Shoko Numao is a singer-songwriter (writing both words and music) who performs her own songs while playing guitar. She studied vocal music and composition, with a main focus on jazz, at Dublin City University in Ireland, returning to Japan in 2021. Numao’s musical activities have been expanding: in addition to her work as a soloist, she performs in ephemeron, her duo project with Shunpei Ito, and in the quartet Uquwa with Fumi Endo, Masataka Abe and Yoshinori Shiraishi.
Numao performed in the concert space at Ftarri, Tokyo, on August 21 and 22, 2022. On the 21st she performed voice improvisation, and on the 22nd she sang and played guitar. This CD contains eight pieces from that vocal/guitar concert. On the last two tracks Numao sings without guitar, accompanied by guest artist Fumi Endo on piano. In tracks 1-4, faint noises can be heard due to a malfunction of Ftarri’s
guitar amp. The noises are clearly audible on track 4, giving the impression that Numao is performing with an electronics player—which actually creates an interesting effect.
Filled with the inimitable charm and beauty of Shoko Numao’s artistry, these are songs that touch the emotions. The final track, “Tsuzumi” (which is over 11 minutes long), is a particularly superb performance and a worthy finale for this outstanding album.
沼尾翔子は自ら作詞作曲し、ギターを弾きながら歌うシンガーソングライター。アイルランド、ダブリンの Dublin City University に留学し、ジャズを中心としたヴォーカルと作曲を学び、2021年に帰国。ソロはもとより、伊藤シュンペイとのデュオ ephemeron や、遠藤ふみ、阿部真武、白石美徳とのカルテット Uquwa にも参加し、音楽活動を活発化させている。