Instrument/Discipline: Koto (composer, recording artist, performer)
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Ikuta-ryū, Chikushi Katsuko So-kyoku
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? Yes
International recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama bridges eras and cultures. Her compositions for koto and western instruments blend the sounds of the ancient 7th century instrument with elements of jazz, pop, new age, and world music.
Born in Osaka Japan, Matsuyama was classically trained at the Ikuta School of Koto from age 9. She received her professional certification and teaching credential in 1986. In 1993 she moved to Los Angeles and began composing original music.
Her best selling CD, Crème Brulée, mixes the koto sound with rhythms from around the world and features Greg Vail on saxophone. Her 2011 recording, Beyond the Space, is a collaboration with Hirotaka Ogawa and was recently released exclusively in Japan with concerts in Osaka and Tokyo.
Matsuyama recorded in Japan with the Paul Winter Consort and is featured on Paul Winter's latest CD, Miho: Journey to the Mountain (Grammy Winner - Best New Age Album, 2011). She also performed with Shakira at the Latin Grammys in November 2011.
Other notable musicians with whom Ms. Matsuyama has performed include Munyungo Jackson, John York, Rei Aoo Dance Planet, Eugene Friesen, Paul McCandless, Tadashi Namba, James Gadson, Diana Dentino, Koji Nakamura, Austin Peralta, Hiroyuki Hayashida, Reed Gratz, Tom Kurai and Mike Bennett. She has performed at The Japan America Theatre, Grand Canyon National Park, Kokusai Forum Tokyo, The Miho Museum Shiga, and cultural events throughout the United States and Japan.
Recent film work includes From the Shadows, directed by Matt Antell, soundtrack composed by Stephen Gutheinz, Turning Japanese by Paul Bickel, and a music video with jazz pianist Billy Mitchell.