Announcing Anniversary, the debut album by Emi Makabe

We’re announcing a new artist, Emi Makabe, who is a vocalist, composer and shamisen player. Her debut album, Anniversary, will be released on October 30th.

The album is a set of eleven of Emi’s original compositions, which blend pop and Japanese folk melodies with cross-cultural instrumentation and jazz improvisation. Her band features Thomas Morgan on bass, Vitor Gonçalves on piano / accordion, and Kenny Wollesen on drums / vibraphone, and they have a unique ensemble sound that brings Emi’s unique musical aesthetic to life. Check out the album details below.

Pre-order for the record will begin on September 18, so watch for singles and videos to come.

For now, you can watch the album trailer video below featuring excerpts from a few tracks:

Album Details:

Track Listing:
1. Treeing (3:21)
2. Joy (7:23)
3. Chimney Sweeper (5:40)
4. Moon & I (4:52)
5. Something Love (4:54)
6. Flash (3:12)
7. I Saw The Light (3:53)
8. Mielcke (2:53)
9. O Street (3:37)
10. Rino (4:50)
11. Anniversary (3:49)

Emi Makabe, voice/shamisen
Vitor Gonçalves, piano/accordion
Thomas Morgan, double bass
Kenny Wollesen, drums/vibraphone

Production Credits:
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording, New York City on August 25, 2018
Recording Engineers Andy Taub, Nate Mendelsohn, Akihiro Nishimura
Mixed by Nathaniel Morgan at Buckminster Palace
Mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
Design: Megumi Fujimura
Photography: ZUZU, Antonio Porcar Cano, Cristina Zuppa, Dave Farkas, David Schwartz
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Producer: Emi Makabe

All music and lyrics written by Emi Makabe (BMI) except “Chimney Sweeper,” music by Emi Makabe, lyrics by William Blake.