Miyavi to Play Le Poisson Rouge

MIYAVI

Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. (VIP check in at 5:00 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker Street (at Thompson Street)

Admission: $125 VIP (waitlist) | $37.20

Veteran Japanese rocker Miyavi brings his “slap style” guitar playing to Le Poisson Rouge. It’s one stop on his 20th anniversary North America tour.

To purchase general admission tickets, please visit Le Poisson Rouge’s website. You can put your name on the waiting list for VIP tickets.

About Miyavi

Miyavi has the look and ambition of a manga/anime rock star, but he also has songs to back up his flamboyantly presented projects. He mixes acoustic pop, blues, and hip-hop elements into his eccentric blend of rock. Half Japanese and half Korean, Miyavi grew up in Japan, aspiring to be a soccer player. After his sports career was cut short by an injury at age 15, he switched to rock music.

He debuted professionally at 18, appearing in 1999 as Miyabi, the guitarist and chief songwriter of the visual kei band Dué Le Quartz. The group threw in the towel in 2002. By the end of the same year, Miyavi released his debut album Gagaku on the well-known indie label PS Company. This gloomy and musically bold affair, as well as its follow-up, Galyuu, gained him recognition on the national scene. During that time Miyavi also modeled for fashion brands, including, unsurprisingly, goth ones. He starred as himself in the movie Oresama, and was scheduled to play the US but had to cancel a string of shows.

Miyavi’s maxi single “Ashita, Genki ni Naare” topped the indie charts, and he signed with Universal, releasing his first major-label single, “Rock no Gyakushuu,” in October 2004. After releasing the major-label debut LP with the modest name of Miyavizm, he made a radical shift to acoustic pop, displayed on his Myv Pops and Miyaviuta — Dokusou albums, both issued in 2006, only to return to rock music as a member of the supergroup S.K.I.N., whose lineup also featured Yoshiki Hayashi of X Japan Sugizo of Luna Sea, Gackt, and Ju-Ken of Gackt’s touring band. S.K.I.N. debuted with a show at the Anime Expo 2007 in Long Beach, California, and the group remained a strictly live project.

Miyavi, meanwhile, continued to record; after the remix album 7 Samurai Sessions in2007, the double A-sided single “Sakihokoru Hana no You Ni” / “Kabuki Boiz” that debuted at number four on the charts, and a Japan/South Korea tour, he released his fourth major-label album, This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock. The subsequent tour in support of this record spanned—in addition to Japan—the Americas, Europe, and continental Asia. http://myv382tokyo.com/