BIG BRIDGES is the brainchild of Japanese rock guitarist Takashi O'hashi in collaboration with musicians in Portland, Oregon. Their new record ‘Will To Ascend’ features music composed by O’hashi with lead vocals and lyrics written by songwriters Casey Neill and Kathryn Claire. Bassist Allen Hunter and drummers Derek Brown and Joe Trump formed the rhythm section for the recording sessions. This January, they toured Japan debuting the new music in venues packed by Takashi’s devoted fan base. Kathryn, Casey, and Allen all lived in Japan for parts of their childhoods and have toured there with their various musical projects. The songs carry a thematic thread of international travel and relocation that echoes the cross cultural nature of the band.
While visiting Portland in 2011, Takashi performed at A Concert to Benefit Mercy Corps in Japan at The Secret Society and the idea for the project began. After the other musicians joined on and a few demos were completed, Takashi relocated to Portland in 2013 and work began in earnest. The CD was produced by Takashi and Patrick Brewer who also engineered. Jenny ConleeDrizos of The Decemberists and Black Prairie adds piano on one song ‘The Mission’. After three years of tracking and preparation, the record is finished and ready to be heard. ‘Will to Ascend’ features nine of Takashi’s songs with lyrics written and sung by Neill, and one ‘Where We Started’ featuring lead vocals by Claire with lyrics she cowrote with Hunter. The live show includes some of each musicians solo material as well as select covers. More touring in Japan and the US is planned for 2015.
Seattle songwriter JIM PAGE www.seattlejimpage.netJim Page was named by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as “One Of The 50 Most Influential Musicians In Seattle History.” He recorded 21 albums over the course of a 40-plus year career and written a mountain of songs. Originally a California native Page has called Seattle and the Pacific Northwest “home” since 1971. His songs have been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Michael Hedges, and Roy Bailey. He has toured in 13 countries including the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, most of northern Europe, and Taiwan. Bonnie Raitt says, “I’m a longtime admirer.” The late Utah Phillips said it best: “If you’re ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from.”