Tokyo born Keiko Matsui devotes her life to her
favorite instrument, the piano. Since her fifth birthday she loves and
performs this piece of equipment. Classified as New Age or Smooth Jazz
musician, she always expands her work to other genres. Blending
Eastern and Western influences she has found her own style presented
in numerous solo albums.
Her newest album The Road ... was released
on Shanachie Entertainment in January, 2011.“Keiko Matsui is beyond
category,” states Danny Weiss, VP of Jazz A&R for Shanachie
Entertainment. “She is a great jazz player, of course, but her music
has such strong classical, world and new age influences that the
result is truly unique. But it is in her compositions that Keiko’s
genius outshines all others – her amazing melodies are simply
Keiko's spiritual approach to her music reflects in
Secret Pond. "This song is about where we all begin our journey
in this life." A simple phrase expands to a lyrical melody, a
unpretentious bulb is flourishing into full blossom.
Falcon's Wing starts in full flow featuring
Cameroonian bassist, composer, and vocalist Richard Bona, who
decorates the song with an impressive bass line and his impeccable
vocals. On Nguea Wonja Keiko renews the connection to the
African contemporary jazz scene she already intensified on Moyo.
Keiko composed the African flavored song together with Richard Bona,
who is a guarantor for authenticity and heritage.
Bohemian Concerto is inspired by an Eastern
European tour Keiko absolved in October 2010. Although the tour went
Ukraine, Russia, and Azerbaijan the music borrows from Balkanized
elements and Frank Marocco (accordion) and Alberto de Almar (flamenco
guitar) infiltrate some Gypsy savor. Embrace & Surrender is a
melodious and heartfelt New Age instrumental. While Keiko paints the
melody line in powerful strokes on piano, James Hara adds some folky
finger picks on his guitar.
The contemplative Awakening is featuring saxophonist Kirk
Whalum. Keiko is offering her music as a prayer sharing Kirk's
attitude about music and spirituality. Touching Peace is the
perfect title for Keiko's piano mastery written by Richard Bona.
Affecting with soft piano keys. Affirmation is the second
collaboration between Keiko and Kirk Whalum. An attentive listener
will remark that Keiko's interpretation is influenced by Bob James'
piano style. Both have often performed together on the 4 Hand tour.
Final piece The Road… presents Jackiem Joyner, who is often internationally
touring with Keiko. Jackiem's unprecedented expressiveness on sax
superbly competes with Keiko's piano wizardry.
Keiko Matsui's new work of genius
The Road ...
is a musical symbolization of her personality exploiting a number of
facets. Less spectacular glamour but a huge portion of vibrant