Ryu Kawamura

Ryu Kawamura


Ryu began his career as a bassist while still attending high school. In 2004, he was both the first
Japanese, and youngest player, to ever win the Grand Prize in the Jazz Division of the
International Double Bass Festival held in Hawaii.

Ryu has earned international acclaim, having worked & performed with a venerable who's-who
in the jazz world. This includes performing with Duško Gojković (a leading European quartet),
touring & recording with Joe LaBarbera (the last drummer of the Bill Evans Trio), duo public
performances with Mike Starn, Bill Mays, John di Martino, and also participating in the Blue
Note All Stars Jazz Orchestra.

Not being confined to Jazz, Ryu has shared his talents across the musical spectrum. This
includes supporting artists such as Zutomayo, Junko Iwao, Shoko Nakagawa, and Saori Yuki.
On the production side, he has worked extensively with composer Kohei Tanaka. This includes
work as bandleader and accompanist for Kohei’s various anime and video game scores (in
studio, and on stage). As a composer and arranger, he also teamed up with Kohei to produce
music for the anime "Onihei".

For his work on NHK drama "Yakeni Ben no Tatsu Bengoshi ga Gakko de Hoeru" (starring
Ryunosuke Kamiki), Ryu won both much praise, as well as the The Galaxy Award’s monthly

Ryu has also worked on Square Enix’s Jazz series, the NieR:Automata Arranged & Unreleased
Tracks, as well as composing for a wide variety of adverts, games, anime, and dramas.