Mar Creation Hosted the “2011 Nippon Song Holiday Concert”

Independent record label, Mar Creation, Inc. hosted the “2011 Nippon Song Holiday Concert” tonight at the Victor Borge Hall at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (between East 37th and 38th Streets), New York, featuring four prominent Japanese musicians/groups, spanning the genres of jazz to tango.

The dynamic concert lineup included four award-winning musicians and groups. The four New York-based groups of musicians are: Yumi Kurosawa (Japanese koto), Go-Zee-Lah (experimental), m2duo (tango), and Mamiko Taira and Toru Dodo (jazz). Each of the four artists played a couple traditional/popular Japanese songs, as well as some of their original music.

Yumi Kurosawa is an award-winning koto player and composer of traditional and contemporary music, whose unique style incorporates computer sound into her original music. She has toured internationally in Japan, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia and the United States, and has also appeared in many well-known venues such as Apollo Sound Stage, Joe’s Pub, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Go-Zee-Lah is the partnership between Kyoko Kitamura on voice and Yayoi Ikawa on piano. They have used their vast musical expertise to compose their original works of music, using Japanese folk songs as compositional and improvisational inspiration. Go-Zee-Lah was featured at New York City’s legendary Vision Festival in 2010. M2duo consists of two Julliard graduates, Machiko Ozawa (violin) and Makia Matsumura (piano), who are known for their unique take on tango – ranging from their passionate interpretations of Astor Piazzolla’s music, sometimes even mixing tap dancing with violin – to reinventing Japanese pop songs as tango. Ozawa is a much sought-after tango violinist; Matsumura is one of the youngest pianists to regularly contribute improvised scores to classic silent films.

Mamiko Taira (vocal) and Toru Dodo’s (piano) setlist consists of everything from American pop songs, to jazz standard, to Japanese folk songs. Taira is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning Japanese jazz singer. Dodo is a Tokyo-born world-renown pianist who has performed in venues all over the world and has released four solo albums to date.

Mar Creation, Inc., established in 2003, is a full-service, one-stop resource for all creative needs – video/music production, graphic/web design, event planning/booking, PR, artist management. It is home to an independent record label featuring a diverse lineup of talented international artists, spanning the genres of jazz, rock, pop, world music and electronica. In recent years, Mar Creation has been involved with and supports various charitable events/activities, including AIDS awareness, Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief fund and projects focused on international peace-making. For more information, please visit: www.marcreation.com.

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