|November 26, 2017|
|11:30 AM||to||12:00 PM|
|1:30 PM||to||2:30 PM|
[Title] ERIKA Reflections CD Release Party [11/26]
[Members] Erika Matsuo (Vocals), Art Hirahara (Piano), Junacho Herrera (Guitar), Boris Kozlov (Bass), Keita Ogawa (Percussion)
[Date] Sunday, November 26, 2017 (2 sets)
[Open] 10:30am / 1:00pm
[Show] 11:30am / 1:30pm
[Venue] Blue Note
[Address] 131 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012
– 1st set: http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=15939
– 2nd set: http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=15940
[Phone] (212) 475-8592
[Admission] $39.50 (Price includes brunch, music and a drink)
[Description] New York-based, Japanese jazz vocalist, Erika Matsuo, burst on to the international jazz scene in 2010 with her self-produced album, “Obsession” (ErikaJazz), a sensual sojourn through American, Brazilian and original songs, which was hailed by AllAboutJazz as “a promising debut, beautifully produced and finely performed.” She had previously self-produced a single, “Close My Eyes” (ErikaJazz) in 2007.
After graduating from City College, where she was also awarded the prestigious Pro Musica award, which is given to graduating music majors for distinguished service to the cause of music at the college, Erika went on to win first prize in the highly prestigious Asakusa Jazz Contest in Japan and, in 2007, was featured in Coca Cola’s So-Ken-Bi Cha TV commercial – becoming one of the most recognized voices in Japan.
Based in New York, she has performed at many of the city’s top venues, including BB Kings, Sweet Rhythm, the Kitano, S.O.B.’s and the Blue Note, and regularly tours Japan.
In March of 2012, she did a guest performance for Monday Michiru at the Long Island Jazz Festival. She followed up this to be featured for her “caressing vocals” on the acclaimed trumpeter from the Duke Ellington Orchestra, James Zollar’s 2013 album “ All Good People”.
Also in 2013, Erika released her second album, “True Colors”. This Album was picked by the prestigious jazz website JazzPage.com as “Finest Vocal Album of 2013″, and awarded her first place on the JazzPage.com Readers Poll.
In 2015, Erika, inspired by the people she had met and worked with during her many tours of Japan and in NYC, over the past ten years, she produced her third album “Nostalgia”. This album features four achingly beautiful original songs which represent the four seasons of the year and describes the nostalgia of some of these encounters.
While back in Japan in August of 2015, Erika appeared on the popular national TV show, Woman on the Planet and was featured on a recording session and ”behind the scenes” shooting of a video with Japanese super model/celebrity, Rola.
In 2017, Erika came out with her latest album, “Reflections” in which she songs written for her by Monday Michiru and Yusuke Hirado. She had over 14 different musicians record with her on this album including Steve Wilson, David Gilmore and Johnathan Blake. The album is scheduled to be released in both Japan and the U.S. on October 11th, 2017. Erika also did a guest performance on Stacey Kent’s album “ KNOW I DREAM”, scheduled to also come out in October. During the year, Erika did a few guest performance for Yusuke Hirado’s new project “ Yusuke Hirado Prospect”. She performed for his first song in that album at the Tower Record’s InstaLive event that was shown simultaneously at five Tower Record locations. She also performed for him on a performance on Nagasaki NBC TV station, as well as a guest performer with his band at the Nakazu Jazz Festival. Also at the Nakazu Jazz Festival, she performed with Yusuke Hirado and Motoharu of Sax fame.
Erika will be performing at Blue Note New York on November 26th to commemorate the release of her album “Reflections”.