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'Mystic Dreams' theme for Frank Gordon jazz night

Date Posted: 2009-11-25

Okinawa favorite Frank Gordon is building his upcoming Jazz Night on Sunday around an original composition written when he was in college.

Mystic Dreams is the theme of Gordon’s Sunday afternoon concert at Garaman Hall, Ginoza Village Culture Center. “I was inspired to compose when my teacher played this beautiful piece for piano in college,” says Gordon. “One of the chords had a profound effect on me, and soon after I wrote Mystic Dreams, a short piece around that chord. It also sounds very mystical.”

Gordon says “this piece recently came back into my mind again with the vibraphone, and I am grateful to be able to play this piece with our guest vibraphone player and other talented musicians.” Fumiko Yamazaki will perform Mystic Dreams on the vibraphone at Sunday’s concert. “These sounds will take you and your imagination into places you’ve never heard of nor imagined before,” says Gordon. “Enjoy the music.”

The program’s music is set in a time when young and ambitious jazz musicians played in 1960’s America, Gordon explains, and says “the music has kept its fadeless fresh sounds to the present.” In the second set, the mystic world complex with colorful music tones will feature special guest Fumiko Yamazaki and Gordon’s original composition Mystic Dreams.

Frank Gordon leads the group on his trumpet, while Raymond McMorrin plays tenor sax and Mitsuhiro Wada the trombone. Kosuke Johma performs on guitar, whikle Yuji Hayashi plays piano, Isao Nishkawa the bass and Sebastian Kaptein the drums.

Tickets are available in advance from the Ginoza Village Culture Center at ¥2,500 for adults and ¥1,500 for students. Adult tickets are ¥3,000 at the door, while student tickets are ¥2,000. Reservations may be made at (098) 983-2613, or by email at garaman@ginoza-bunka.jp.

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