*** VIETNAMESE VERSION COMING SOON!***
Early Summer Concert with Shun & Peter
Vocal– Shun Sakai
Piano– Peter Baartmans(Vietnamese name: Diệp Quốc Đạt), blind pianist.
Saturday 20 April, 2019, 6pm
At the door: 500,000vnd (350,000vnd for students and Salon Saigon members)
In 1976, Shun Sakai started her career as singer at legendary Jazz Club ‘Misty’ in Roppongi, Tokyo. A year after her stage debut she released her first album ‘SHUN’ and had several sensational hits. Soon to follow were two more successful albums and countless collaborations with other musicians.
The following years were spent constantly touring and performing, until the sudden epiphany which brought her to the USA, opening her eyes to see the world and her performance from another perspective. Shun made the most of her time in the USA exploring an entirely different culture. When it was time for her to start a family she returned to her native Japan.
After an extended hiatus raising her son, Shun decided to make a return to the music scene. Perhaps it was the time spent away from her homeland that led her to add some classic Japanese songs to her repertoire. It was during this period Shun first recorded ‘Mangetu No Yuube’ (Evening of the Full Moon), which would go on to be one of her signature songs. The song is about the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, in which over six thousand lost their lives. The song was written in the period immideatley following the earthquake, and went on to net Shun the Japan Composer’s Association Japan Record Award for Best………. Shun has performed on NHK many times, and her songs have been used on many movies and TV dramas, providing an even wider exposure of her talents.
In the period around 2004, Shun began to further explore new possibilities in sound and voice. Her interests and style left convention behind and moved to a more tribal, improvised sound that can not be defined in a single category. During this exploration, Shun released an experimental album ‘Night at the Circus vol 1’. This was followed by the release in 2010 of two more albums, ‘Plays Standard vol 1’ and ‘A Few Little Things’, both of which were marked departures from her earlier recordings. Yet through her doubtless talents both received commercial success. Both albums were also notable for their cover art provided by leading artist Ryoji Arai.
After these 3 albums Shun has found contentment and even greater confidence in her style and sound. Shun’s latest album Daily life of Spiral Staircase with Alt saxophonist Eiiti Hayashi and pianist Nobumasa Tanaka was released in 2012, and has become an important contribution to the catalogue of this prolific and ever evolving artist.
Peter Baartmans (Diep Quoc Dat) was born in Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam in 1988. He has been blind from birth. When he was six years old he had an opportunity to learn piano and guitar at his blind school. After that, he studied classical piano and Vietnamese POP music at HCM conservatory of music. He exhibited exceptional talent and musical ability, He has learned new musical works strictly by ear.