We had a wonderful time in Alaska, Tokyo and Osaka. New photos posted in the Photo section.
We had a wonderful time in Alaska, Tokyo and Osaka. New photos posted in the Photo section.
We’ve been invited to play a very special performance in Alaska on July 11th. Hirotaka will fly from Japan to California where Diana & I will meet up with him and we’ll all fly to Alaska. We’re really looking forward to this one!
Here’s a poster for the event:
Friday, October 18, 2013 8:00pm
James R. Armstrong Theatre
3330 Civic Center Dr.
Torrance, CA 90503
(Torrance Blvd. & Madrona Ave)
Box Office 310-781-7171
Featuring: Hiro Hayashida, (formerly with Kodo, Taiko drum master and composer from Japan) with very special guests:
Alphonso Johnson, internationally acclaimed bassist & composer
Karen Briggs, violin
Yukiko Matsuyama, koto
Diana Dentino, keys
Fredo Ortiz – percussion
and the Taiko Center of Los Angeles
Group 10+ $20
For more information and to order tickets, please visit www.Taikocenter.com
Here’s the set list from our show last night:
What is Zat?- Yukiko Matsuyama
Falling in & Out – Yukiko Matsuyama
Talk with Dolphins – Yukiko Matsuyama
Use Me – Bill Withers
New Direction – Yukiko Matsuyama
If I Were There – Yukiko Matsuyama
All I Wanna Do – Phil Collen
Closer to Me – Phil Collen
Muddy Water Blues – Paul Rogers
Iketeru – Yukiko Matsuyama
Nami – Yukiko Matsuyama
Koto Grease – Vince van Trigt
Kaze Ni Kike – Katsuhiko Yoshizaki
Kaze Matsuri – Yukiko Matsuyama
Sukiyaki – Hachidai Nakamura
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Joe Elliot, “Mutt” Lange, Rick Savage
We’ll post more info about the musicians and current projects they’re working on shortly.
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Internationally acclaimed koto artist Yukiko Matsuyama and a few special friends – legendary drummer James Gadson, sizzling saxophonist Greg Vail, Def Leppard’s rocking guitarist Phil Collen and djembe drum master Steve Biondo – will present a “World Music, Rhythm-and-Blues and A Little Funk” concert at the University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 17.
Matsuyama will augment her own band with guests Gadson on traditional drums; Vail on alto, tenor and soprano saxophone; Vince van Trigt on bass; Biondo on percussions, Diana Dentino on keyboards; Collen on electric guitar and vocals and master taiko drummer Hiro Hayashida.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at http://www.KotoYuki.eventbrite.com.
The concert will feature the diverse expertise and experience performers possessed naturally and fine tuned while playing with pioneering and famous artists on world stages, award-winning albums and popular productions.
Gadson was a teenager when he followed in his father’s footsteps and picked the drums as his instrument of choice. He began his professional career in Los Angeles with the 1960s funk group Dyke and The Blazers and later became a founding member of Charles Wright’s Watts 103rd Street Band. Entertainer Bill Cosby helped him secure a recording contract with Warner Bros.
Legends he’s played with include Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, The Temptations, Albert King, Bill Withers, The Isley Brothers, Joe Cocker, bluesman Willie Dixon’s grandson Alex Dixon, Beck, Lalo Schifrin, Blue Mitchell and Justin Timberlake.
Matsuyama blends world, jazz, new age and pop music on the koto, a 13-stringed, 7th-century Japanese instrument. A child prodigy, the Osaka, Japan native started her classical training at the Ikuta School of Koto when she was 9. She moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and began composing original works which blended world and western music.
Matsuyama is featured on Paul Winter Consort’s “Miho: Journey To The Mountain,” the 2011 Grammy winner for best new age album. She has performed at the Latin Grammys and on Shakira’s single “Antes De Las Seis” from the Latin Grammy-winning album “Sale El Sol.”
Matsuyama blends koto and world rhythms on her CD “Creme Brulee.” She has played with master pianists Reed Gratz and Billy Mitchell and drummer Michael Bennett. “Beyond The Space,” her latest project, is an international pop collaboration with Hirotaka Ogawa.
Vail plays smooth jazz, pop, rock, rhythm-and-blues, gospel and Christian music. He has recorded, performed and toured with Al Jarreau, Josh Groban, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Billy Mitchell, Diane Schuur, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind and Fire, Crystal Lewis, Michael McDonald, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Jeff Kashiwa, Ronnie Laws, Tom Scott, Keiko Matsui and Grant Geissman,
Influenced by Motown, the Rolling Stones, glam and hard rock, punk and anything with a flair, Collen became a musical icon as lead guitarist of the multple-platinum-selling rock band Def Leppard. He was only 14 when a cousin took him to see Deep Purple, a concert that prompted him to start begging for a guitar. He got it at age 16 and started emulating the flashy, aggressive styles of Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and Mick Ronson. His own creativity made him a pivotal player in Def Leppard, starting with the group’s 1982 breakthrough album “Pyromania.” He and best friend Steve Clark’s classic harmonious guitar playing became the band’s signature sound.
