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Friday, October 27, 7 p.m.

Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside

951-686-6515 - UUChurchriverside@gmail.com

3525 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside

Tickets: $18.00 presale - $22.00 at the Door

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"Hiroya has pioneered a sub-genre of world music that mirrors the multicultural make up of the ensemble" -The Asahi

"A Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey" -Boston Herald

"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended." -Jazz Review.com

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, who melds influences from diverse genres. His music has been described as “Cinematic Guitar Poetry.” His show is a mixture of guitar songs, vocal songs (Japanese folk music and originals), and poetry with audience participation.

Japanese-born Hiroya Tsukamoto began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. He couldn’t find a banjo teacher in his hometown in Japan, so he learned from the only bluegrass record he had, Foggy Mountain Banjo, by Earl Scruggs. The album proved to be a challenge, “but I just loved the music very much.” He was introduced to the guitar about a year later, “but I still played banjo because no one [else had one], and I liked that fact.”

In college in Japan, Hiroya majored in Spanish, and was introduced to Nueva Cancion. He was in a group that played South American folk music. He described the music as simple, but also deep. “I am not sure that music directly appears in my current work, as I play the mixture of everything I like, but recently some of my audience from Chile asked me, after the concert, if I like Chilean music.”

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and came to the United States. When he graduated he was focused on jazz, so moved to New York where he played with many talented, international musicians.

He formed his own group in Boston, "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)," which consisted of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World," "Confluencia," and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.

Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including Blue Note in New York City. He performed, recorded and shared stages with Esperanza Spalding, The Kennedys, Joe Jencks (Brother Sun), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brooks Williams, and Jim Kweskin.

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