rufus lin

Rufus Lin is a Canadian artist who lives in Vancouver. He is active in Vancouver and Tokyo, switching between the roles of jazz singer, painter, digital artist, and author.

As a jazz singer, he performs in Tokyo with the “Rufus Lin Jazz Trio”. He has released several albums, which are available from the iTunes store. He also owns the Rufus Lin Gallery in Vancouver, which specializes in Japanese contemporary art, in addition to producing his own acrylic paintings and digital art.

As an author, Rufus Lin acknowledges the work of Nobel prizewinner Kawabata Yasunari and Richard Brautigan as major influences. His English novel “Trout Rising Again” was published a few years ago, and the present bilingual English-Japanese short story collection is his latest literary endeavor.

Rufus Lin’s main focus these days is on his artistic activities, drawing from his experiences as businessman, academic, newspaper journalist, television interviewer, software developer, and patent translator.

our Labels

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Pop music with Japanese lyrics. The concept is unique: Non-Japanese artists producing J-POP music, with an electro pop feel. Welcome to our newly imagined music genre–the New JPOP. As pioneers in this new genre, we know how hard it is to speak the Japanese language fluently, let alone break...


New takes on jazz standards, as well as original material, from artists active in Tokyo, Japan Have you ever noticed that some singers, after a distinguished career, will indulge themselves by releasing an album of jazz standards. Linda Ronstadt did it. So did Rod Stewart and Sting and Willie...


Electro-pop in English by Japan-based artists. Get away! Get away from that dotted white line in the middle of the road! Our songs have an edge to them, brought about by the marriage of electronica tracks with contemporary pop styling, and they feature new Japanese artists singing in English,...


Distinctly Odd Records is an eccentric classical music recording label established by Canadian composer Rufus Lin.The aim is to record and distribute fresh interpretations of a wide range of classical music by Japanese and Korean musicians still relatively unknown in the English speaking world.The artists are...


Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) and Post-Club Chill. Beat Red Records is a new independent label, producing intelligent dance music and post-club chill out tracks. This is music you can dance to, or just listen to as you work out, run or sit quietly in a chair, reading. Based in...