Profile of
Motoya Hamaguchi

1951
Born in Tokyo. I started playing the guitar and the flute from the 7th grade; at this time I first heard Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennet, Antonio Carlos Jobim. I was an isolated existence amidst the enthusiasm of the Ventures and the Beatles. During junior high school and high school, I was absorbed in playing soccer; on holidays I frequented my favorite Jazz coffee shop; I used to listen to John Coltrane every night before going to bed. In those days I made friends with Haruomi Hosono, who happened to live in my neighborhood.

1969
While a student of the department of science and engineering of Waseda University, I went over to New York to study music. I studied flute under Jeremy Steig (flautist). As I had luck to make friends with Marty Morrell, drummer of Bill Evans Trio, I could listen to Bill Evans' live performance every night. During my stay in New York I was exposed to various genres of music.

1973
After my return to Japan, thanks to kind invitation of Rei Ohara, I played the flute in the legendary (?) band called Bamboo (Rei Ohara, Kenji Omura (the departed), Martin Wilweber, Tatsuo Hayashi, Hiroshi Imai & John Yamazaki were its members). However, as the sound of flute was drowned by the two electric guitars, I had no choice but beat the conga drums that happened to be available. Since then, I have participated in music sessions in the flute and the percussion.

1975
Invited by Haruomi Hosono, I participated in the tour called "
Tin Pan Alley " in the flute and the percussion. I participated in the recordings and live performances of Yosui Inoue, Yumi Matsutoya, Minako Yoshida, Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, Seri Ishikawa, and other musicians. Afterwards, I worked as a studio musician.
I also participated in the recordings of the following singers and groupsingers:

Miyuki Nakajima, Seiko Matsuda, Momoe Yamaguchi, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akiko Yano, Yukihiro Takahashi, Miharu Koshi, Junko Ohashi, Reichi Nakaido, Checkers, Fumiya Fujii, Southern All Stars, Tatsuro Yamashita, Mari Takeuchi, Sojiro, Senkan Yamato, Kazuhiko Kato, Takao Kusugi, Tokyo Scapara, Miki Imai, Yoshitaka Minami, Shinichi Mori, Eiichi Otaki, Akira Kobayashi, Fuyumi Sakamoto, Kei Ung-suk, Kim Yong-ja, BOOM, Yoshihiro Kai, Akina Nakamori, Machiko Watanabe, Shinji Tanimura, Takao Horiuchi, Naomi Chiaki, Toko Furu-uchi, Motoharu Sano, Le Couple, Kenji Sawada, Cousin, Masahito Tomobe, Yoshiyuki Makihara, Midori Karashima, Yasushi Nakanishi, Chikako Sawada, Mayumi Itsuwa, Marina Watanabe, Keizo Nakanishi, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, SAKURA, Toshinori Yonekura, Shonentai, Joji Tokoro, Ryoko Suehiro, Magokoro Brothers, Wolfuls, SPEED, HERO, Hidetaro Honjo, Missia, and many others.

1990
Released an album "Takara-Monde "( Crown Records). For ethnic music, I sought the Japanese identity in Japanese folk songs. Started to write music.


1999
Started to work on the percussion ensemble of West Africa and tried to aim at the blending of this music with Japanese folk songs. Started to teach the theory of rhythms at the NHK Culture Center and others instituions.

2000
Started to sing in an attempt of the popularization of "new danceable popular songs for adults."
In April released a CD album "c'est du nanan" with a group called "nanan" under Victor group's new label "aosis records". In October released a solo album "Din Don" under the same label "aosis records".
Started my career as a singer.

2001
While engaged in the usual studio work, started making live performances of sing and talk accompanied by the guitar in various places.  

2008
In September released a solo album
"A romance in the moonlight (Tsukikageno koi)". Also re-released an album "Takara-Monde "( 1990 Crown Records )

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