Yukiko Matsuyama - Master Koto Artist
International recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama bridges eras and cultures. From performing with Shakira at the Latin Grammy Awards, recording with Paul Winter on his Grammy Award Winning album, 'Miho: Journey to the Mountain' (Best New Age Album), to performing with Motown Legend James Gadson, Yukiko shares the sound of the Japanese koto with diverse audiences worldwide.
Her compositions for koto and western instruments delve into a joyous and celebrative blend of world and pop music. She delivers the sounds of the ancient 7th century instrument with authority and grace while managing to infuse elements of jazz, pop, new age, and world music into her mesmerizing compositions.
Born in Osaka Japan Matsuyama was classically trained at the Ikuta School of Koto from age 9. She received her professional certification and teaching credential in 1986.
In 1993 Matsuyama moved to Los Angeles and began composing original music, blending the traditional sound of the koto with western music.
Her best selling CD, Crème Brulée, is a delicious feast which blends the Japanese flavors of the Koto with rhythms from around the world and features Greg Vail's soulful saxophone.
She recorded in Japan with the Paul Winter Consort and is featured on Paul Winter's CD; Miho Journey to the Mountain (Grammy Winner Best New Age Album, 2011).
Matsuyama performed at the Latin Grammys in November 2011. For the event, she performed with Shakira on Antes De Las Seis, the latest single from her album, Sale El Sol, for which Shakira won the Latin Grammy for Best Female Pop Album.
Her latest project, Beyond the Space, is an International Pop collaboration with Hirotaka Ogawa and his Tokyo based band. CD Release Concerts were held in Osaka, Tokyo, North Hollywood & Santa Ana.
Other notable musicians with whom Ms. Matsuyama has performed and/or recorded with include Alphonso Johnson, Munyungo Jackson, John York, Rei Aoo Dance Planet, Eugene Friesen, Lenny Castro, Paul McCandless, Tadashi Namba, James Gadson, Kenny Endo, Shuichi Hidano, Diana Dentino, Koji Nakamura, Austin Peralta, Hiroyuki Hayashida, Reed Gratz, Tom Kurai and Mike Bennett.
Venues include The Japan America Theatre, The John Anson Ford Theatre, Grand Canyon National Park, LACMA, Kokusai Forum Tokyo, San Diego Museum of Art, Huntington Library, The Bowers Museum, St John Cathedral NY, Gwinnett Center Atlanta, The Miho Museum Shiga and cultural events throughout the United States and Japan.
Recent film work includes Freeway City with Brian O'Neal, From the Shadows, directed by Matt Antell, soundtrack composed by Steven Gutheinz, Turning Japanese by Paul Bickel, and a music video with jazz pianist Billy Mitchell.
A 13-string zither or harp, the Koto is Japan's national instrument.
Keyboards ~ Diana Dentino
A native Californian, Diana began studying piano at age five. She later earned a degree in music from UCLA. Although trained in the classics, she has always loved all forms of pop music. She has performed live and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, George Duke, Oleta Adams, Sheena Easton, John Secada, Jody Watley, Regina Belle, Deniece Williams, Jennifer Paige, Chante Moore, Kilauea, Jon Anderson and Kitaro. Diana also served as music director and lead keyboardist for the critically acclaimed "Cirque Ingenieux", a Broadway style production combining mind-boggling acrobatics and international circus artistry with an original score composed by Kitaro. She is currently lead keyboardist for two-time Grammy Award winning vocalist Peabo Bryson as well as Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Kitaro.
Guitar ~ Hirotaka Ogawa
Guitarist Vocalist Composer Arranger Producer
Instructor: Vocal & Guitar - Tokyo School of Music, Shibuya
Highway Driver - Hirotaka Ogawa - 1992 Time Warner Japan
Someday - Hirotaka Ogawa 1992 Time Warner Japan
You Love Me - 1992 Time Warner Japan
Coyote Cafe Hirotaka Ogawa 1993 Time Warner Japan
Yakusoku Hirotaka Ogawa - 1999 Pony Canyon
Stay Gold Hirotaka Ogawa - 1999 Pony Canyon
On The Turn/Stay Gold - 2000 Pony Canyon (album recorded in New York with Producer Jeff Bova, Michael Thompson, Neil Stubenhaus, John Robinson)
Stay Gold - Theme Song - 1999
Commercials / Jingles Japan
Kizakura Shuzo (Saki/Shoju)
JR Higashinihon (Train)
Surugadai Yobikou (Education)
Yamanouchi Seiyaku (Pharmaceutical)
Otsuka Seiyaku "Pokari Sweat" (Sport Drink)
Film / Theater
Oyabun Ha Yes Sama - 2000
Long Lost Friend 2010
Performed throughout Japan in the 80's as guitarist for folk group "Kami Husen"
Performed throughout Japan with his original band in the 90's.
Yukiko Matsuyama Japan 2011, 2012, 2013
United States 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013
Opening ~ Emma Hill
Emma Hill grew up in Alaska, coming from the small village of Sleetmute and later moving into Palmer for high school. In 2006 Hill decided to move to Portland, a thriving music scene, to continue her education and pursue her musical aspirations.
Seven busy years, four widely well-reviewed albums, and thousands of tour miles later, she is going strong, bringing remarkably intimate lyrics to life with her honeyed voice and confident delivery. Critics have described her sound as ranging from folksy Americana to catchy alt-country.
Hill moved back to Alaska in the fall of 2011, combining performing for her fan base in the state with travel south for regional and national tours. She stays busy year round performing solo both in Alaska and the states. Emma plays various venues but her signature performance experience is the house concert. The intimate setting of a house show lends itself perfectly to her style and will continue to be a staple of her tours this year as they promote "Denali", the newest addition to an impressive body of work.
Wendy Williamson Auditorium (View)
2533 Providence Drive on the UAA Campus
Anchorage, AK 99508
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