Something subtle, beautiful, and elegant is coming to Rose Center’s Prater Hall this April, and you won’t want to miss it.
The musical stylings of Hiroya Tsukamoto are delicate, precise, and offer the audience a rare glimpse of the intersection between discipline, mastery, and natural talent. A classical guitarist, Tsukamoto’s music is both lovely and accessible to a wide audience.
An accomplished composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter, Tsukamoto was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. He began playing banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berkley College of Music and came to the United States. He formed a group “INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)” which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. Over the course of his career, Tsukamoto has released six albums and has been leading concerts internationally, including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City and on Japanese National Television (NHK). In 2018, Tsukamoto won 2nd place in International Finger Style Guitar Championship.
Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist and composer who fuses folk, jazz, and world music. According to Céline Keating of Minor 7th / Acoustic Guitar Magazine, “Tsukamoto’s playing shows a strong preference for elaborating on the possibilities of the individual note rather than on flashy technique; … Taking the listener to uncommon sonic landscapes…”.
Additionally, Trevor Lewis of the Rochester City News described Tsukamoto’s performance this way, “In terms of musicianship, Tsukamoto’s guitar work was just ridiculous. Right from the beginning of his first song, it was obvious that the folks in Bernunzio’s were in for a treat. His brand of finger style guitar is so intricate, and so blazingly fast at the same time, I kept imagining how many clones I would need to make of myself to accurately replicate his sound. One song that drove that point home was his set opener, “From Coast to Coast,” a song that had some of the fastest harmonic runs I’ve heard”.
Tsukamoto has the unique capability of engaging an audience thru a personable and genuine approach that transfixes them right from the start of his show. Audience members will be mesmerized as he manages to play with an effortless skill on the guitar, producing a repertoire that will have you traveling the world, not to mention experiencing new sounds with his own compositions.
Music at the Rose presents Hiroya Tsukamoto’s in concert on April 26th, at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $12 in advance through April 20th. From April 21st until April 26th (at the door), tickets will be $15. Guests are permitted to bring snacks and adult beverages. Reservations recommended. To reserve seats, call 423-581-4330—all reservations must be paid in advance.
The 2019 Music at the Rose Concert Series is generously sponsored by Commercial Bank. All music programs are supported in part by an Arts Fund grant through the East Tennessee Foundation. For more information, visit www.rosecenter.org