Combining letters from the names of the instruments they play — piano and cajon (a South American box drum) — to create their handle, Pia-no-jaC’s stripped-down keys and percussion setup has netted the Tokyo duo a fair amount of attention.

Debuting in the fall of 2008 with “First Contact,” the act instantly found a fan base for their unique art-jazz blend. With praise and sales figures increasing, they aimed to make a bigger splash in Japan’s jazz and alternative- music scenes in 2009, issuing another album of originals and two very fun “Eat a Classic” records featuring reinterpretations of famed classical pieces by the likes of Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin. They also managed to squeeze out a DVD, “First Movies,” before the end of the year.

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