Flutist Kana Miyamoto's debut record "Spring Doze" is a beautiful, musically diverse recording that bears repeated listening. Kana and the band engage in thoughtful interplay throughout with compositions that are well crafted and suited to these kind of explorations. A fine first outing! - Steve Cardenas
Kana Miyamoto makes an auspicious debut recording exhibiting both a gorgeous tone on the flute and a very personal approach to synthesizing classical, jazz and rock influences in her compositions and improvising. Definitely worth checking out!
Kanacept is a flute quartet that performs a unique hybrid between classical and jazz. The ensemble features Kana Miyamoto on flute, Kieran McAuliffe on guitar, Sam Weisburg on bass, and Yousuke Nagayama on drums. Our repertoire includes original compositions and standards, spontaneously arranged in a contrapuntal fashion. Kanacept has been performing in venues around New York and we are releasing our first album in June 2017.
It was 2015 when Kana Miyamoto, Sammy Weissberg, and Kieran McAuliffe came together as a band that exclusively rehearsed, working on contrapuntal improvisation for flute, bass, and guitar. Over the course of the next year, Kanacept began to evolve into something more as they incorporated everything from Baroque to modern classical music. Yet another year later they invited drummer Yousuke Nagayama to make their trio a complete quartet. With everything and everyone in place, Kanacept wrote and recorded their debut which came out in June 2017. The result, Spring Doze, is a unique hybrid of genres including dream rock and experimental jazz.
The members of Kanacept are not new to the game. Leading on the flute, Kana Miyamoto was awarded the “Up-and-Coming Artist Overseas Training System” grant by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2002 when she was in Japan. Drummer Yosuke Nagayama performed for NHK radio “Session 2016,” NHK TV “El Mundo” Sumida Jazz Festival. Then there’s guitarist Kieran McAuliffe who was selected to lead a band at the Bern Jazz Festival in 2017.
The band as a whole though has performed at a number of venues since they banded together such as ShapeShifter Lab, Bonafide, Tomi Jazz, and Nublu. The summer of 2017 was a busy one for them, during which spent many of their nights promoting their debut, Spring Doze, on various stages throughout New York City.
Whether people have seen them live or just listened to the album, they all can agree that the dreamy sensation the music captures them is what keeps them coming back for more. Spring Doze not only impressed fans but critics alike. A well-known jazz magazine in Japan called The Walker’s reviewed the record, as did Skope Magazine which said of the album, “Versatile instruments blend effortlessly and each has their own chance to shine among the diverse tracks. For such an old style of music, this trio certainly adds a modern spin to it.”
That versatility and modern spin can be found on such songs as the title track, which Kana herself says was written just as the first spring breeze came upon her. She recalls of that day after jotting down some notes, “They came out very naturally, so it didn’t take much time to write the harmonies and finish the pieces.” Then there’s “A Song For Flying Penguin,” which was written to help cheer people up on whatever new journey their life has taken them on.
The four that makeup Kanacept each bring something very intriguing to the table, but it’s the way they all fit in place with one another that makes the band feel like a whole. They plan to continue to tour the US on their own, but also are planning on hitting the jazz festival circuit in 2018 in the states and overseas.
Kanacept was one a trio made up of flutist Kana Miyamoto, guitarist Kieran McAuliffe, and bassist Sammy Weissberg. After a year working together exclusively as a rehearsal band, they started to become something more as they worked on everything from Baroque to modern classical music, and shortly after inviting drummer Yousuke Nagayama to join. With every moving part in place, they were well on their way to releasing their debut, Spring Doze, in June 2017. Each member comes with award-winning talent, talents that have allowed them to play a myriad of venues, including more than a handful throughout New York City following the release of Spring Doze in the summer of 2017. Next, they’re planning on joining the jazz festival circuits not only in the US but overseas as well.
Photos from our shows/Recordings
Japan Tour 2/12-2/19
August 27 8:15 Shape Shifter Lab Kanacept
August 20 8-11pm Kanacept at Tomi jazz
July 31 10pm Kanacept at The Glove
July 13 7:30pm Kanacept at Club Bonafiade
July 1 9pmKanacept at Flowers For All Occassions
May 27 9:3-10:30 Queens Night Market
April 1 8pm Cha Cha's in Bocca Al Lupl Cafe
October 6 6:30-7:30 pm Cafe Vivaldi
September 16 6-7pm at Silvana
August 16 6-7pm at Shrine
July 27 6-7pm at Shrine
June 16 9-10pm at Nublu
February 26 at Bottom Bell House show