Masayoshi Fujita is a Japanese vibraphonist and composer based in Berlin. Masa first learned how to play the drums, followed by extensive vibraphone training to craft and play his own, mostly jazz and electronic-influenced compositions.
Determined not to stick to traditional vibraphone styles or techniques, Masayoshi started to prepare his instrument with pieces of metal, strips of foil and other objects in the search for new possibilities with the instrument. The resulting new sounds help to expand the vibraphone spectrum without eroding the instrument’s intrinsic character. His recent collaboration with German electronic musician Jan Jelinek received a lot of attention from experimental music fans around the world on recommendation by UK magazine The Wire.
‘Apologues’, his new release with Erased Tapes, sees Masayoshi for the first time use an array of instruments besides his lead instrument – such as the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, French horn, accordion, piano and snare drum played by friends, but arranged by Masa himself.
'Melodic constellations so impeccably gorgeous that they ache'
(8.2) – Pitchfork
‘A master craftsman plucking at your heartstrings mercilessly’
(8/10) – Drowned In Sound
'Elegant, evocative and understated, this is the perfect soundtrack for idle daydreams' ★★★★ – The Irish Times
‘Quaint string motifs flow smoothly into a neo-romantic wave of yearning, and shyly recoil back into a state of introspection’
– Crack Magazine
‘Fujita’s gilded, dream-like recollections keep their shape without gravity keeping them down’ (7.5/10) – The Line of Best Fit
“Twinkly brilliance. Good vibes.” (8/10) – Norman Records