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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. suicide 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. suicide crown
  • 07. 15min in the dark

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nariiki (なりイキ)
nariiki is a Tokyo-based quartet I lead, featuring guest musicians from around the world alongside core members "Akkun" Ando (alto sax and effects), Ryuichi Yoshida (baritone sax), and Daigo Wakasugi (drums). Punk + chamber jazz + Tokyo underground noise = ? nariiki has a website here and a bandcamp page.
Nouon
Nuoun is a new duo + guests with the marimba/vibraphonist Azusa Yamada.  Vibes and Fender Rhodes improvise and weave through original compositions.  
NAtO (North Atlantic tonal Organization)
A collaboration between Danish bassist Max Nauta and myself, NAtO is a Berlin-based collective fortified with drums and a string quartet, including players from Germany, Poland, Canada, the US, and other mostly democratic countries. Beautiful Danish jazz meets harsh ugly American aggression. Song samples here
Improv Theater
I'm the pianist for two Tokyo improvisational comedy theater groups: as a founding member of the Japanese troupe Improlabo (improlabo.org) and in English at the Tokyo Comedy Store (tokyocomedy.com). I'm also an occasional guest musician at Seattle's Unexpected Productions, BATS and a number of SF-based groups.
Pop Jazz Circus
Led by clarinettist Huw Lloyd, Pop Jazz Circus is a Gesamtkunstwerk of improv theater, music and circuslike energy. More info at huwlloydmusic.com/improv
Loolowningen & The Far East Idiots
I'm an original member, and now occasional guest 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 by Mississippi blues legend and keeper of history, Steve Gardner. stevegardner.info for more info.
POLYLIS (R.I.P.)
Polylis was a free jazz electro pop noise band, with 6 seasoned members of the Tokyo hardcore underground scene. Go to the polylis bandcamp page to hear the music.
¿random jazz?
I often play jazz piano at music venues and hotels around Tokyo and other cities. Please contact me directly if interested.

BIO

Kevin McHugh (b.1982) is a pianist, composer and accordionist 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 thanks to a DAAD scholarship. Kevin has since spent his time traveling and playing music in nearly 30 countries. In 2006, Kevin won a year-long Watson Fellowship to study the improvisation scenes of megacities in Brazil, Egypt, India, China, and Japan. From 2007 - 2009 he lived in New York City and San Francisco, but spent considerable time touring the US and Europe with Jon Pfeffer's "Capillary Action", as well as the Tony award winning theater group The San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Currently, Kevin travels around the world sharing improvised music, and is a founding member of both the Berlin-based North American tonal Organization and Improlabo in Tokyo, Japan. In 2012 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. He is a recent recipient of a 2015 Seattle 4Culture award to lead a collaborative project between Japanese and US musicians.

1982年アメリカ合衆国ワシントン州シアトル生まれ。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、DAAD奨学生としてベルリン工科大学で音楽とデザインを学ぶ。2006年にはトマス・J・ワトソン研究奨学金を獲得し、一年間に渡ってブラジル・エジプト・インド・中国・日本の大都市における即興音楽シーンを研究する。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、ジョン・フェファー主宰のバンドCapillary Actionや、トニー賞受賞の劇団The San Francisco Mime Troupeと共にアメリカ・ヨーロッパ各地でツアーを行う。

現在は世界各地を飛び回りながら即興音楽を中心として精力的に活動しており、30近くの国での演奏実績をもつ。ベルリンを拠点とする音楽集団North American Tonal Organizationや、東京を拠点とする即興実験学校(インプロ・ラボ)の立ち上げメンバーでもある。2012年には、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および短編映画作品に楽曲を提供した。また、最近では、日米の音楽家を結びつけるプロジェクトSeattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connectionsの主宰者として、2015年のSeattle 4Culture賞を受賞している。

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