Yu Ooka & Yvette Nii Duo
Yu Ooka ...
Born in Osaka, Japan.
After studying at Koyo Consevatory in Kobe, Yu decided to move to Los Angeles to persue his career and experience different culture.
Yu started playing at many LA local live clubs where he was introduced to legendary Jazz pianist, Billy Mitchell and has been playing in the Billy Mitchell Group over 10 years.
Being exposed to many experienced artists has opened his heart to realize there is a natural groove within each groove and each player, there is communication amongst the musicians and the music.
In 2007, Yu became a lead guitarist of A.P.B. and has won the Best Performance prize at Hori Production Audition in the United States.
Yu is a leader of Contemporary style of Japanese Folk Music group, Minyo Station.
They feature Japanese traditional songs with different eastern arrangement.(Rock, R&B, Jazz, & Latin etc).
This Unique Fusion group became popular in Southern California area and started performing many renowned venues such as LACMA and Ford Amphitheatre etc.
Yu is also known as Shamisen player, who has been surving for traditional Japanese music and culture.(shamisen is a 3 string Japanese banjo.)
His teacher, Sato Matsutoyo is known as the best Japanese folk singer and shamisen player in Japan and her performance credits are in many movies including Karate Kid 2.
Yus appearance was Blue Note in Osaka, Sedona Jazz on the Rock, the Music Center of Los Angeles, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art(LACMA), many more...
Besides performances, he attends many recording sessions.
(ABC TV drama songs, Yama Moto Yama commercial songs, French movieMadama Butterfly, etc)
Billy Mitchell, Barbara Morrison, Patrice Rushen, Michael Paulo, Janice Johnson(A Taste of Honey), Freeda Payne, Munyungo Jackson, Dr.Bobby Rodriguez, Eric Marienthal, Garret Morris, Brenda Lee Eagermany more
Yvette Nii ...
Hailing from Hawaii, the astounding beauty Yvette Nii grew up singing and always knew at a young age performing was her calling. From early talent shows to a FOX reality competition, she has an energy that is far beyond her years.
In 2002, she broke into music by becoming the youngest performer ever to sing at the prestigious Sheraton Waikiki. Immediately following that event she toured internationally to Japan as part of the 4th of July USO tour for 2,000 troops headed to Afghanistan. The next year, she had the honor of singing the national anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, which turned into an open invitation for her return to LA to sing anytime for the team.
2005 saw Yvette joining the original cast production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in Honolulu as well as Little Shop of Horrors. Yvette was nominated for a Hawaii Music Award in 2006 for her original composition, "Through Someone Elses Eyes." By invitation in early 2007, Yvette hosted the west coast tour for Highlights Hawaii, a syndicated talk show that showcases Hawaii born talent such as ESPNs Larry Biel and IGTs Joe Kaminkow (inventor of the first Las Vegas video slot machine). Later that year, she starred in FOXs The Search For The Next Elvira where she placed top 10. Immediately following that was Hawaii Stars, the states televised version of American Idol. After 13 seasons, the show crowned Yvette their grand champion and provided an all expense first class accommodated trip to Philadelphia for the official American Idol auditions.
Upon returning home, Yvette was crowned Miss O'ahu and took the Photogenic as well as Talent Awards for the competition. Awarded over $13,000 in cash, grants and scholarships, she was then slotted to run for Miss Hawaii (where she placed top ten). This event is the precursor that ultimately leads to the Ms. USA pageant.
With Yvettes passion for songwriting, her musical talents were recognized by the Grammy nominated, internationally renowned band, Hiroshima who asked her to tour and record with the group. While completing her West Coast dates, she recorded two of the bands classics, Roomful of Mirrors and Dada for their album Legacy.
In late 2008, Yvette auditioned for Tony N Tina's Wedding that opened in Maui. With no inclinations of the shows history, she pushed through and nailed the audition. Two weeks later she was offered the lead role of Tina and soon afterward offered the opportunity to join the cast in a full scale mounted Las Vegas production.
With theater, pageantry, and nationally televised talent show competitions under her belt, she further solidified her music aspirations by walking the red carpet as a Best Pop Instrumental Jazz nominee for the 2010 Grammy Awards. She's an unstoppable force whose just release her first EP, Simplicity in early 2016, and continues to tour and perform with Hiroshima.
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