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April 1, 2012 | First full album release!

A new album from Polylis, recorded with hardcore members of the Tokyo underground music scene. A deeper, more avant-garde turn from our original PolyOne release.

polylis / hills

  • April 1, 2012 release
  • 1500 Japanese yen or equivalent
  • Miminoko Pro / MP-010
  • JAN: 44571326503347
  • Tracks:
  • 01. Magical Mystery Sewer
  • 02. cycle
  • 03. Black hill
  • 04. people I am not
  • 05. a hill
  • 06. suside crown
  • 07. 15min in the dark

04.01(日) 1st フルアルバム release!!

東京アンダーグラウンド・ミュージックシーンで活躍する、クセの強い演奏家だらけで録音。『POLY ONE』の方向性を深化させ、よりダイナミックかつアヴァンギャルドなバンドサウンドに仕上げました。

polylis / hills

  • Tracks:
  • 01. Magical Mystery Sewer
  • 02. cycle
  • 03. Black hill
  • 04. people I am not
  • 05. a hill
  • 06. suside crown
  • 07. 15min in the dark

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BULLS
Bulls is a new quartet I lead, with "Akkun" Ando (alto sax and effects), Ryuichi Yoshida (baritone sax), and Daigo Wakasugi (drums). Free jazz, pretty blues and ambient noise?
loolowningen kovito ensemble
The acoustic version of "Loolowningen and the Far East Idiots" under the leadership of Shigeru Akakura! I play accordion in this J-indies/prog/sexy gypsy band. loolowningen.com for more info.
steve gardner ramblin' blues band
The dirtiest roots and blues music in Japan! Led my Mississippi blues legend and keeper of history, Steve Gardner. stevegardner.info for more info.
NATO (north atlantic tonal organisation)
Besides being an ENFORCER of world peace, NATO also does music, who knew? A collaboration between Danish bassist Max Nauta and myself, NATO is usually fortified with drums and a string quartet, including players from Germany, Poland, the US, and other mostly democratic countries. Beautiful Danish jazz meets harsh ugly American aggression.
Improv Comedy
I perform music with two Tokyo improvisational comedy theater groups: in Japanese with Improlabo (improlabo.org) and in English at the Tokyo Comedy store (tokyocomedy.com).
The Lacy Foundation
Led by jazz clarinettist Huw Lloyd, The Lacy foundation is a community of musicians and other creative types exploring the compositions and artistic approach of legendary, yet sadly underappreciated, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. More info at facebook.com/thelacyfoundation
polylis (R.I.P.)
Polylis is a Tokyo based free jazz electro pop noise band, with 6 seasoned members of the Tokyo hardcore underground scene. Go to the polylis bandcamp page for more information.
¿random jazz?
I often play jazz piano at hotels and music venues around Tokyo. Please contact me directly for that schedule.

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    BIO

    Kevin McHugh (b.1982) is a jazz pianist and composer from Seattle, WA. He studied jazz piano and German at Oberlin College and Conservatory, the oldest music school in the United States, as well as in Germany at the Technische Universität Berlin. Since graduating, Kevin has spent most of his time traveling and playing music in nearly 30 countries. In 2006, Kevin won a year-long Watson Fellowship and used this large grant to study improvisation in Brazil, Egypt, India, China, and Japan. From 2007 - 2009 Kevin lived in New York City and San Francisco, but spent considerable time touring the US and Europe with the NYC band "Capillary Action", as well as the Tony award winning theater group The San Francisco Mime Troupe.

    Curently, Kevin travels around the world performing improvised music, especially in Seattle and Tokyo, from free jazz to American roots music and improvised comedy theater. Most recently he was chosen to compose music for a theatrical performance and short film to support the Tohoku earthquake survivors, thanks to a grant from the Japan Foundation.

    ケビン・マキュー | 1982年生まれ。ピアニスト・アコーディオン奏者。アメリカ合衆国で最も古い歴史をもつ音楽学校、オバーリン音楽院でジャズピアノとドイツ語を専攻し、ベルリン工科大学で音楽とデザインを学ぶ。2006年にオバーリン音楽院を優等で卒業した後、トマス・J・ワトソン研究奨学金を獲得し、1年に渡ってブラジル・エジプト・インド・中国・日本の5ヶ国に滞在、各地で即興音楽を学ぶ。2007年から2009年にかけてはニューヨークおよびサンフランシスコを拠点としながら、ニューヨーク出身のバンド「キャピラリー・アクション」や、トニー賞受賞の劇団「ザ・サンフランシスコ・マイム・トループ」と共にアメリカ・ヨーロッパ各地でツアーを行う。

    2009年からは東京に拠点を移し、音楽活動の幅をさらに拡げてきた。ピアニスト・アコーディオン奏者として、東京の著名なホテルやジャズクラブ、およびアジア・ヨーロッパ各地のライブハウスで精力的に演奏を続ける一方で、エレクトロポップ、ルーツミュージック、ブルース、即興演劇、クラシック音楽、フリージャズなどの幅広いなジャンル・分野で活躍している。2012年から13年にかけては、国際交流基金からの助成を受け、東日本大震災復興支援のための演劇作品に楽曲を提供した。

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