Uri Nakayama

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Uri Nakayama
中山 うり
Birth name (Nakayama Uri)中山 うり
Also known as Uri
Born (1981-01-09) January 9, 1981 (age 36)
Origin Saitama, Japan
Genres Pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, hairdresser
Instruments Vocal, accordion, trumpet, guitar
Years active 2004–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment International
Website http://www.worldapart.co.jp/uri/ (in Japanese)

Uri Nakayama (中山 うり, Nakayama Uri, born January 9, 1981) is a female singer-songwriter and hairdresser in Japan.

Musical characteristics[edit]

Nakayama, in addition to singing, plays the accordion, trumpet, and guitar. When performing live, she is usually accompanied by four supporting members playing guitar, bass, drums and percussion. Additional support members playing trumpet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and violin join the band during live tours and rock festivals.[1][2]

Nakayama's music is a blend of world accordion music, Gypsy Jazz, Musette, and Tango. She sings with a low, warm, smooth and soft voice. Her CDs are categorized as J-pop in CD shops, and as jazz by iTunes in Japan.

Most of Nakayama's lyrics are in Japanese; a few songs are instrumental or feature scat singing. Her lyrics frequently evoke nostalgic scenes, festivals, harbor towns, and sunsets as lyrical motifs. She sings some cover versions of Japanese folk music, which are thought to have influenced her original works.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2008: "Yuyakezora ni Matenrou" (夕焼け空に摩天楼, Skyscraper in Sunset) - Did not chart.[3]
  • 2009: "Wonderful" (ワンダフル, Wandafuru) - Did not chart.[4]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2006: Uri Nakayama-EP (EP, iTunes release only)
  • 2006: Moons, Stars, and Dreams (Live album, iTunes release only)
  • 2007: DoReMiFa - peaked at #137.[5]
  • 2007: Etranger (エトランゼ, Etoranze) - peaked at #196.[6]
  • 2008: Natsu-Matsuri Azayaka ni (夏祭り鮮やかに) (extended play) - peaked at #279.[7]
  • 2008: Que Sera (ケセラ, Ke Sera) - peaked at #137.[8]
  • 2010: 7 Colors (セブンカラーズ, Seben Karāzu) (Cover album)
  • 2011: Viva - released Feb 16 2011

Concert DVDs[edit]

  • 2009: LE TOUR DE QUESERA 2008[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FUJIROCK EXPRESS '08 LIVE REPORT
  2. ^ FUJIROCK EXPRESS '08 LIVE PHOTO
  3. ^ "Yuyakezora ni Matenrou Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Wonderful Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  5. ^ "DoReMiFa Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  6. ^ "Etranger Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Natsu-Matsuri Azayaka ni Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Que Sera Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  9. ^ "LE TOUR DE QUESERA 2008 Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 

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