Contemporary Jazz icon Keiko Matsui’s new album, ‘Moyo’ (Swahili for “heart and soul”), recorded on location with musicians in South Africa, Japan and the United States, introduces new sounds and rhythms to her elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz grooves. Matsui’s first self-produced album, ‘Moyo’ debuts April 24th from Shout! Factory for the suggested list price of $18.98.
The 12 new songs on ‘Moyo’ evoke a sense of freedom and independence, as this is the first time Matsui has had total artistic control. For this special project, Matsui invited other artists into the creative process, including legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela, tenor sax player Gerald Albright, soprano sax player Paul Taylor, Richard Bona on bass and vocals Akira Jimbo on Drums and Waldemar Bastos on Vocals.
Recording in South Africa influenced the songs on the album greatly. “A Great Romance” was inspired by a piano factory in the country side, the only place available for rehearsal, while “Marula” was written after she tasted the fruit from an elephant tree.
With over 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, Matsui is one of the most recognized artists in the genre. A mainstay on the concert circuit, Matsui looks forward to an extensive world tour this spring and summer. Dates begin in March in cities around the world from South Africa and Ukraine to Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY.
4/19/2007 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
4/20/2007 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
4/21/2007 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
4/22/2007 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
4/26/2007 – Vault 350 – Long Beach, CA
4/27/2007 – Vault 350 – Long Beach, CA
4/28/2007 – Vault 350 – Long Beach, CA
5/6/2007 – Thornton Winery – Temecula, CA
5/19/2007 – Palm Springs Jazz Festival – Palm Springs, CA
6/9/2007 – Japan America Theater – Los Angeles, CA
6/23/2007 – Boulder Station Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
6/27/2007 – Iridium Jazz Club – New York, NY
6/28/2007 – Iridium Jazz Club – New York, NY
6/29/2007 – Iridium Jazz Club – New York, NY
6/30/2007 – Iridium Jazz Club – New York, NY
11/1/2007 – Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts – Cerritos, CA
11/4/2007 – Jazz Cruise – Ft. Lauderdale, FL