Tokyo- and Los Angeles-based ensemble Rōnin Arkestra have dropped an EP titled First Meeting.
Recorded at Red Bull Studios, this four-track release is Rōnin Arkestra’s debut project. The ensemble, which formed two years ago, is effectively a supergroup of Japanese talents hailing from both jazz and electronic scenes. Their members are involved in many other groups such as Kyoto Jazz Sextet, WONK, Cro-Magnon, Root Soul, Sleepwalker, Sauce81 and Kyoto Jazz Massive.
In an interview with Supreme Standards, bandleader Mark de Clive-Lowe explained that the impulse to form Rōnin Arkestra came from his own desire to collaborate with Japanese musicians and “to uncover new connections and make new stories in Japan—I don’t know what to call that except something of a calling towards a spiritual homecoming to my motherland.”
“For this EP, we went into the sessions literally having no idea what we were going to do,” he said of the recording sessions for First Meeting. “As the band arrived and settled in, I was sitting at the piano sketching ideas that would be the loose framework for each track of the EP. It was pretty much one and a half days in studio and we were done.”
Supreme Standards also revealed that a Rōnin Arkestra album will arrive in September. Stream the EP below while you wait: