Kickstand Productions Presents

Shintaro Sakamoto, Sessa


Oct 18 Fri
Shintaro Sakamoto, Sessa8:00 PM
2011 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL
Age Limit: 17+
Tickets $25.00

Shintaro Sakamoto

Shintaro Sakamoto is a Japanese music composer, producer, writer and singer based
in Tokyo. He began his career in 1989 as a member of the rock band “Yura Yura
Teikoku”, where he played guitar and sang. YYT released 10 albums over the course of
21 years, disbanding in 2010. After 20+ years with psych legends Yura Yura Teikoku,
in 2011, Sakamoto launched a solo career and started his own record label,
“zelone records.” He released his debut solo album “How To Live With A Phantom”
to critical acclaim in Japan in 2011, and Other Music Recording & Co. licensed the
album for US/EU/UK release in 2012. In 2014, Sakamoto released a split 7-inch single
with Mayer Hawthorne for Record Store Day, and then released his 2nd solo album
“Let’s Dance Raw.” Once again, Other Music Recording & Co. licensed the album
for US/EU/UK release (and it reached #2 on Billboard’s “World Chart” in October, 2014).
Sakamoto’s 3rd solo album “Love If Possible” was released in Japan in 2016. The 7
inch/digital single “Disco Is” was released November 18th in US/EU/UK, and “Love If
Possible” was released digitally worldwide on January 20, 2017. Mesh-Key Records
NYC issued an LP of “Love If Possible” for US/EU/UK in September 2017 and a split 7
inch single with Devendra Banhart was also released in Germany. 
Shintaro Sakamoto gave his first solo live performance at the WEEK END. FES in
Cologne Germany. In 2018, Sakamoto had went to live peformance in China (tour),
Netherlands (Le Guess Who? Fes), London and Mexico (Tropico Fes.).


Grandeza is the brilliant debut album of Brazil-born artist Sessa. A long-time fixture of both the American and Brazilian music scenes, known for collaborating with NY guitar legend Yonatan Gat, and his co-founding of São Paulo psych-funk combo Garotas Suecas, Sessa now shares his own musical vision of “super sick modern Brazilian vibes ... touching on cosmic jazz, psych, and tropicália,” as put by music-connoisseurs at Light in the Attic.
His songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sexual lyrics in the vain of Caetano Veloso and melodic flourishes not unlike those of Tom Jobim. However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more reminiscent of the bareness of Leonard Cohen.
Sessa's concerts are already stuff of legend in Brazil, as he takes the stage accompanied solely by female backing choir and Afro-Brazilian percussion. While the songs often deal with subjects such as the sensual body and spiritual transcendence, the music points to new, more subtle directions for World pop music in 2019 – a deep, minimalist, almost insinuated use of the endlessly rich textures and rhythms that define the songwriting history of Brazil, which Sessa now joins as one of the most promising new voices.

“ A beautiful and highly recommended record.” - Aquarium Drunkard

"Brazilian Folk Bliss" - Afropop

"On this intoxicating LP, the hushed classic sound of Tropicália gets a gentle dusting of psychedelia" - Bandcamp

"Super sick modern Brazilian vibes in line with the best of Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and Arthur Verocai while touching on cosmic jazz, psych, and tropicália. A gorgeous, captivating record through and through." - Light in the Attic