Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1Azs9T1 Details: Big Bridges CD Release at The Secret Society Big Bridges is the brainchild of Japanese rock guitarist Takashi O'hashi in collaboration with musicians in Portland, Oregon. Their new record ‘Will To Ascend’ features music composed by O’hashi with lead vocals and lyrics written by songwriters Casey Neill and Kathryn Claire. Bassist Allen Hunter and drummers Derek Brown and Joe Trump formed the rhythm section for the recording sessions. This January, they toured Japan debuting the new music in venues packed by Takashi’s devoted fan base. Kathryn, Casey, and Allen all lived in Japan for parts of their childhoods and have toured there with their various musical projects. The songs carry a thematic thread of international travel and relocation that echoes the cross cultural nature of the band. While visiting Portland in 2011, Takashi performed at the Raising Hope benefit for Japan Tsunami relief at Secret Society Ballroom and the idea for the project began. After the other musicians joined on and a few demos were completed, Takashi relocated to Portland in 2013 and work began in earnest. The CD was produced by Takashi and Patrick Brewer who also engineered. Jenny Conlee-Drizos of The Decemberists and Black Prairie adds piano on one song ‘The Mission’. After three years of tracking and preparation, the record is finished and ready to be heard. ‘Will to Ascend’ features nine of Takashi’s songs with lyrics written and sung by Neill, and one ‘Where We Started’ featuring lead vocals by Claire with lyrics she co-wrote with Hunter. The live show includes some of each musicians solo material as well as select covers. More touring in Japan and the US is planned for 2015. ABOUT TAKASHI O’HASHI: www.takashioohashi.net Guitarist and composer Takashi O’hashi was born and raised in Japan and started to play guitar at age of 14. He joined theatrical rock band Seikima II and released three albums on CBS/SONY to widespread success. In 1987, Takashi relocated to L.A. and formed CATS IN BOOTS releasing their debut album "Kicked And Klawed" on EMI/Captial in 1989. He has lived with music all his life, creating and playing, and released 30 albums. He's been chasing music to anywhere it leads, which is now Portland, Oregon and Big Bridges. CASEY NEILL: www.caseyneill.com Casey Neill's career walks the line between lyrical song craft and ferocious live shows. His sound moves from haunting melodies, to high octane folk-punk, to weather beaten narratives. Neill performs solo and with his band, The Norway Rats - a murderer’s row of Northwest indie musicians. Casey also often performs as a guitarist with Yep Roc Records recording artists The Minus 5 alongside members of R.E.M. The latest Norway Rats record titled 'All You Pretty Vandals' was produced by Chris Funk and received rave reviews from press and radio. KATHRYN CLAIRE: www.kathrynclairemusic.com/ Kathryn Claire is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France. Her guitar and fiddle-playing exhibit a technical grace which is matched only by her captivating voice and her rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. Kathryn has produced four solo albums as well as four seasonally themed albums with singer and traditional Irish flute player Hanz Araki. She is currently working on a new collection of songs and instrumentals, both traditional and original as well as touring with Ashleigh Flynn, Big Bridges, and her own band. ALLEN HUNTER: Allen Hunter has 20 years of professional performance experience as a bassist and songwriter. He is the touring bass player for the Eels and appeared with them on worldwide tours, national TV appearances, and live concert films. In Portland, he is a sought after sideman and session player with acts such as Kleveland, Michael Dean Damron and many more. He is fluent in Japanese and runs a business translating business documents from kanji to English. Allen Hunter plays on the upcoming Eels record Live from Royal Albert Hall.