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Living Room Concert: Hiroya Tsukamoto & Adam Gardino w/ Kelly Champlin

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HPPR Studios - Garden City

210 N. 7th Street

Garden City, Kansas 67846

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High Plains Public Radio presents a DOUBLE CONCERT for guitar lovers across the High Plains: Hiroya Tsukamoto and Adam Gardino, with special guest Kelly Champlin.

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Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott (The Crusaders), Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell (Muddy Waters Band), and his masterful compositions have been finalists for the USA Songwriting Competition in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Hiroya began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award. In 2004, Hiroya completed a debut album titled The Other Side of the World with his band INTEROCEANICO. In 2006, Hiroya released his second album Confluencia; his third album, Where the River Shines, came out in 2008. Hiroya's most recent album, Heartland, was released in 2012.

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Since 2005, Adam Gardino has been a Pike’s Peak-area legend for his singular fingerstyle guitar picking and songwriting. This 2012 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion was among one of the youngest winners in the competition’s history, having earned his title at age 23. As he’s developed, his style continues to combine the smoothness of James Taylor and the energy of Brad Paisley to deliver exciting, jaw-dropping performances. His attention to the intricacies of acoustic guitar arrangements, delivered with a voice as clear as his mountain roots continues to wow audiences today.

Fans love the friendly, easy-going demeanor Adam has on and off the stage, as well as his masterful collaboration with fiddler/guitarist, Kelly Champlin. Quick to break down the “invisible barrier” between performer and audience, goofy-but-true stories and jokes often accompany the high-flying stunts attempted on the fretboard. As one critic would write, "He could play the phonebook and make it interesting".

Although Adam possesses great arranging abilities for tunes like “Peter Gunn”, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, “On Broadway” and “Pink Panther”, some of the most requested tunes are his hilarious original songs. “Dentist Chair Blues” covers an untimely tooth appointment; “Filthy Rich” talks of the lengths one might go to marry for money, and “Procrastinate” personifies that “evil” voice everyone hears inside their head on most frosty mornings. These tunes are included on his multiple CD releases.

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