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Keiko Matsui

Fusion/new age keyboard player Keiko Matsui grew up in Tokyo and took her first piano lesson at the age of five. Influenced by Stevie Wonder and Rachmaninov as well as early fusion masters Maurice Jarre and Chick Corea, Matsui began composing while in junior high but studied children's culture at the Japan Women's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku). She moved to the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo after graduation and formed Cosmos, recording four albums with the new age group. Her first album as a leader, 1987's A Drop of Water, was released in the U.S. two years after the fact on Passport. The LP also featured her touring partner and husband, shakuhachi player Kazu Matsui, and was financed with their honeymoon money. A contract with MCA that year resulted in two albums, No Borders and Under Northern Lights. Matsui moved to the White Cat label in 1992 and began charting in the contemporary jazz charts. Her 1995 album Sapphire hit number one on the charts, and its follow-up also reached the Top Ten the following year. Whisper from the Mirror followed in 2000; Deep Blue appeared the next year. The Ring from 2002 recalled the composer's classical background, while 2004's Wildflower flirted with world music. Walls of Akendora appeared in 2005 with a smooth jazz flavor and updated version of Matsui's early hit, "Mountain Shakedown." Moyo, an album that placed Matsui's piano in an orchestral setting, followed in 2007 on the Shout! Factory imprint. After a world tour and numerous festival appearances, Matsui took some time off, eventually returning with The Road... in 2011 on Shanachie. She produced most of the disc herself -- and received help on some cuts from Richard Bona, Craig Burbridge, and Joe Chicarelli. The nine-tune set showcases Matsui's playing in a variety of settings from trio to octet. Some of her musical guests include Bona, Kirk Whalum, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Jackiem Joyner. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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One of my favorite artists of all genres of all times. Gentle sands makes me tear up almost every time. Prism is sensationall y brilliant and chilling at the bone at the same time. It might seem like an odd comparison, but I think she is comparable in her playing style to Elton John, also in my top artists of all time... in how she uses beat as a different dimension to the song.
My wife and I saw Keiko perform at our favorite club, My Place, in Santa Monica CA, in 1987, shortly after she left her homeland in Japan to record in Los Angeles. It was her first gig in the U.S.. She was barely out of her teens. We knew from the start she was destined to make it big. She's been touring the world over since then. Last year her 29th album was released. She still looks almost as young as she did then and I think even more beautiful. She is a very rare jewel.
Now please play Keiko's Forever Forever from this same White Owl album. Thanks.
Beautiful
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Been a fan of her music dince theearly 90's.
She plays wonderful I saw her at the jazz concert
Saw her in SF @ Yoshi's over my bday weekend. And she is a beast on the keyboards! Do your thang, Ms. Matsui!!
snozberies
Been listening to her since I was 13 and now 35 still enjoy it more than ever.
I wish her DOLL album was here.
love her!!!
A true talent who has been putting out consistent albums out for some two decades now. One of the top jazz/fusion artists working today.
eric.wullich
Every time I hear Keikos music it reminds me of falling in love. Her music was playing on the stereo in the most intimate times of our relationship . We both admire her talent and spirit.
I can't stop listening I feel this music as it soothes my soul erh1950
hernandez657
love her music its relaxing
I have one word TALENTED!
janis1992
When Keiko comes onto the stage, she is this small delicate flower
however when you hear her play,she becomes a FOREST FIRE to be
admired with awe.
j.field1
What a Knock out!
Very romantic
This artist always finds a way to touch my soul! Beautiful music!!!
aromatika
What a kind dramatic music pattern ! love it !
Started liking her music,when I herd water Lilly.after that got hooked on her.very talented..!!
love this artist ;) totally a number one artist in my book
Love her music.
Really nice mellow music. I would love to see her one day.
Would love to see her perform live, I was always a fan of her music since the early 90's
maddie1200
She was incredible at the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Concert in Atlanta last night! Such a ridiculously gifted artist. Anyone who has an opportunity to see her live shouldn't even hesitate
Missed her show in Mi.soooooo bummed. :(
urielwilliam s 2 0 0
Saw Keiko live bout 8 yrs ago, love her
Hoping to catch her at One World Theatre in Austin this Sunday!
ybfrance
Soulful Sister!!!!!! She can hang with the best of them.
bonnieretegu i z
Listen to her all day at work, get many comments from co-workers about how mellow my work space is. This style of music is perfect for work, it keeps the stress away for sure.
eunice_graha m
Love her music, she was here in Michigan yesterday 8.4.13 and was great..
I could listen to her all day!! Truly talented!
She is one the most gifted Artist that I have had the privilage of hearing and seeing perform
by scorpio.
moondriver6
I'm 60 years young with a great appreciation of jazz. Are you telling me Bob James was not an influence if not a mentor? I remember over 20 years ago....she sounded close! The GrizzlyMonk
I've seen her at rams head in Annapolis md. See is outstanding. Love her music
dinendale
She bares her soul with great depth. I love her music. I must get all her CDs.
Love her music. d * * b
eunice_graha m
;-)
mpaxton44
I own every one of her CDs. I think that says it all.
odyssey2
Keiko Matsui is an amazing artist!
We saw Keiko perform for CD 101.9 fundraiser in the Palladuim she was so incredibly good that she was given multiple standing ovations no one wanted the show to end. She is one amazing lady.
She's one of my favorite artists. I love the drama in her compositions .
d-imani
Been a fan for a while & her musical style is amazing!! She never disappoints.
Hey Pandora, this bio is for Kazu Matsui, not Keiko. WTF?!
The track Black River reminds me of Keiko Mat\sui with Kenny G, but I know it's not Kenny G on the track.
WTF Please! Keiko Is a SHE.. At least get that part right...
Why is this article titled KEIKO Matsui, but is about her husband KAZU?
white34135
GOOD ALL THE WAY
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