PROFILE

神奈川県川崎市出身。
16歳でコントラバスを手にする。
その演奏の幅の広さ、そしてユーモラスな世界観とガット弦による多彩な音色は特筆すべきである。作曲にも力を入れており、色・景色・匂いを感じさせる作風が特徴である。
現在はコントラバスソロや自己のユニット、セッションを主宰するほか、多岐に渡るサポートを行う。また邦楽演奏家・美術家・ダンス・俳優・講談・人形遣いとの共演など、音楽以外の分野や演劇性のある分野との関わりも深めている。
ISB(国際ベーシスト協会)会員。著書に、「ジャズ・ベース・ラインの作り方 」(中央アート出版)。
2015年、自身のユニットアルバム「倍音の森」をリリース。2019年5月、コントラバスソロアルバム「Self Portrait」をリリース。


Masao Tajima

Contrabassist/Composer
In search for his own unique world of sound,
Masao Tajima actively collaborates with artists from various styles.
The breadth of his music, his humorous outlook, and his diversity in tone produced by pure gut strings are all characteristics that make Tajima a truly unique artist. Composition is a strong focus for Tajima, and his pieces evoke colors, scenery, and even a sense of smell. As well as his solo performances and ensembles and sessions that he leads, he also currently performs as a sideman for many projects. His collaborations include projects and performances with traditional Japanese musicians, visual artists, and dancers as well as working with actors, storytellers, and puppeteers, being involved in works with more dramatic and storytelling aspects.Tajima is a member of the ISB (International Society of Bassists) and has published a book on bass lines “How to Make Jazz Bass Lines” (Chuo Art Publishing). In 2015 he released his first release “Bai-on no Mori” (“Overtone Forest”),
of which the release tour was a huge success.