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Motohiko Hamase

Intaglio (Studio Mule)


RELEASED; 10th August 2018
Vinyl LP

Currently the rediscovery of long forgotten japanese electronic, jazz and new age music is at a peak like never before, but although many re-issues already flood the record stores around the world: the large, diverse musical culture of japan has still got some gems in store.

When 66-years old artist Motohiko Hamase started to be a professional musician in the 1970’s, he quickly gained success as a versed studio instrumentalist and started to be part of the great modern jazz Isao Suzuki Sextett, where he played with legends like pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto or fusion guitar one-off-a-kind Kazumi Watanabe.

In the 1980’s hamase began to slowly drift away from jazz and drowned himself and his musical vision into new-age, ambient and experimental electronic spheres, in which he incorporated his funky meditative way of playing the bass above airy sounds and arrangements.Motohiko Hamase  

 His first solo album “intaglio” was not only a milestone of japanese new-age ambient, it was also fresh sonic journey in jazz that does not sound like jazz at all. Now Studio Mule now release the re-recording of his gem from 1986, that opens new doors of perception.


1/a1 circlet
2/a2 rain calls for bird
3/a3 lung
4/a4 symptom
5/b1 elan vital
6/b2 aborigine
7/b3 intaglio