UTADA HIKARU “Forevermore” Produced by STORIES has been Released

UTADA HIKARU “Forevermore” Produced by STORIES has been Released


View the music video here.

[Director’s Profile]
Jamie-James Medina 【Forever Pictures】

Jamie-James Medina is a photographer, filmmaker and record label founder, living and working in The Bronx, New York and London, England. He is signed to London based Forever Pictures as a director. He grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where his father worked as an expert in tropical medicine.

As a photographer, in 2010, Medina presented his American Music Legends project, a special collection of images of the last surviving greats of rock’ n ‘roll, blues, jazz and country, it includes portraits of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Etta James and Pinetop Perkins.

This was followed by the first issue of The Tourist, a limited edition newsprint publication focusing on music and travel edited by Jamie, featuring candid photographs of The xx, taken by Medina during their 2010 world tour.

Jamie also shoots frequently for the UK’s Observer: in 2011 he travelled to India with Lady Gaga, where he shot an intimate series of portraits of the singer, followed more recently by photos intimately covering the US election trails of Bernie Saunders and Hillary Clinton.

In 2011, Medina directed the music video for Jamie xx & Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’ll Take Care Of U” followed by a music video for King Krule’s “The Noose of Jah City”. Most recently Jamie directed Sampha’s video ‘The Piano’ featuring Adwoa Aboah.

Medina is a boxing fan and supporter of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. In 2008, a short-story he wrote detailing his personal experiences with photography and the supernatural world was turned into a feature film titled Shutter, starring Joshua Jackson as the lead character. He is credited as Executive Producer on Cerebral Ballzy’s self-titled debut album after discovering Honor Titus, the group’s frontman, in a New York pizza parlor in 2009.

In 2012, Medina launched Hot Charity, a Bronx-based independent record label distributed by XL Recordings, who have released music by Willis Earl Beal and Ratking.

Reference Video: Sampha「(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano」

[Choreographer’s Profile]
Fukiko Takase 【Company Wayne McGregor】

Born in New York, raised and trained in Japan by Takako Takase and Katsuko Orita. Fukiko has been dancing since the age of two, the nature of being a daughter of two dancers, growing up in studios and theatres.

When she was 14 years old, she began to choreograph her own solo to enter the competition in Japan and starts developing her own identity in language of dance, within few years she won most of the dance competition in modern category in Japan. She received three-year of Cultural Affairs Fellowship from the Japanese government to study at the Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy and London Contemporary Dance School.

2006-2010 Fukiko performed as a leading dancer in Henri Oguike Dance Company ‘FRONT LINE’ ‘Second Signal’, ‘White Space’, ‘Little Red’, ‘Green in Blue’ ‘Touching all’, ‘Butterfly Dreaming’ which toured throughout the UK and internationally. Fukiko was an assistant choreographer to Oguike in “Tread Softly”, a commission for Rambert Dance Company, and “Da Gamba” for Ballet Black. She has also worked with Darshan Singh Bhuller, Hubert Essakow, and Russell Maliphant.

Fukiko joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2011 to current and performed in “FAR”, “UNDANCE”, “Tree of Codes”, “Atomos”, “Rain room”, “Future Self”, “Outlier” and “Entity” touring the UK and internationally including Opera Garnier, Paris and Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.

In 2013, Fukiko has performed with Thom Yorke in the music video “Ingenue”, featured in dance film for AnOther Magazine, County of Milan, Channel 4, Brits Award 2015 and 2016, BBC Late Night Proms 2015, winter champaign for Uniqlo 2015. Fukiko has worked with film makers, photographers and designers including Bertil Nilsson, Jessica Bugg, Tim Keeling, Ruth Hogben and Gareth Pugh.

She taught company classes at Company Wayne McGregor, including leading creative contemporary dance workshops in technique and creative methods in Russia Bolshoi school of Ballet, London Contemporary School, University of North Carolina School of Arts, San Francesco Ballet School, as well as community participation projects in, Switzerland, Japan, Holland, Senegal, Denmark and Amarica. Fukiko has restaged Wayne McGregor’s “Entity” to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Alongside being a dancer at Company Wayne McGregor, Fukiko continues to build her repertoire and develop her choreographic career. Her choreographic credits include ‘Landing’ 2009, a full-length work commissioned by Theatre X(Cai), Tokyo, ‘Autumn Hunch’ 2010, commissioned by New National Theatre, Tokyo, ‘Cultivate a Quiet Joy’

2013 premiered in Kings Place London, following year at Nippori Sunny Hall, Tokyo, selected for Draft works in 2015 at Royal Opera House. Fukiko collaborated with Kensaku Satou (traditional Japanese Taiko drummer) “Measuring the Heavens” premier in 2016, Yokohama Kenmin Hall, Yokohama.

2016 premiered ‘End of Line’ at DRAF David Robert Art Fundation as a part of Frieze Art Fare collaborated with Goshka Macuga, Mira Calix and Mbulelo Ndabeni, followed by number of performances at Lowry gallery, Manchester.

Label: EPIC Records Japan

Produced by STORIES®