Piano Earth-Rhythm in NY with Yasunobu Matsuo
Sunday, August 4 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American Association of New York – 49 West 45th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), 11th floor
Suggested donation: $10 (cash only)
Japanese composer, healing pianist, and synthesizer artist Yasunobu Matsuo performs a special piano concert at the Japanese American Association. Matsuo is known as a pioneer of “healing music,” a new genre created by his original melodies and harmonies. He often holds live performances in large, natural open spaces around the world, such as “power spots,” spiritual places that enhance life energy, purifying and relaxing both mind and body.
Since ancient times, music has had the power of healing, physically and mentally. For instance, specialists, such as therapists and chiropractors, have used music to calm people, to improve the well being of patients, and to treat insomnia.
After graduating from Osaka University of Arts as a musicology and musical composition major, Matsuo has had successful concert tours in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Middle East, and Europe. With more than 35 years of experience as a professional musician, Matsuo continues to express the healing power of man’s harmonious relationship with nature through the power of music.
Matsuo founded the group mar-pa in 1988 and made his major-label debut with PONY CANYON, a major leader in Japan’s music industry that is affiliated with Japanese media company Fujisankei Communications Group. Embarking on a solo career in 1992, Matsuo began composing music for the “Virtual Trip” DVD series, which introduced audiences to World Heritage Sites in Japan.
Japanese Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu chose Matsuo’s “Requiem of Heaven and Earth,” written about the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, as his program music during the 2015-16 exhibition season. Matsuo is also the composer for the recently released feature documentary Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan, directed by New York-based filmmaker Naomi Mizoguchi.
Seating for Sunday’s performance is limited, so please RSVP on Eventbrite.