It's been 8 years.

February 2013, I moved to Munich, Germany after having lived in the States for 10 years. It was sort of a wild decision; I had no plan or whatsoever, just wanted to move to Munich to achieve my goal in my musical career. I didn't do any research, and I didn't even know anyone living in Munich, but I still came.

 

It took a while to get into the scene, but everything was fresh to me and I was just really happy to be in Europe. Then I became friends with some wonderful people, whom I call "lifetime friends". Little by little, Munich became my favorite place to be, to live, and to play music. I've loved everything about Munich, and still will.

Now, I haven't been able to be back in Munich for almost a year due to this situation, which I don't even need to explain. I've kept my apartment and kept paying my rent for the time being, hoping I could come back to Munich in the near future.

 

Meanwhile, I've established my own label here in Japan and released my second album from the label. I've also been trying to develop the music scene in Tokyo to be more prominent. I feel that this is probably my new goal that I would like to achieve for the next 10 years or so.

 

Long story short, I have decided to let go of my apartment. Meaning, I'm relocating myself, moving back to Japan for the first time since I left Japan 20 years ago. I must say, it's not because of the pandemic (well it was a "good" reason to really start thinking about it), I've had this thought for the past few years actually; there is something I would like to do in my home country. But, this doesn't mean that I will not come back to Munich ever again. I still have my instruments and other stuff there, so small parts of me will be still in Munich. And, there are still some ongoing projects there too. So, I will definitely come back to play, meet friends, and of course drink some tasty beer .

 

It's been such a great journey, and now, another one starts. I have to thank everyone for giving me all the great memories, but I will probably never thank enough. But here it goes, THANK YOU, everyone!!

 

I will miss you all and miss Munich so much. Looking forward to the bright future, and looking forward to seeing y'all once again, wherever you are or wherever I am.

All the best, and with lots of love,

Shinya, February 8, 2021

 

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8年前の2月、僕は無謀にも音楽人生に置ける一つの目標を掲げ、ミュンヘンへと移住しました。何の計画も立てず、誰も知らない街で一から始め、結果的にはその目的を達成しECMからデビューすることもできました。たくさんの友達にも出会い、親友と呼べる仲間たちもでき、僕はミュンヘンという街全体が好きになりました。

 

そして約一年前、コロナの第一波が来るギリギリ前に帰国し、それから今日までミュンヘンへと戻ることができていません。アパートを維持するため、家賃もずっと払ってきました。

 

その間に、水面下で動いていたレーベルを立ち上げ、そこからセカンドアルバムをリリースしたり。また、東京の音楽シーンのこれからについてもよく考えるようになり、今後10年の目標はその中にあるのでは、と行き着きました。

 

17歳から海外に住み、もう20年。僕はミュンヘンのアパートを手放す決意を固めました。20年ぶりの本帰国、そして人生で初めて活動拠点を日本に移します。ただ、これはコロナが原因では無く(ある種のきっかけとはなりましたが)、元々今年から拠点を日本に移そうという思いは数年前から密かにありました。20年間の生活の中で芽生えた日本人としての自覚に向き合い、日本でやりたいことがやっと見つかった。いや、日本でしかできないことをやりたい。とは言え、まだまだ楽器も含め僕の荷物はミュンヘンにありますし、継続中のプロジェクトもあります。

なので、コロナが落ち着けばちょくちょくドイツに行って演奏もしツアーもするつもりです。もちろん友人と会い、美味しいビールも。

 

これまで、本当に恵まれた人生で、感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。長い長い海外生活でした。苦しくも楽しく、辛くも喜びと幸せに満ちた、そんな20年間でした。本当に本当に、ありがとう!

 

ここからまた新たな物語が始まります。どんな人生になるか、ワクワクでしかありません。この先の出逢いを楽しみにしております!

2021年2月8日

 

福盛進也

 

追伸:当面の間は、ドイツに荷物を整理しに行くこともないと思うので、日本で演奏を続けていきます。

Nov 24, 2020

New​ Label & Second Album!!

Finally, I can announce!

My own label “nagalu” has now started and my second album “Another Story” will be released from there!

 

Order and listen ​here

June 23, 2019

Amedia Cymbals

Very happy to announce that Shinya is now endorsing Amedia Cymbals from Istanbul, Turkey.

The quality of their cymbals is truely amazing, and you can hear the history and the future of Turkish cymbals through them.

The way they blend into music is just pure and phenomenal.

More videos and pictures of Shinya's cymbals will be posted soon...

【Current Setup】‬
‪23” Stingray Traditional‬
‪22” Stingray Edge‬
‪21” Old School EFX‬
‪14” Vintage Hihat Top‬
‪14” Jazz Legend Hihat Bottom‬

since 2019

ゆっくり、だけど、確実に

ユニバーサル ミュージックが運営するジャズのWEBサービス「BLUE NOTE CLUB」にて、連載「ゆっくり、だけど、確実に。 〜福盛進也 音楽半生記〜」がスタートしました。生まれてから現在に到るまでのお話を楽しんでいただければと思います。​(隔週更新)

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May 3, 2018

jazzahead! 2018

Watch and listen to Shinya Fukumori Trio's beautiful performance at jazzahead! 2018!

watch here

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June 23, 2019

land & quiet CD Release

Debut album by Goro Ito's land & quiet is now released from Verve/Universal Records.

Order and listen here

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February 16, 2018

For 2 Akis

- Shinya Fukumori Trio

My debut album "For 2 Akis" is out today!!

So happy to announce that my debut album is released from the legendary record label, ECM Records!

Read more about the album here

Order and listen here

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