Keiko Matsui - The 2014 Tour
The biggest musical sensation to rock the piano and keyboard music scene in the last
fifty years is back, playing three exclusive engagements across the eastern United States that will be the must-see performances
of the year. Hailing from Japan, Keiko Matsui is one of the paramount piano performance artists of a generation. From the
most crowded concert halls to the ritziest clubs and lounges, Keiko's mastery over the piano is a musical event that is not
to be missed.
Keiko Matsui will be playing three exclusive shows across the eastern US, including Ohio, Virginia, and
New York. First, don't miss her in Akron's famed venue The Tangier, located in the heart of Akron's market street putting
you square in the middle of all the action. Next, Keiko will be displaying her talents at Alexandria's premier venue the Birchmere
Music Hall, giving a spicy new flair to the colonial vibes of beautiful Virginia. Finally, Keiko will be burning down the
house at none other than the iconic B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, in none other than New York City. Don't see Keiko heading
to a venue near you? Keep up to date on all of her special performances and appearances right here on StubHub, your number
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About Keiko Matsui
Hailing from the cultural capital of east Asia, Keiko
Matsui spent her formative years in Tokyo, Japan where she was a diligent student of music, having been enrolled as a piano
student from the young and impressionable age of five years old. Her lessons would continue for fourteen more years in Japan,
where she mastered all walks of piano playing from the classics to fusion jazz. Building off the musical talent of greats
such as Stevie Wonder and Chick Corea, it wasn't long until Keiko became an accomplished piano in her own right and began
to set her own path in the music world.
Keiko studied at simultaneously at Japan Women's University as well as the Yamaha
Music Foundation, eventually being chosen for an opportunity of a lifetime to form a fusion classic/jazz group that would
be the beginning of her professional musical career. Within two years she would outgrow the group and head to America, where
she met future husband and producer Kazu Matsui. After the release of her first full length, she would get swooped up by MCA
Records and has been making musical history ever since.
Matsui made consistent waves in the Jazz music scene, releasing
a flurry of hit albums that attained critical and commercial success. She would be honored with a coveted Oasis award, recognizing
her accomplishments as Best Female Smooth Jazz Artist for two consecutive years, 1999 and 2000. Her albums would continue
to top charts across the spectrum, from jazz boards to indie, and she would bump shoulders with both Japanese Prime Minister
Koizumi and US President Bush in 2002.
Her musical style has been described as dynamic and spiritual, an interesting
combination of her Eastern roots and Western teaching. Her song titles and inspirations stem from a deeply Buddhist worldview,
with frequent references to natural objects, from animals to the moon. Her influences are wide and varied, as is demonstrated
with her occasional dabbling into genres such as funk and world beat.
Keiko's debut album,
A Drop of Water, would be her huge break into the mainstream and remains one of the most fundamental pieces of Matsui's discography.
The album dropped in 1987 but has seen several rereleases, which has included alternate artwork as well as bonus tracks. The
album received widespread critical acclaim, and is seen as an influential piece of the mid 80s Jazz movement. Specific accolades
were given to Keiko for her harmonious blending of Eastern sensibilities with New Age influences, producing the two unforgettable
hits "Ancient Wind" and "Mediterranean Sea".
Another quintessential piece of the Keiko discography is Sapphire, her
most influential album of the 90s that lived up to all expectations. The album hit the #2 position on the Billboard, with
her single "Dream Walk" also hitting the #3 position.
Dozens of albums and twenty five years later, Keiko is still releasing
hit albums with her most recent release, Soul Quest, being an exciting blend of her earliest smooth jazz works with sharp
accents of experimentation into world music and new age.
Keiko has spent a considerable amount
of her time and energy supporting breast cancer related charities, including the Breast Cancer Organization. She has released
albums specifically for the cause and has also played at various benefit concerts. She has also worked with the Marrow Foundation
and the United Nations World Food Programme, both donating proceeds and dedicating albums for these organizations.
The Keiko Matsui Concert Experience
Get ready to experience the most powerful woman in Jazz fusion music today.
The Keiko Matsui concert experience is unlike any other, delivering a powerful blend of raw energy, finely tuned musical talent,
and a passion for performing for a show that is as unique as it is powerful. With nearly three decades of performing experience,
Keiko's mastery and precision over the piano has only increased, and her unique flame for performing has not dimmed one bit.
Don't miss your opportunity to see a living fusion Jazz legend live and in the flesh - get your tickets today!