Music in Japanese is written in two words, sound and enjoyment.
Counterpoint, dissonance, odd time signatures, when all these things accumulate and coalesce in interesting and harmonious ways, it is like hearing or seeing an idyllic perception of Humanity.
Like a curving line that streams up in to the sky, like a flock of birds or a school of fish, the directions and shapes change in seemingly random yet creating patterns that dance and seduce consciousness.
Every beat, melody, is a unique metaphor to each individual. The variety of peoples, cultures, religions, thoughts, hobbies, races, these differences molten together, the differences are the elements needed in creating harmony. The same sound on top of the same sound doesn't form harmonies. Harmony is created by differences. Depending on the desires and sentiments that go into sound, the music changes, the power of the individual's metaphor and imagination can take the listener to profound distances.
Each person's impression, are all unique and completely limitless
Are Euphoria is deeply influenced by a branch of "Fusion" that is more about creating a world rather than focusing on performance or technical dexterity. Musicians like Yasuaki Shimizu, Motohiko Hamase, Mono Fontana, Joe Zawinul, Steve Shehan, and many others that were able to create musical environments were a huge inspiration.
Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong, asked Co La (Matthew Papich) to co-produce the Album. Co La's intriguing way of placing sound and building compositions are in their opinion leading a new type of expression in music. His surreal and conceptual approach was something that the two wanted to combine with "Are Euphoria".
released June 16, 2017
All music written and performed by Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa
Recorded and Mixed by Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa
Co-Producer: Co La (Matthew A. Papich)
Mastered by Masaki Tada (7e.p. recordings)
Art and Concept by Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa
Photographed by Hiromi Shinada
Text Layout: Yuko Shoji