Country: JP/DE

Masayoshi Fujita is a Japanese vibraphonist and composer based in Berlin. Masayoshi first learned how to play the drums, followed by extensive vibraphone training to craft and play his own compositions.

Determined not to stick to traditional vibraphone styles or techniques and theory of composition, he seeks his own vibraphone  sound and its new possibilities. Masayoshi also prepares his instrument with strings of bead, strips of foil and similar objects. The resulting sounds, akin to distortions, help expand the vibraphone spectrum without eroding the instrument’s intrinsic character or abandoning it altogether.

Inspired by the silence and deepness of the fog, the mountains and gravity within, his music evokes images, atmospheres, scenery and stories — tropes that have accumulated in himself. At the same time he dives into the unexplored beauty of the vibraphone, and pursues the charm of the instrumentation and the music itself.

His recent collaboration with German electronic musician Jan Jelinek received a lot of attention from experimental music fans around the world.

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Past events

This artist participated in the SHAPE platform which concluded in 2022. The current version of the project is SHAPE+. Like its predecessor, it is co-funded by the European Union.