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Casiopea 3rd

Casiopea 3rd

Casiopea (Kashiopea), Japanese transcription of the name of the constellation Cassiopeia, was formed in 1976. Their genre is a brand of Japanese jazz fusion. Led by founder/guitarist Issei Noro, the group debuted with the self-titled album Casiopea in 1979. The album featured Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker and David Sanborn. To date, Casiopea released more than 35 albums in Japan and the United States.

Casiopea's popular tracks include Asayake, Galactic Funk and Eyes of the Mind

According to Issei Noro, guitarist/founder/band leader, the re-introduction of the band in 2012 as Casiopea 3rd: ” ‘3rd’ means that we’ve made formation-change for three times. So this is the third formation of Casiopea”



Issei Noro (1976–2006, 2012–Present)

Issei Noro / guitarist, is the founder and band leader since 1976. He composed the majority of Casiopea’s songs. The hits include ‘Asayake’, ‘Looking Up’, ‘Tokimeki’ ‘Fight Man’. In 2001, Issei Noro created a sensation in Japan with a solo album ‘Under The Sky’ performing on tracks with fretless guitar.


Yoshihiro Naruse (1990–2006, 2012–Present)

As a bass player, he established a solo career before joining Casiopea in 1990. Known to his fans as “Narucho”. One of his first solo albums was called "Bass Bawl". Besides touring and performing, Narucho is a visiting professor at Tokyo College of Music. Apart from Casiopea 3rd, he features regularly with various bands i.e. ‘Beast Kingdom’, ‘Entrans’, ‘Choparebo’


Kiyomi Otaka (2012–Present)

Kiyomi Otaka / Keyboards & synthesizers, is the newest, and only female member of Casiopea 3rd. She had an established solo career since 1998 before joining the group. Kiyomi started music at 6 years old. Her instrument then was the electone organ. Among the many world renowned musicians that featured on her music projects are Dave Weckl and Gary Willis.


Akira Jimbo (Supporting Member, 1980–1989, 2012–Present)

The most well-known and respected Japanese drummer/musician in the world.” His prodigious technique and brotherly nature makes him a player whose renown is truly international.

Since his professional debut as a member of the group CASIOPEA in 1980, he has been leading the music scene as a top drummer for over a quarter of a century. Making full use of his MIDI Drum Trigger System, his unique playing style is what can be called a one-man orchestra. He continues to overwhelm his listeners with his performance, which covers a field never trodden by man, combining his astonishing playing technique with modern technology. This has earned him great respect both domestically and internationally. He received the #2 award in the UK drum magazine “RHYTHM”’s Reader’s Poll for Most Popular Drummer. In 2000, America’s “MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE” - the most influential drum magazine in the world, chose Jimbo to be on the cover, and they dedicated a feature article of over ten pages to him. He was not only the first Japanese drummer, but also the first Asian drummer to receive this honor. In 2003, the “RHYTHM & DRUM MAGAZINE”celebrated its 20th anniversary by conducting a first reader’s poll, where Jimbo won first place. In 2007, he was featured in Newsweek Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most respected Japanese.

Presently, he finds himself involved in a number of various projects and also keeps himself busy touring around the world, giving seminars and performances of his one-man orchestra style show.





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04 April 2017


Funk, Fusion