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MM, Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens College, Jazz Performance
2008 - 2nd Place in the Jazz contest ‘’The Third Kobe Next Jazz Competition’’ in Japan
2009 - Grand Prix in the Jazz contest ‘’The Third Kobe Next Jazz Competition’’ in Japan
2009 - Grand Prix in Jazz Tenor Saxophone category in ”Saikyo Players Contest” in Japan
2013 - First Place in the Jazz competition ‘’Jazz Search West 2013’’ by Living Jazz in San Francisco
2013 - Received full tuition to the summer camp ‘’Jazz Camp West 2013’’ by Living Jazz in San Francisco
2017 - Third prize in Winds and Brass category in George Gershwin International Music Competition in New York
Ryoju is a Jazz saxophone anomaly, recognized as delivering a vibrant timbre based on his distinct musicality, which relieves and amuses a wide range of audiences. He was born into a musical family in Kyoto, Japan in April 1986. Gaining a skill of a lyrical tone reminiscent of Stan Getz, Ryoju had been known as one of potential leading Jazz saxophonists. As he accumulating approvals, he won the Grand Prix in “The Third Kobe Next Jazz Competition’’ in 2009. His musical peculiarities were valued by phenomenal jazz critics such as Masahisa Segawa and Birdman Koda, he made an appearance in the Jazz critique Magazine “Jazz Hihyou’’ and “Jazz World” as a young energetic saxophonist. After that, his original CD ‘’Bamboo Grove’’ was published, the original tune ''Bamboo Grove'' was aired on radio for an electricity power supply company, YAMABISHI's commercial song. In the summer of 2012,
Ryoju was selected as a member of Korea Japan Jazz All Stars touring band formed by 4 splendid Korean and Japanese musicians, guitar-Kang Woong, trumpet-Akira Tanidono, piano-Song Yong Joo, bass-Park Jin Kyo, drum-Kim Min Chan. The shows had succeeded in every important venue at the Bear Hall, Evans Club, All That Jazz, ChunNyunDongAnDo, and Palm in Seoul, Korea. Accordingly, in March 2013, Ryoju visited San Francisco to participate in the Jazz competition ‘’Jazz Search West 2013’’. He won First Place the following month at the finals. As the prize, Ryoju received full tuition to the summer camp ‘’Jazz Camp West 2013’’. In the Camp, he performed in one of the faculty concerts as a guest saxophonist with Elio Villafranca, Allison Miller, Ratzo B. Harris.
In November 2013, Ryoju moved to the New York City vicinity to discipline himself, and study Jazz as a music based on American culture. In March 2015, Ryoju was accepted to the Manhattan School of Music, and trained by Rich Perry, Garry Dail, and Richard Sussman. And also, he was transferred to CUNY Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music for studying with John Ellis, Michael Mossman, and Peter Calandra. Then he graduated with the degree of Master of Music in Jazz Study in 2018. Ryoju was invited to join “George Gershwin International Music Competition2017 in New York” as a Classical-Jazz saxophonist, and won third prize in Winds and Brass category in the competition. In March 2018, as a composer, sound designer, music director, Ryoju was selected for composing and designing an original main theme song for Japanese Kids’ school in New Jersey “The Kids International Weekend School, Inc.”. He contributed his all musical and engineering abilities into the song called, “Imadokino-Aiueo”. In May 2018, Ryoju released his first record in New York City, "Ryotown Sounds vol.1", which was recorded with bass-Lonnie Plaxico, piano and keybord-Michael Raye. Ryoju has become an official endorser of the saxophone maker, Forestone Japan, and has been playing the Forestone Saxophone for over 3 years.
I've been teaching music for a wide range of generations of students for over 10 years. When I was in Japan, I had taught lessons in Yamano music school, which is one of well-known music schools in general music lesson industries in Japan. Throughout classical music to Jazz music, providing a lesson with full of joyfulness within a genuine music education to students is my teaching motto. Having an ability of playing music by your instrument is to be able to improve your own personality and expressions.
For beginning students who are children or elementary school students wishing to play Piano, Flute, Clarinet, or Saxophone, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. For the students' level of intermediate beyond, I only accept teaching Saxophone students. Then, I would like to see what kind of musicality on your saxophone you have, first. To do that, you have to prepare a song that you are most comfortable with. Or, I provide you some materials, or specific Etudes. For example: (For Saxophone student) ・H. Klose 25 Daily Exercises for Saxophone ・Marcel Mule 48 Etudes
Essentially, my teaching style is to raise students with a lot of compliments. When students are doing very well, or showing their achievements by putting a lot of their efforts, practicing and studying, I naturally applaud them. Because playing instruments have to be fun in some ways. If students are going wrong directions, such as trying to dislike practicing their instrument, I might give you a little pep talk. In either case, I respect students, I would like students to improve their musicality and expand their future prosperities.
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