Yuming Things 2
Mar Creation, a full-service creative agency, record distribution and management company, is proud to announce "Yuming Things 2", a concert honoring the music of world-renown, multi-platinum Japanese artist, Yumi Matsutoya ("Yuming"), at The Triad (158 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023). Fittingly, the will take place on July 7, 2011, the same night as Tanabata, a well-known Japanese festival. "Yuming Things 2" will put a fresh spin on Yuming's pop songs offering jazz renditions by well-known Japanese jazz artists at two different times 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cover is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, with a two-drink minimum.
"Yuming Things 2" stems from the success of a similar concert, "Yuming Things", which took place in March of last year, and will feature four jazz artists who will cover a total of 16 of Yuming's songs (eight per show). With more than 30 records produced and 42 million copies sold, Yuming has been a one of the most influential pop artists in Japan since the 1970s. Japanese singer, Mamiko Taira, will produce and provide the vocals for "Yuming Things 2" and will be accompanied by an all-Japanese band - Senri Oe (piano), Yutaka Uchida (drums) and Yoshi Waki (bass).
Taira is an internationally-awarded jazz vocalist (grand prize at the Asakusa Jazz Festival Competition, invited participant at the Manly Jazz Festival in 1994 and 1996, finalist at the Third Annual Jazzconnect Jazz Vocal Competition) who toured with the James McBride Group and has been a fixture on the New York City jazz scene. Besides being a pianist, Oe is a well-known lyricist, composer, arranger, actor and television host in Japan. He just finished up his spring tour with Morning Musuko, a 17-piece big band specializing in Japanese popular music, and continues to play in prominent New York City jazz venues.
Uchida is a drummer/percussionist and composer who has toured internationally with various groups, while maintaining his own Yutaka Uchida Quartet. He has been awarded multiple grants from the Council on Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) for his original works, and continues to play at some of New York's most exclusive venues. Waki began his award-winning musical career at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he was presented with the Outstanding Performer Award. After graduation, he went on tour with the National Tour Company of Fosse, a Tony-Awarded musical show. He has performed with many notable musicians, and provided bass on "After Hours", Album of the Year at the 23rd Japan Gold Disc Award, as well as "Catch that Train!", Best Musical Album for Children at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
158 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023