KOMAZAWA 4 CHOME GUITAR AND LANGUAGE SCHOOL

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Mamoru KATAGIRI

Mamoru started to play folk guitar at the age of 11. After graduating from high school in Kyoto, he learned jazz guitar for 5 years with Yamaguchi Takeshi. Mamoru then played mainly jazz trios, giving concerts in the Kansai area. After staying some time in NYC in 1990, he traveled to various countries in Europe while playing the guitar in the streets, for more than a year. Back in Japan, he started playing music for theatre groups (Taihen, Osaka, Maou Dance, Kyoto etc...) and in performance group (Phylloxera Performance Group) where theatre and dance broadened his view of playing music and jazz, but also composing and arranging...
In 1999 he moved to Brussels, Belgium, where he lived until the Summer of 2010 and studied jazz guitar: arrangement, composition & playing, at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles. He got his Master Degree and decided to come back to Japan, because his wife and him both love Japan. He can also play bass and shamisen and speak French and English.

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