Harmonic Hatchery Productions
Harmonic Hatchery Productions is constantly developing
a variety of concert, entertainment and educational programs based on
jazz, traditional Japanese music and combinations of the two. Some of
our current features are briefly described in the following list.
Solo Jazz Piano by Ron Hadley --- Ron is
a veteran solo and ensemble player who studied with Jaki Byard at the
New England Conservatory of Music and attended Berklee College of Music.
His improvisations and solo renditions of jazz standards and original
material are a sheer delight in concert settings, tastefully contribute to the success of special occasions, events
and conventions and provide a sophisticated background atmosphere to restaurants, lounges and nightclubs.
. ("Hadley is a masterful
improvisor with a profound understanding of jazz's history and in-the-moment
essence. If you get a chance to hear him play live, don't miss the opportunity."...
Joseph Blake, The Times Colonist [Victoria, B.C.] )
Jazz Duos,Trios, Quartets and Larger Ensembles
Directed by Ron Hadley --- Several permutations accommodate a wide
range of purposes, occasions and budgets. Harmonic Hatchery Productions
is fortunate to be working with extremely talented and creative
musicians in both North America and Japan. We enjoy passing this
good fortune on to our clients.
Whenever your plans would be enhanced by
jazz--as a concert feature for listening, as an enjoyable
vehicle for dancing or as a tasteful background for your festivities--please
do not hesitate to contact
The Harmonic Hatchery Band ---
This is an ensemble that began by specializing in what it intended to be jazz for children but quickly found that its dynamic, good-time music actually appeals to "children" from the age of two to one hundred and two. The band's CD of entirely original material, "Leave It All to the Music"is an intriguing blend of jazz, funk and quirky humour.
in Japan and North America have included jazz improvisation and rhythm as well as intercultural music
workshops in elementary, middle and secondary schools, concerts in children's festivals
and amusement parks and performance events in which dancers, mimes and characters from Oriental and Western folklore appear on stage to
join in the action..
One of the Harmonic Hatchery Band's intercultural
programs that has received an enthusiastic response is a recording project that
utilizes digital overdubbing techniques to facilitate song-writing
collaboration between school children in Japan and North
The Sagami Traditional Music Duo (Toshiya Mizukawa-shakuhachi and Nahoko Ouhata -koto) --
This duo is made up of members of the prestigious, Tokyo-based Japanese
music organization, Pro Musica Nipponica. The instruments played are
koto and shakuhachi. Although its repertoire does consist of a variety
of traditional solo and duo pieces, the duo also performs works by
contemporary composers such as Minoru Miki. Both members of the duo
have been officially recognized by the Japanese government as Hougaku
(traditional Japanese music) educators, and their participation in
Harmonic Hatchery Productions' "Hougaku in the Schools" program
has brought rewarding and memorable experiences to students and teachers
throughout North America.
The Eloquent Fish Ensemble --
This unique ensemble came into being in Tokyo in the spring of 1990
when shakuhachi virtuoso Toshiya Mizukawa and jazz pianist Ron Hadley
organized the group to perform Mr. Hadley's compositions and to continue
intercultural projects on which they had been collaborating since
the summer of 1989. The ensemble is an amalgamation of the Sagami
Traditional Music Duo (koto and shakuhachi) and the Ron Hadley Quintet
(piano, bass, drums, saxophones and voice). In addition to presenting
original compositions and arrangements of traditional pieces, ensemble
members perform authentic Hougaku as well as material drawn from the
standard jazz repertoire. Workshops and lecture/demonstrations dealing
with the two fields of Japanese music and jazz (as well as how these
fields might be combined) are an important part of the group's schedule.
The ensemble's CD, "Jazz Meets Hougaku", offers an exquisite, intercultural fusion of these two musical worlds.
Saiho Kotengu -- Based in Nagasaki Prefecture,
this remarkable taiko and Kagura ensemble plays not only pieces from the traditional
repertoire but also original compositions by its members. In addition,
costumed folk dancing and singing are integral components of performances.
The ensemble is directed by Kazuo Ebisuya, who is dedicated to incorporating new ideas
and approaches into the traditional structures and has collaborated
with pianist Ron Hadley on several projects involving the combination
of jazz and taiko music.