Gsus4 Presents: Ghibli and J-Pop Jazz, LIVE!
Nana Koizumi（Trumpeter, Singer) - Nana Koizumi, based in Nara Prefecture, Japan, is a trumpeter, vocalist, composer, educator, graphic designer, and the appointed tourism ambassador of Nara, Kashihara City. At the forefront of jazz trumpeter/vocalists in Japan, Nana Koizumi’s innate ability to deliver breathtaking performances in any musical genre continues to uplift her audiences with her beautiful tone and captivating voice. In November of 2022, she finished 1st Runner-Up in the annual Okazaki Jazz Vocal Contest. From November 2022, she moved to Australia where she continues to perform and share cultural exchanges with local musicians. On an International Jazz Day 2023 event, she performed at Butchers Brew Bar and Lazybones Lounge, some of Sydney’s most famous venues and welcomed a full house on both days. In addition, she was featured in an interview by SBS Japanese, the national multilingual, multicultural news organization in Australia,Melbourne. She has currently relocated from Sydney to Melbourne where she continues to perform pursue her musical career.
Julian ‘Zorsy’ Sanchez is a music composer, producer and performer specialising in digital fusion and ambitious jazz arrangements. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Julian’s passion for music and gaming began at an early age through his initial reluctance to practice his instruments in favour of completing the latest Nintendo games. This has foreshadowed Julian’s today where he has successfully fused both of his worlds together, having worked on musical arrangements for Nintendo Switch titles such as Boomerang Fu, Vitamin Connection and the animated Steven Universe: The Movie.
A classically trained pianist, Julian spent equal amounts of his teen years embarking on journeys within Japanese role-playing games, thus exposing him to the sights and sounds of these worlds. Through these synergies began his interest in performing and composing music for the video game medium as part of his own adventure. Procuring his own musical stats in the video game music world eventually began with exploring classical music, and the spontaneity of jazz thanks to his high school upbringing. This would eventuate to the co-founding of video game band ‘The Consouls’; a band that to this day are pushing the art forms of video games and jazz.