan. He and his friends will deeply present their unique music to the world.

Stay tuned to their future activities with a global perspective.


Kazuhiro Odagiri (Drums) https://www.facebook.com/kazuhiro.odagiri.9

Mao Sone (Trumpet) http://maosone.com/

Shu Kanematsu (Piano) https://www.nichionsakka.com/shu-kanematsu

Ren Yamamoto (Bass) https://bassmagazine.jp/news/20210304-yamamoto/

Production staff

Photography / Editing: Shin Watanabe https://shinchanchan.wixsite.com/official

Sound engineer: Noriyuki Maeda

Translation of English subtitles: Kazuhiro Odagiri

Producer: Ayumi Hoshikawa (Office Ayumi LLC.)

Filming location: Absolute Blue https://absol.blue/

Planning and production: Office Ayumi LLC.

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