An interview with Taka Shimojima

March 10, 2016 | An interview with Taka Shimojima, Tenor Vocalist
A question-and-answer

Vancouver, BC—Presenting a conversation with Taka Shimojima, who is a tenor vocalist with musica intima.

Name: Taka Shimojima
Age: 22
Vocal category: Tenor
Year you joined musica intima: 2015

1. How did you begin singing?
I began singing by listening to Christmas hits on an old stereo system. Eventually, I grew fond of the musical phrases and the lush sonorities that each unique voice has to offer. 

2. Which artist are you listening to right now?
My current artist of choice is Pentatonix: a five-member, American a cappella group. A few months ago, I was listening to Snarky Puppy: a New York-based instrumental fusion band.

3. What’s something you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy deep thinking in my spare time, as well as learning about scientific or technological breakthroughs. Sleep is also quite nice.

4. When did Vancouver become home?
Vancouver always has been and always will remain my home. I was born in the city and have grown quite fond of what this beautiful city offers. 

5. Tell us about your family.
My father moved here from his hometown Nagano, Japan, in his early-twenties. He worked as a young apprentice sushi chef. My mother is from Taiwan. She moved here when she was 14-years-old. My parents met at Ebi-Su Japanese Restaurant, where they were both working. Now, they’ve opened a sushi restaurant of their own. 

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be – and why?
I have always admired the possibility of relaxing on the beach, with a choice of drink in hand with my significant other. However, over the past few years, I have become interested in several destinations in northern Europe, including Iceland, Denmark, and Switzerland. The reason is that I’ve learned that I am someone who easily connects with nature or natural processes. Simply simulating a future where I am in one of the aforementioned destinations enjoying the scenic views those destinations have to offer gives me a feeling of anticipation – that I want to fulfill one day.

On a more realistic note, with global change occurring, one can imagine a future in which these popular destinations may no longer offers such jaw-dropping views. 

7. If you could have dinner with any well-known figure (past or present), who would it be and why?
This is quite a tough question for me to answer as there are several candidates that I would love to have dinner with: Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Marvin Minsky, Mahatma Gandhi…

I would likely choose Albert Einstein as my dinner date simply because his relatively recent discoveries revolutionized science in his time. An interesting and unfortunate note about Einstein is that while he wrote a note to his nurse symbolizing his "last words," however, he uttered his last actual words in German to a non-German speaking nurse – so we will never know the last words of one of the greatest minds in recorded human history. 

8. Tell us something about you that will surprise us.
I absolutely LOVE Sri Lankan cuisine. Although I am part Japanese, and I do love Japanese curry, I must say that Sri Lanka's special cuisine calls for a specific blend of spices that causes it to excel over all other curries. If you haven't tried Sri Lankan curries before, you must when you get the chance!


About musica intima
Nominated for three JUNO awards, the Vancouver-based conductorless vocal ensemble has released eight commercial recordings. musica intima’s album clear (1999) was named one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever by CBC. The ensemble’s album into light (2010) received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine. The ensemble's latest release is its first-ever collaboration album: Thirst (2015).

Allison Murray
Communications Manager | musica intima