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April 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm$10
Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He 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. In 2004, Hiroya completed his debut album “The Other Side of the World” with his band INTEROCEANICO. His composition “El Otro Lado del Mundo” was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004, as was “Samba de Siempre” in 2005. In 2006, his original “Seventh Night” was the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award competition. Hiroya released his second album entitled “Confluencia” in 2006 and the third album”Where the River Shines” in 2008.
Hiroya has been leading concerts with INTEROCEANICO including several appearances at Blue Note in New York, He has also performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott (The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell (Muddy Waters Band).
Hiroya’s most recent album is “Heartland” which was released in August 2012 from 333discs. In October 2012, Hiroya was featured during four days of live performances on Japan Public TV (NHK) program “El Mundo.”