Archive for September 22, 2012

Pianist Keiko Matsui is an icon of contemporary jazz. With over 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. alone and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, she is one of the most recognized artists in the genre. Her elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz grooves have enormous appeal and never disappoint her loyal fan base, which she has cultivated with over 20 albums and hundreds of stunning live shows.

Counting artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, Maurice Jarre, and Chick Corea among her influences, Matsui released her first album, A Drop of Water, in the US in 1987. Her albums Sapphire (1995), Dream Walk (1996), and Deep Blue (2001) all broke into the Top 10 on Billboard’s weekly Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and she was named Billboard’s No. 3 Top Contemporary Jazz Artist for 1997. Her releases after the turn of the millennium, including The Ring (2002) and Wildflower (2004), revealed a broadening of her stylistic scope as they dabbled in world and classical music.

In addition to being a world-renowned musician, Matsui is also an active humanitarian, supporting the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, the National Marrow Foundation, the United Nations World Food Programme, and efforts to provide relief to Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami. After a brief hiatus from recording at the end of the last decade, she released her latest album, The Road, early in 2011.

Tour Schedule

sep 23 los angeles, ca BRavo awards
sep 28 ponte vedra, fl ponte vedra concert hall
sep 29 charlotte, nc halton theater cpcc
sep 30 new york city, ny bb king blues club
oct 2 alexandria, va birchmere
oct 3 annapolis, md rams head tavern
oct 4 birmingham, al jazz in the park
oct 5 atlanta, ga ferst center
oct 6 woodlands, tx dosey doe
oct 7 austin, tx one world theatre
oct 11 ft lauderdale, fl broward center
oct 12 orlando, fl the plaza theatre
oct 13 largo, fl largo cultural center
oct 14 melbourne, fl HENEGAR CENTER
nov 4 vladivostok russia fesko hall
nov 5 yuzhno-sakhalinsk russia chehov centre
nov 6 khabarovsk russia muscomedy theater
nov 7 petropavlovsk-kamchatsky russia DRAMA theater
nov 9 murmansk, russia philharmony
nov 11 uzgorod ukraine philharmonic hall
nov 12 chernivtsi ukraine kobylyanska music theater
nov 13 rivne ukraine music and drama theater
nov 14 zhytomir ukraine kogerga music theater
nov 16 cherkassy ukraine palace of culture
nov 18 sevastopol ukraine ukranian center of culture and information