Makoto Rikitake (Dr)
Born in 1973 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Makoto Rikitake plays the Wa-daiko, Japanese percussions (for the traditional Matsuri festival) from childhood and starts the drums at 15 years old. After high school, he studies at the Conservatory of Music and obtains the jazz diploma. Influenced by Pr. Motohiko Hino, considered a legend of the drums, he enrolls in art performance studies for five years. When his teacher is under medical treatment, Rikitake is appointed substitute, which becomes his official debut. After several sessions with Terumasa Hino (Tp), Club Toko, Isao Suzuki (B), Tetsuro Kawashima (Ts), Mitsuaki Kishi (Pf), he continues to explore various styles.
He then played in Africa and Central Asia, collaborating with Hank Jones (Pf), Ron Carter (b), Chris Potter (Ts), Bob Rockwell (Ts), Hakan Rydin (p), Nicolas Simion (Ts). He currently plays with several jazz bands, and leads his two bands: “Blue Dot”, inspired by universal space and nature, and “Makoto Rikitake Quartet”, with which he creates playful melodies.
Tamashi Goto (Pf)
Born in Yokohama, Tamashi Goto begins classical piano at the age of 10. He then continues his professional activities with renowned pianists such as Fumio Itabashi and Manabu Ooishi. His registers are varied; he mainly plays jazz, but also other genres, such as pop and Latin music.
He is a member of “Blue Dot” and “KVQ” – Kaori Vibes Quartet. He collaborates with Shunosuke Ishikawa, Karen Aoki, Nakashimarin, and Mami-Tamashi. He is a soloist, but also accompanies other artists on certain occasions.
As a pianist of “Fadkat”, he composed official works for Tokyo Sky Tree, and television advertising for Nissan Cima. His solo recording “Tamashii (soul)” is available on iTunes.