Hayashida was a featured player from 1985 to 1992 in Kodo, an internationally renowned taiko group. A composer, arranger, taiko director and award-winning drum designer, he has performed at the World Cup, UNESCO’s World Heritage and the Japanese Academy Awards.
Dentino has studied piano since she was 5, earned a degree in music from UCLA and performed with Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, George Duke, Oleta Adams, Sheena Easton, Jon Secada, Regina Belle, Deniece Williams, Kitaro and Chante Moore.
Biondo comes from a musical family and started playing drums when he was 10. Within two years, he was skilled enough to be accepted into the Lynwood Diplomats, a youth drum and bugle corps. The diverse sounds of jazz, blues, Cuban and classic rock music he heard in the family home influenced his musical range. He later added African rhythms to his repertoire and founded ULV’s West African Drum Ensemble.
Imani Tate, staff writer
Read more: http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_23795803/concert-at-university-la-verne-mixes-styles-instruments#ixzz2blBkyEAb
Osaka born koto musician Yukiko Matsuyama was featured during global superstar Shakira’s performance at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, November 10, 2011.
It was a special night for Matsuyama, an international koto artist, who was honored to have the opportunity to perform with Shakira and to introduce and share the national instrument of Japan with a new worldwide audience. According to the Nielsen Company over eleven million viewers tuned in to all or part of the live three-hour broadcast on the Univision Network.
For the event, Matsuyama performed with Shakira on Antes De Las Seis, her latest single from the album, Sale El Sol, for which Shakira won the Latin Grammy for Best Female Pop Album.
Shakira has won two Grammy Awards and eight Latin Grammy Awards. She is the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan, having sold over 60 million albums worldwide according to Sony Music Entertainment.
Antes De Las Seis, written by Shakira and Luis Fernando Ochoa, begins with a melody on the koto. Shakira has told many interviewers that she has grown fond of listening to oriental music, which influenced many of her earlier works.
For the performance, Matsuyama wore a gorgeous pale blue kimono designed by Sueko Oshimoto.
Matsuyama, who now calls Southern California home, recently returned from Tokyo & Osaka where she performed several concerts to celebrate the Japanese release of her fifth CD, Beyond the Space. The U.S. release date is scheduled for January 2012.
Although the show with Shakira marked the first time Matsuyama has performed with a Latin Pop Star, she’s no stranger to unique, non-traditional settings for her instrument. Matsuyama’s compositions span the realm of genres from pop to smooth jazz with elements of world beat and funk. Last year she recorded with the Paul Winter Consort on their Grammy Winning New Age album, Miho: Journey to the Mountain. She’s also recorded with jazz pianist Billy Mitchell, John York (Byrds) and is currently working on an R&B project.
Upcoming performances include an Alaskan tour with her international pop band, and shows in New Mexico, Atlanta, and New York. In between, Matsuyama stays busy with sessions and film work.
I’m very excited to have been asked to play koto with Shakira at the Latin Grammy Awards this coming Thursday! It’s such an honor to play with this amazing artist and humanitarian. It’s also a great opportunity to share the koto with her fans from around the world. I’ll be joining her on Antes de las Seis, the new single from Shakira’s Sale El Sol album.
UPDATE: It was an amazing experience!!! Here’s the video… Latin Grammy Awards Performance
Beyond the Space, the new CD from Yukiko Matsuyama & Hirotaka Ogawa!
We each wrote new compositions for the project and Hirotaka did a great job with the arrangements. Early reviews are calling it new, fresh & exciting!
*****Listen by clicking this link*****
YUKIKO MATSUYAMA – Koto
HIROTAKA OGAWA – Guitar, Pianos, Vocals, Background Vocals, Programming
IDEYA OKU – Drums & Percussion
NAOYA IZUMI - Bass
DIANA DENTINO: Piano (track 5)
ETSUJIRO GOTO & YASUYO HIRAYAMA - Background Vocals (track 5)
Recorded in Tokyo & Los Angeles
Hirotaka Ogawa 織川ヒロタカ and I have collaborated on a new CD, Beyond the Space.
Click for information about Tokyo show: http://ikebukuro.keizai.biz/headline/311/